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Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, in St. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman 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. Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Betty real age 13 , landed several minor parts in films in , such as Whoopee! The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in By Your Leave
A star is born
The U. Grable began her film career in at age 12, after which she was fired from a contract when it was learned she signed up under false identification. She had contracts with RKO and Paramount Pictures during the s, and appeared in a string of B movies , mostly portraying college students. She replaced Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way , her first major Hollywood film, and became Fox's biggest film star throughout the next decade. Fox cast Grable in a succession of Technicolor musicals during the decade that were immensely popular, co-starring with such leading men as Victor Mature , Don Ameche , John Payne , and Tyrone Power. In , she was the number-one box office draw in the world and, in , she was the highest-paid entertainer in the United States. Two of her biggest film successes were the musical Mother Wore Tights and the comedy How to Marry a Millionaire , one of her last films. Grable retired from screen acting in after she withdrew from her Fox contract, although she continued to perform on the stage and on television.
Betty Grable was well known for her beauty and was widely popular in the 's as a pin-up girl. Betty's ingratiating freshness and beauty appealed strongly to the American G. Although she never toured outside the United States for the U. Volunteering at the Hollywood Canteen, a club for servicemen staffed entirely by film stars and studio workers, she 'Jitterbugged' the night away with hundreds of soldiers, sailors and marines She…married the bandleader Harry James [on] July 5, The pin-ups of WWII were out in the open and sanctioned by the government; photos were allowed to decorate airplane cockpits and army barracks. Life magazine had coined the term "pin-up" [a usually female model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as pop culture 10 ] in the July 7, issue, and the name stuck.