Sheree North

Born Jan 17, 1932

Dawn Shirley Bethel, better known as Sheree North, was an American film and television actress, dancer, and occasional singer. She is probably best-known for being Twentieth Century-Fox's alternative to Marilyn Monroe during the 1950s. She starred in films such as: How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) and The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956), before the studio lost interest in her and released her in 1958.… Read More

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1932 Birth North was born as Dawn Shirley Crang in Los Angeles, California, on January 17, 1932, the daughter of June Shoard and Richard Crang. … Read More


1948 16 Years Old 1 More Event
She began dancing in USO shows during World War II at age ten. In 1948, she married Fred Bessire.
1949 17 Years Old She bore her first child at age 17 in 1949, and continued dancing in clubs under the stage name Shirley Mae Bessire. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old She was then spotted by a choreographer performing at the Macayo Club in Santa Monica, and was cast as a chorus girl in the 1953 film Here Come the Girls, starring Bob Hope. … Read More
In early 1954, aged 22, she appeared in a live TV version of Cole Porter's Anything Goes on The Colgate Comedy Hour, with Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, and Bert Lahr.
1955 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955, she was assigned the lead role opposite Betty Grable in How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955), a role that Marilyn Monroe had refused to accept. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The film premiered with much fanfare in January 1956, and became a box office success, grossing over $4 million in the United States. … Read More
1958 26 Years Old After North's contract with Fox ended in 1958, her career stalled. … Read More


1962 30 Years Old North joined the cast of I Can Get It for You Wholesale in 1962, which featured Elliott Gould and introduced Barbra Streisand. … Read More
1963 31 Years Old Her third marriage was to psychologist Gerhardt Sommer, with whom she had another daughter, Erica Eve, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1963.
1966 34 Years Old After an eight-year absence from film acting, North accepted a lead role in the B-movie science-fiction film Destination Inner Space in 1966. … Read More


1975 43 Years Old 1 More Event
She had supporting roles in two Charles Bronson movies, Breakout in 1975, and Telefon in 1977. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old During the 1980–81 season North starred in I'm a Big Girl Now with Diana Canova, Danny Thomas, and Martin Short. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old In 1983, she appeared in the ensemble cast of the Steven Bochco series Bay City Blues. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old In 1988, she gave a poignant performance in the film "Maniac Cop" that got North some long-deserved recognition. … Read More


2005 74 Years Old On November 4, 2005, North died during cancer surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. … Read More
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