52 Facts About Dorothy Lamour


Dorothy Lamour is best remembered for having appeared in the Road to.


In 1940, Dorothy Lamour made her first Road series comedy film Road to Singapore.


Dorothy Lamour made a brief appearance and sang a song near the end of that film.


Dorothy Lamour married her second husband, William Ross Howard III, in 1943.


Mary Leta Dorothy Lamour Slaton was born on December 10,1914, at Charity ward at New Orleans East Hospital in New Orleans, the daughter of Carmen Louise and John Watson Slaton, both of whom were waiters.


Dorothy Lamour was of Spanish with some English, French and possibly distant Irish descent.


Dorothy Lamour's mother married for the second time to Clarence Lambour, whose surname Dorothy later adopted and modified as her stage name.


That marriage ended in divorce when Dorothy Lamour was a teenager.


Dorothy Lamour began entering beauty pageants, was crowned Miss New Orleans in 1931, and went on to compete in Galveston's Pageant of Pulchritude.


Dorothy Lamour used the prize money to support herself while she worked in a stock theatre company.


Dorothy Lamour found a job working at Marshall Field's department store, working as an elevator operator at the age of 16.


Dorothy Lamour was discovered by orchestra leader Herbie Kay when he spotted her in performance at a Chicago talent show held at the Hotel Morrison.


Dorothy Lamour had an audition the next day; Kay hired her as a singer for his orchestra and, in 1935, Lamour went on tour with him.


Dorothy Lamour sang on the popular Rudy Vallee radio show and The Chase and Sanborn Hour.


On January 30,1944, Dorothy Lamour starred in "For This We Live", an episode of Silver Theater on CBS radio.


Dorothy Lamour made her first film for Paramount, College Holiday, in which she has a bit part as an uncredited dancer.


The Jungle Princess was a big hit for the studio and Dorothy Lamour would be associated with sarongs for the rest of her career.


Dorothy Lamour was top billed in The Last Train from Madrid.


Dorothy Lamour supported Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott in High, Wide and Handsome, singing "The Things I Want".


The film was a massive success and gave Dorothy Lamour another hit song with "The Moon of Manakoora".


Raft was meant to be Dorothy Lamour's leading man in St Louis Blues but he turned down the part and was replaced by Lloyd Nolan.


Dorothy Lamour was Jack Benny's leading lady in the musical Man About Town then played a Chinese girl in a melodrama, Disputed Passage.


In 1940, Dorothy Lamour starred in Road to Singapore, a spoof of Dorothy Lamour's "sarong" films.


Dorothy Lamour stands there before the camera and ad-libs with Crosby and me knowing that the way the script is written she'll come second or third best, but she fears nothing.


Dorothy Lamour sang "This is the Beginning of the End" and "Dancing for Nickels and Dimes".


Dorothy Lamour was reunited with her old Hurricane star, Jon Hall, in Aloma of the South Seas.


Dorothy Lamour did a popular musical with Eddie Bracken, William Holden and Betty Hutton, The Fleet's In, which gave her a hit song, "I Remember You".


Dorothy Lamour was one of many Paramount stars who did guest shots in Star Spangled Rhythm.


Dorothy Lamour was known for her volunteer work, selling war bonds during tours in which movie stars would travel the country selling US government bonds to the public.


Dorothy Lamour reportedly sold $300 million worth of bonds earning her the nickname "The Bond Bombshell".


Dorothy Lamour volunteered at the Hollywood Canteen where she would dance and talk to soldiers.


In 1965, Dorothy Lamour was awarded a belated citation from the United States Department of the Treasury for her war bond sales.


Dorothy Lamour made one last sarong movie, Rainbow Island, co-starring Bracken.


Dorothy Lamour played a Mexican in A Medal for Benny, based on a story by John Steinbeck, co-starring Arturo de Cordova.


Dorothy Lamour was one of many Paramount stars to cameo in Duffy's Tavern, then did a fourth "Road", Road to Utopia, then Masquerade in Mexico with de Cordova.


Dorothy Lamour was in three big hits in a row: My Favorite Brunette, a comedy with Hope; Wild Harvest, a melodrama with Alan Ladd and Preston; and Road to Rio.


Dorothy Lamour sang a duet with Ladd in Variety Girl.


Dorothy Lamour emceed Front and Center, a 1947 variety comedy show, as a summer replacement for The Fred Allen Show, with the Army Air Force recruiting as sponsors.


Dorothy Lamour tried two comedies: The Lucky Stiff, produced by Jack Benny co-starring Brian Donlevy, then Slightly French with Don Ameche.


However this did not seem to lead to better film offers, and Dorothy Lamour began concentrating on being a nightclub entertainer and a stage actress.


Dorothy Lamour returned to movies with a cameo in the final "Road" film, The Road to Hong Kong ; she was replaced as a love interest by Joan Collins because Bing Crosby wanted a younger actress.


Dorothy Lamour had a bigger part in John Ford's Donovan's Reef with John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and made guest appearances on shows like Burke's Law, I Spy and The Name of the Game, and films such as Pajama Party and The Phynx.


Dorothy Lamour moved to Baltimore with her family, where she appeared on TV and worked on the city's cultural commission.


Dorothy Lamour starred in a number of movie musicals and sang in many of her comedies and dramatic films as well.


Dorothy Lamour's husband died in 1978, but she continued to work for "therapy".


In 1980, Dorothy Lamour published her autobiography My Side of the Road and revived her nightclub act.


The 72-year-old Dorothy Lamour quipped: "Well, at my age you can't lean against a palm tree and sing 'Moon of Manakoora'", she said.


Early in her career, Lamour met J Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Dorothy Lamour was a registered Republican who supported the presidency of Ronald Reagan as well as Reagan's re-election in 1984.


Dorothy Lamour died at her home in North Hollywood on September 22,1996, at the age of 81.


Dorothy Lamour's funeral was held at St Charles Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where she was a member.


Dorothy Lamour was interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.