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Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour in the 1941 film Road to Zanzibar
Birth name Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton
Born December 10, 1914
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died September 22, 1996
Los Angeles, California
Other name(s) The beautiful one
The Sarong Girl
Dottie
Spouse(s) Herbie Kaye (1935 - 1939)
William Ross Howard III (1943 - 1978) 2 children

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Early life

Lamour was born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Watson Slaton and Carmen Louise LaPorte; both of her parents were waiters.[1] Her parent's marriage lasted only a few years, but Carmen later remarried Clarence Lambour, and Dorothy took his last name. The marriage also ended in divorce when Dorothy was a teenager. The family finances were so desperate that when she was 15, she forged her mother's name to a document that authorized her to drop out of school. Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ...


Later, however, she did go to a secretarial school that did not require her to have a high school diploma. She regarded herself as an excellent typist and usually typed her own letters, even after she became quite wealthy.


After she won the 1931 Miss New Orleans beauty contest, she and her mother moved to Chicago, where Lamour earned $17 a week as an elevator operator for the Marshall Field department store on State Street. She had no training as a singer but was persuaded by a friend to try out for a female vocalist's spot with Herbie Kay, a band leader who had a national radio show called "The Yeast Foamers", apparently because it was sponsored by Fleischmann's Yeast. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Marshall Field (1834 -1906) was founder of Marshall Field and Company, the Chicago based chain of department stores. ... State Street is a common American street name. ...


She left Kay's group and moved to Manhattan, where Rudy Vallee, then a popular singer, helped her get a singing job at a popular night club, El Morocco. She later worked at 1 Fifth Avenue, a cabaret where she met Louis B. Mayer, the Hollywood studio chief. It was Mayer who eventually arranged for her to have a screen test, which led to her Paramount contract in 1935. Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... El Morocco was a 20th century Manhattan nightclub frequented by the rich and famous in the 1930s and 1950s. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... ... Look up Paramount on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Paramount can refer to: Paramount, California, a city in Los Angeles County Paramount Pictures, a motion picture company Paramount Records, a record label United Paramount Network (UPN), a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ...


In 1935, she had her own fifteen-minute weekly musical program on NBC Radio. She also sang on the popular Rudy Vallee radio show. The 1986 Peacock logo, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. ... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ...


When she was at her zenith as a star, her fans suggested that an agent had adopted her last name from the French word for "love" as a box-office ploy. In fact, the name was close to one in the family; Lamour adapted it herself from Lambour, which was the last name of her stepfather, Clarence.


Career

In 1936, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in films for Paramount Pictures. The role that made her a star was Ulah (a sort of female Tarzan) in The Jungle Princess (1936). She wore a sarong, which would become associated with her, and captivated many viewers with her sensuous exotic attractive appearance. While she first achieved stardom as a sex symbol, Lamour also showed talent as both a comic and dramatic actress. She was among the most popular actresses in motion pictures from 1936 to 1952. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... James H. Pierce and Joan Burroughs Pierce starred in the 1932-34 Tarzan radio series 1964 Edition of Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. ... We dont have an article called The Jungle Princess Start this article Search for The Jungle Princess in. ... A sarong or sarung is a large sheet of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a skirt by men and women throughout much of south Asia and southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and on many Pacific islands. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


She appeared in the classic series of "Road to..." movies, such as Road to Morocco, also starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the 1940s and 1950s. The movies were enormously popular during the 1940s, and they regularly placed among the very top moneymaking films each year as a new one came out. While the films centered more on the talents of Hope and Crosby, Lamour held her own as their straight man, looked beautiful, and sang some of her most popular songs. Her appearance in the films was considered by the public and theater owners of equal importance during the series' golden era, 1940-1952. It was only after the series was essentially over with the release of Road to Bali in 1952 and her career declining while co-stars Hope and Crosby remained major show business figures that her contributions to the series began being downplayed by journalists. During the World War II years, Lamour was among the most popular pinup girls among American servicemen, along with Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner. Lamour was also largely responsible for starting up the war bond tours in which movie stars would travel the country selling war bonds for the US Government to the public. Lamour alone promoted the sale of over $21 million dollars worth of war bonds, and other stars promoted the sale of a billion more. Road to. ... Road to Morocco is a 1942 comedy film which tells the story of two fast-talking guys who find themselves tossed up on a desert shore and sold into slavery to a beautiful princess. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... A straight man is a role in a comedy double act where a performer works with a comedian by setting up the situations or feeding the lines that allow their partner to make a joke. ... Road to Bali is a 1952 comedy film. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A pin-up girl is a woman whose physical attractiveness would entice one to place a picture of her on a wall. ... Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American dancer, singer, and actress. ... Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), born Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino, was an American actress of Spanish and Anglo-Irish descent who reached fame during the 1940s as the eras leading sex symbol. ... Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an Academy award-nominated American film actress. ... An American War Bonds poster from 1942 War bonds are a type of savings bond used by combatant nations to help fund a war effort. ...


Some of Dorothy Lamour's other notable films include John Ford's The Hurricane (1937), Spawn of the North (1938), Disputed Passage (1939), Johnny Apollo (1940), Aloma of the South Seas (1941), Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942), Dixie (1943), A Medal for Benny (1945), My Favorite Brunette (1947), On Our Merry Way (1948) and the best picture Oscar-winner The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Her leading men included the likes of William Holden, Tyrone Power, Ray Milland, Henry Fonda, Jack Benny, George Raft, and Fred MacMurray. John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director famous for westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers and adaptations of such classic 20th century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. ... The Hurricane is a 1937 film with Thomas Mitchell. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Spawn of the North is a 1938 film about rival fishermen in Alaska starring George Raft, Henry Fonda, and John Barrymore. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Dixie is a 1943 biographical film of the American songwriter Daniel Decatur Emmett. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Medal for Benny is a 1945 film conceived by writer Jack Wagner, who enlisted his longtime friend John Steinbeck to help him put it into script form. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... My Favorite Brunette is a 1947 movie starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Greatest Show on Earth is the slogan for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... William Holden (April 17, 1918 – ca. ... Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... Ray Milland (January 3, 1905 – March 10, 1986) was a successful Welsh actor and director who worked primarily in the United States. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... Raft in They Drive by Night George Raft (September 26, 1895 - November 24, 1980) was an American film actor most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Fred MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an actor who appeared in over one hundred movies and a highly successful television series during a career that lasted from the 1930s to the 1970s. ...


