“There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.” Betty Grable
Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Grable, born December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, started off in showbiz at the urging of her stern ‘stage mom’ who was determined to have a daughter in the limelight. Her early work as a chorus girl no doubt helped to develop her trademark shapely legs. She worked her way up to being one of the top stars of her time and also one of the most famous pin-up girls in history. Betty emerged as America’s sweetheart with a lead role in Down Argentine Way(1940) with Carmen Miranda. And she went on to appear in many other films, including Moon over Miami, Mother Wore Tights , Springtime in the Rockies, Four Jills and a Jeep, I Wake Up Screaming and How to Marry a Millionaire.
Betty Grable’s iconic WWII pin-up photo
And her iconic pin-up photo shot by Frank Polowny in 1943 became a favorite of WWII soldiers. LIFE magazine named this shot as one of the top 100 photographs that changed the world. Not only was it a major morale booster for numerous servicemen in WWII, it was also the inspiration for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Magazine! Her all-American girl next door good looks and sweet disposition helped Betty to become the highest paid celebrity from 1943 to 1951. (TIME Magazine)
Betty Grable, the famous legs and some fabulous 1940s shoes! Source Fanpix
Betty in an amazing pink gown worn in Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
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Betty Grable in a publicity shot for ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’. 1953
Some lucky fellow applying cold cream to Betty Grable’s famous gams in LIFE Magazine. June 1943
Ms. Grable’s legs were insured for a million dollars by her studio.
Her classic, girl next door, pin-up style still inspires vintage loving gals the world over till this day. Red lips, her fabulous hairstyles with their victory rolls and swirling updos, sassy poses and legs for miles! Today, on her birthday, we remember the original pin-up queen – Betty Grable.
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