Grable finally obtained a role in Whoopee!, starring Eddie Cantor and eventually played in some twenty films by 1939, including the Academy Award-nominated The Gay Divorcee, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In 1935, she married another famous child actor, Jackie Coogan, but Coogan was under considerable stress due to his lawsuit against his parents over his earnings, and the marriage came apart three years later.
Grable's later career was marked by feuds with studio heads, who worked her to exhaustion. At one point, in the middle of a fight with Daryl Zanuck, she tore up her contract with him and stormed out of his office. Gradually leaving movies entirely, she made the transition to television, and starred in Las Vegas.
Betty Grable died of cancer in 1973.
Betty Grable Facts
|Birth Name||Ruth Elizabeth Grable|
|Birthday||December 18, 1916|
|Birthplace||St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Date of death||July 2, 1973 (age 56)|
|Height||5' 4" (1m63) How tall is Betty Grable compared to you?|