Dorothy Lamour starred in a number of movie musicals and sang in many of her comedies and dramatic films as well, introducing a number of standards including "The Moon of Manakoora", "I Remember You", "It Could Happen to You", "Personality", and "But Beautiful". Lamour's film career petered out in the early 1950s and she began a new career as a nightclub entertainer and occasional stage actress. In the 1960s she returned to the screen for secondary roles in three films and became more active in the legitimate theater, headlining a road company of Hello Dolly! for over a year near the end of the decade. Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilders 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. ...


Later years

Lamour's lack of pretension and good humor allowed to have a remarkably long career in show business for someone best known as a glamour girl. She was a popular draw on the dinner theatre circuit of the 1970s. After the 1978 death of her longtime husband William Howard (whom she married in 1943), following a year of grieving, Lamour kicked her career into high gear, publishing her autobiography My Side of the Road in 1980, reviving her nightclub act, and performing in plays and acting on such television shows as Hart to Hart, Crazy Like a Fox, and Murder She Wrote. Dinner theater is an entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play. ... Stefanie Powers & Robert Wagner Lionel Stander & Freeway Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series that aired between 1984 and 1986. ... Categories: Television stubs | Crime television series ...


As she entered her late seventies, in 1990, she made only a handful of professional appearances but she remained a popular interview subject for publications and TV talk and news programs. In 1995 the musical Swinging on a Star, a revue of songs written by Johnny Burke opened on Broadway and ran for three months; Lamour was credited as a "special advisor" in the credits. Burke wrote many of the most famous "Road to..." movie songs and well as the score to Lamour's And the Angels Sing. The musical only ran three months but was nominated for the Best Musical Tony Award and the actress playing "Dorothy Lamour" in the Road movie segment, Kathy Fitzgerald was also nominated. Although the song Swinging on a Star is often associated with Frank Sinatra, its start came with Bing Crosby. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... And the Angels Sing is a film musical, which was first released in 1944. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Road Movie is a 2002 South Korean film about a love triangle among a woman, a man who loves her, and a gay man who loves him. ...


Lamour died at her home in North Hollywood, California at the age of 81 from a heart attack. She was interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, after a Catholic funeral service. North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


Filmography

Footlight Parade is a 1933 musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell (whose character is almost autobiographical), Frank McHugh, Ruth Donnelly and Guy Kibbee. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... We dont have an article called The Jungle Princess Start this article Search for The Jungle Princess in. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... High, Wide, and Handsome (2006) is a film comedy about NASCAR racing that is currently in production. ... The Hurricane is a 1937 film directed by John Ford about a tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean. ... The Big Broadcast of 1938 was the last in a series of movies that were variety anthologies--vaudeville on film, in a sense. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Spawn of the North is a 1938 film about rival fishermen in Alaska starring George Raft, Henry Fonda, and John Barrymore. ... A number of short and feature films have been entitled . ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... orchard road This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Road to Zanzibar is a 1941 Paramount Pictures comedy film starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour and marked the second picture in the popular Road to. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Caught in the Draft is a 1941 comedy/war film, directed by David Butler. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Road to Morocco is a 1942 comedy film which tells the story of two fast-talking guys who find themselves tossed up on a desert shore and sold into slavery to a beautiful princess. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Show Business at War was a 1943 short (17 minutes) film touting the film industrys contribution to the war effort. ... Dixie is a 1943 biographical film of the American songwriter Daniel Decatur Emmett. ... Riding High (1950) is a musical racetrack film featuring Bing Crosby and directed by Frank Capra in which the songs were actually sung as the movie was being filmed instead of the customary lip-syncing to previous recordings. ... And the Angels Sing is a film musical, which was first released in 1944. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A Medal for Benny is a 1945 film conceived by writer Jack Wagner, who enlisted his longtime friend John Steinbeck to help him put it into script form. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1945 film adaptation of Duffys Tavern Duffys Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of... Road to Utopia]] is the only Road to. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Favorite Brunette is a 1947 movie starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Variety Girl is a movie musical, produced by Paramount. ... Road to Rio is a 1948 comedy film, directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Manhandled is a 1949 film produced by Paramount Pictures B-unit Pine-Thomas. ... Here Comes the Groom is a 1951 romantic comedy musical starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, and directed by Frank Capra. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Greatest Show on Earth is the slogan for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Road to Bali is a 1952 comedy film. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The Road to Hong Kong, released in 1962 was the final entry in the long running Road series starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and the only one of the series not produced by Paramount Pictures. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Donovans Reef is a 1963 American action/comedy motion picture from director John Ford, about a snooty young woman from Boston who comes to a South Pacific isle in search of her missing father and encounters a pair of old sailors. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pajama Party is a Beach Party film that was made in 1964 starring Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Phynx is a 1970 comedy film directed by Lee H. Katzin. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... Creepshow 2 DVD cover Creepshow 2 is a 1987 film directed by Michael Gornick. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...

References

  1. ^ Dorothy Lamour: 1914-1996 By RICHARD SEVERO

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