Betty Grable
Below is a complete filmography (list of movies she's appeared in) for Betty Grable . If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@chixinflix.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.
All-Star Line-Up (1955)
How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)
[ Sheree North ]
Three for the Show (1955)
Entertainment on Wheels (1954)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
[ Marilyn Monroe ][ Lauren Bacall ]
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)
Meet Me After the Show (1951)
Call Me Mister (1951)
My Blue Heaven (1950)
Wabash Avenue (1950)
[ Margaret Hamilton ]
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
[ Margaret Hamilton ]
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
[ Anne Baxter ]
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Do You Love Me (1946)
Hollywood Park (1946)
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
[ Julie London ]
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Coney Island (1943)
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
Footlight Serenade (1942)
[ Jane Wyman ][ Sheila Ryan ]
Song of the Islands (1942)
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Million Dollar Legs (1939)
Man About Town (1939)
[ Dorothy Lamour ]
The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)
Campus Confessions (1938)
Give Me a Sailor (1938)
[ Leslie Hope ]
College Swing (1938)
[ Leslie Hope ]
Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)
[ Dorothy Lamour ]
This Way Please (1937)
Pigskin Parade (1936)
[ Judy Garland ]
Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)
Follow the Fleet (1936)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rodgers ]
Collegiate (1936)
The Spirit of 1976 (1935)
A Quiet Fourth (1935)
Old Man Rhythm (1935)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Drawing Rumors (1935)
A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (1935)
[ Lucille Ball ]
The Nitwits (1935)
Ferry-Go-Round (1934)
By Your Leave (1934)
[ Margaret Hamilton ]
Student Tour (1934)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
[ Ginger Rodgers ]
Susie's Affairs (1934)
Business Is a Pleasure (1934)
Love Detectives (1934)
Elmer Steps Out (1934)
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)
School for Romance (1934)
Cavalcade (1933)
Air Tonic (1933)
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933)
What Price Innocence? (1933)
Melody Cruise (1933)
Child of Manhattan (1933)
The Kid from Spain (1932)
[ Jane Wyman ][ Paulette Goddard ][ Foby Wing ]
Over the Counter (1932)
Hold 'Em Jail (1932)
The Age of Consent (1932)
Hollywood Lights (1932)
The Flirty Sleepwalker (1932)
Probation (1932)
Hollywood Luck (1932)
Lady! Please! (1932)
The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)
[ Joan Blondell ]
Once a Hero (1931)
Palmy Days (1931)
[ Foby Wing ]
Ex-Sweeties (1931)
Crashing Hollywood (1931)
Kiki (1931)
Whoopee! (1930)
New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930)
Let's Go Places (1930)
Happy Days (1929)


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Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Lillian was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother's guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing. At 13, Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Ruth landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as Whoopee! (1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930), Happy Days (1929/I) and Let's Go Places (1930). In 1932 she signed with RKO Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in By Your Leave (1934). One of her big roles was in College Swing (1938). Unfortunately, the public didn't seem to take notice. She was beginning to think she was a failure. The next year she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford in Down Argentine Way (1940), the public finally took notice of this shining bright star. Stardom came through comedies such as Coney Island (1943) and Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943). The public was enchanted with Betty. Her famous pin-up pose during World War II adorned barracks all around the world. With that pin-up and as the star of lavish musicals, Betty became the highest-paid star in Hollywood. After the war, her star continued to rise. In 1947 the US Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid star in America, earning about 0,000 a year - a phenomenal sum even by today's standards. Later, 20th Century-Fox, who had her under contract, insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars. Betty continued to be popular until the mid-50s, when musicals went into a decline. Her last film was How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. In 1965 she divorced band leader Harry James, whom she had wed in 1943. Betty died of cancer on July 2, 1973, in Santa Monica, CA. Her life was an active one, devoid of the scandals that plagued many stars in one way or another. In reality, she cared for her family and the family life more than stardom. In that way, she was a true star.


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