Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was an American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, model and singer. Her 42 films during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million, and for 10 consecutive years she placed among the Quigley Poll's top 10 box office stars. The U.S. Treasury Department listed her as the highest-salaried American woman in 1946 and 1947, and she earned more than $3 million during her career. Grable began her film career in 1929 at age 12 and was later fired from a contract for having signed with a false identification. She had contracts with RKO and Paramount Pictures during the 1930s and appeared in a string of B movies, mostly portraying college students. She came to prominence in the Broadway musical DuBarry Was a Lady, which brought her to the attention of 20th Century-Fox. She replaced Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way, her first major Hollywood film, and became Fox's biggest film star throughout the next decade.

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