Shirley Ross

Actress + Singer
Born Jan 7, 1913

Shirley Ross was an American actress and singer.

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1913 Birth Born in 1913.


1931 18 Years Old By 1931, her final year at Hollywood High, she was fully involved in the thespian side of things and, as before, attracting notices in the Los Angeles Times.


1933 20 Years Old 1 More Event
During her second year at UCLA, Gaunt auditioned successfully for Gus Arnheim's band, with whom she would make her first recordings in 1933 at the age of 20. … Read More
1936 23 Years Old Not until 1936, when the studio loaned her services to Paramount, did Ross' career start to take off.
Her temporary employers immediately paired Ross with Ray Milland as the romantic leads in The Big Broadcast of 1937. … Read More
1938 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Getting back to 1938, the enormous popularity of TFTM (which, btw, was recorded, if Ross' memory serves, in one take) led to a sequel of sorts as the two co-starred in the thematically unrelated 1938 film Thanks for the Memory, in which they debuted the Frank Loesser/Hoagy Carmichael tune, "Two Sleepy People."
1939 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Ross and Hope also introduced "The Lady's in Love with You" (again with lyrics by Loesser, but with music by Burton Lane) in their final film together, 1939's Some Like It Hot (more recently retitled Rhythm Romance to avoid confusion with the otherwise unrelated 1959 comedy of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis). … Read More
1940 27 Years Old With her film fortunes fading, Ross was happy to renew her ties with Rodgers and Hart, playing the lead in their 1940 Broadway musical, Higher and Higher. … Read More


1945 32 Years Old In 1945, she made her final onscreen appearance, in A Song for Miss Julie (an exceedingly obscure piece, though perhaps with good reason, of which Ross, about a decade into her premature - but, it seems, cheerfully accepted - retirement, would say only this: "It was a deadly little thing"). … Read More


1975 62 Years Old Died in 1975.
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