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Betty Grable

An American actress, singer.

The star and pin up girl during World War II,a girl with great legs and one you could take home and meet your mother.

Grable married the famous former child-actor, Jackie Coogan, but Coogan was under considerable stress from a lawsuit against his parents over his earnings, and the couple divorced in 1940.

In 1943, she married jazz trumpeter and big band leader Harry James. The couple had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica. They endured a tumultuous 22-year-long marriage that was plagued by alcoholism and infidelity. Betty finally divorced Harry in 1965.

Her films lent to the sweet everyday film that pleased but
never much to rave about.

Some of her known films were ’How to Marry A Millionaire’ 1953
’My Blue Heaven’ 1950.

Her legs were insured for $1,000,000 per leg at Lloyds of London.

She died of lung cancer at age 56 in Santa Monica, California. Betty had been a heavy smoker, and often smoked three packs of cigarettes a day.

Her funeral was held July 5, 1973, thirty years to the day after her marriage to Harry James -- who, in turn, died on what would have been his and Grable's 40th anniversary, July 5, 1983.

The above photo shot was included in "LIFE" magazine's 100 Photos that Changed the World.
The above image was released for promotional use.
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