Pin-Up: The Tragedy of Betty Grable ebook
by Spero Pastos
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very interesting book on Betty Grable. It was a good book and arrived as promised. For the older generation who remembers Bettie Grable, it was very enlightening. 4 people found this helpful. 2 people found this helpful.
Elizabeth Ruth Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, model, and singer.
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Mass Market Paperback. ISBN13: 9780399131899.
Born to Billie Grable, Betty was doomed. The book does what celebrity bios are supposed to do, pruriently detailing all of her human frailties. Her cold, horribly manipulative ""stage mother"" forced the unwilling child to debase and humiliate herself to fulfill her own star fantasies. Billie abandoned her husband and other daughter, dragging Betty from St. Louis to Hollywood. The 13-year-old became the meal ticket, though she had periods of little success. It is hard to see it as a tragedy, exactly, because there are no dramatic turning points, no idols toppled, no hopes failed. It is an unremittingly grim tale, light-black from pole to pole.
by Spero Pastos Although she was the female superstar of her day, Betty .
by Spero Pastos Although she was the female superstar of her day, Betty Grable will always be remembered not fo. The picture became a cherished pin-up for American Gls, and Betty Grable their innocent wartime fantasy girl. But according to this book she had a complex, often grim real life-another saga of disillusionment out of the Mommie Dearest school of celebrity biography. A contract actress at 13 and a Broadway head-liner at 22, Grable became tops at the movie box office in 1943, edging out Bob Hope. Marilyn Monroe would later cultivate her as a friend, studying her body movements and extracting what tips she could about becoming a sex goddess.
Grable was noted for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. One in every five American servicemen during the war owned this picture of Betty Grable. They were insured for a million dollars at the Lloyds of London.