Destiny and her mother's driving ambition set Betty Grable on the road to stardom at an early age. Read about the friendships and rivalries she formed during her climb to the top as "Queen of the Fox Lot." Discover how she was toppled from her throne by Marilyn Monroe. How did the two blonde bombshells really feel about each other? Was there a feud with Ginger Rogers? Learn how Betty's lifelong love for animals cost her "the role of a lifetime". See what her fellow cast and crew members had to say about "the solid gold blonde". Finally, meet the lady behind the celebrity and see how Betty herself felt about her family, private life and loves, friends and enemies.
When author Tom McGee first met and interviewed Betty Grable, it was with the intent of doing some feature articles. Further research and numerous personal interviews with her friends, family, and co-workers led him to two conclusions. He learned first, that Grable's talents had never been given the recognition they deserved, and second, that there was a lot more to Betty Grable than met the eye. This book addresses both of these facts.
Known to the world as its most glamorous pin-up girl, Grable was indeed much more than that. You may laugh and you may cry, but you will not be untouched by this story of one of Hollywood's brightest stars.
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Twenty-two years after her death, Betty Grable still has a fan club. McGee was himself a die-hard Grable aficionado when he interviewed her for a Glasgow newspaper. The interview was followed by additional conversations with Grable and those who knew her best. The results are a detailed, career-oriented biography of the superstar who at one time received 12,000 fan letters per week. McGee shows us a humorous, hardworking, easygoing woman whose mother taught her to dance and who appeared in her first film at age 14. Hers was an active, scandal-free life--Hollywood, Broadway, nightclubs, television, two husbands, two daughters, and scores of famous friends, including her supposed replacement, Marilyn Monroe. McGee has lovingly captured the woman who admitted that her family meant more to her than her fabulous career; a woman who believed that her face, not her famous legs, held her fortune. This is a newsy, respectful, affectionate tribute to a trouper whose death at age 56 was mourned around the world. McGee's book is Grable's longest fan letter. Anyone looking for dirt had better dig elsewhere. Patricia Hassler
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Book Description Vestal Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1879511150
Book Description Vestal Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111879511150