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Also Known As: Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton Died: September 22, 1996
Born: December 10, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor, singer, radio performer, elevator operator

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Few Golden Age actresses looked better in a sarong than Dorothy Lamour, but the New Orleans native had more to offer the entertainment world than just her striking multinational beauty. She began her entertainment career as a singer and it was in that capacity that she first attracted the attention of Hollywood. Lamour found early fame in the adventure yarns "The Jungle Princess" (1936) and "The Hurricane" (1937), and proved to be an appealing romantic interest for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in "Road to Singapore" (1940). The success of the latter launched a popular series of "Road" movies and Lamour soon found herself known as "The Sarong Girl," even though she only sported one in six of her more than 50 films. She proved to be a capable dramatic performer in efforts like Johnny Apollo" (1940) and "A Medal for Benny" (1945) and was also a hugely popular WWII pin-up girl, yet usually still managed to seem a wholesome and socially acceptable object of desire for the hero. After starting a family, Lamour's output slowed, though she kept her hand in showbiz via both big and small screen appearances and a latter day Broadway debut in the cast of "Oh Captain!" (1958). Audiences gravitated towards Lamour...

Few Golden Age actresses looked better in a sarong than Dorothy Lamour, but the New Orleans native had more to offer the entertainment world than just her striking multinational beauty. She began her entertainment career as a singer and it was in that capacity that she first attracted the attention of Hollywood. Lamour found early fame in the adventure yarns "The Jungle Princess" (1936) and "The Hurricane" (1937), and proved to be an appealing romantic interest for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in "Road to Singapore" (1940). The success of the latter launched a popular series of "Road" movies and Lamour soon found herself known as "The Sarong Girl," even though she only sported one in six of her more than 50 films. She proved to be a capable dramatic performer in efforts like Johnny Apollo" (1940) and "A Medal for Benny" (1945) and was also a hugely popular WWII pin-up girl, yet usually still managed to seem a wholesome and socially acceptable object of desire for the hero. After starting a family, Lamour's output slowed, though she kept her hand in showbiz via both big and small screen appearances and a latter day Broadway debut in the cast of "Oh Captain!" (1958). Audiences gravitated towards Lamour most warmly when she was cast in comedic pictures, but her proven facility in other sorts of roles and notable abilities as a singer demonstrated that she was a lady of considerable talents.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Herself
2.
 Creepshow 2 (1987) Martha Spruce ("Old Chief Wood'Nhead")
3.
 Death at Love House (1976) Denise Christian
4.
 The Phynx (1970)
5.
 Pajama Party (1964) Head saleslady
6.
 Donovan's Reef (1963) Fleur
7.
 The Road to Hong Kong (1962) Herself
8.
 Road to Bali (1953) Princess Lalah MacTavish
9.
 The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Phyllis
10.
 Here Comes the Groom (1951) Herself
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1931:
Voted Miss New Orleans
1936:
Achieved instant star status with her debut appearance in Paramount's "Jungle Princess"
1938:
First film with Bob Hope, "The Big Broadcast of 1938"
1940:
First "Road" picture with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, "The Road to Singapore"
1942:
Appeared with Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake in the all-star musical revue "Star Spangled Rhythm", singing a song which parodied aspects of their star images: "A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peek-a-Boo Bang"
1949:
Last starring vehicle for Paramount, "Manhandled"
1952:
Played supporting star or guest star roles in two early 1950s films, but left films for a decade after playing opposite Hope and Crosby in "The Road to Bali"
1962:
Returned to films to play a cameo role in "The Road to Hong Kong", starring Hope and Crosby
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Made occasional appearances onstage in the 1960s and 70s, including performing in the leading role of "Hello, Dolly!" with a touring company in Las Vegas
:
Toured in one-woman show, singing and reminiscing about her career
1987:
Made final film appearance in "Creepshow 2"
1989:
Appeared in the documentary film, "Entertaining the Troops"
1991:
Performed onstage as narrator and singer in the Stephen Sondheim revue, "Side by Side by Sondheim" at the Grand Hotel in Anaheim, CA
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Notes

She took her stage name from her stepfather whose last name was Lambour.

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husband:
Herbie Kaye. Bandleader. First husband, married 1935-39.
husband:
William Ross Howard III. Businessman. Married from 1943 until his death in 1978.

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father:
John Watson Slaton. Waiter. Divorced from Lamour's mother.
mother:
Carmen Watson Slaton. Waitress. Divorced from Lamour's father.
step-son:
William Ross Howard IV. Survived her.
son:
John Ridgely Howard. Survived her.
son:
Richard Thomson Howard. Survived her.
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dickmcinnes ( 2008-08-27 )

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The title of Lamour's bio is "My Side of the Road" as told to Dick McInnes. I am Dick McInnes and I had the best time writing this book, interviewing Hope, Crosby, Fonda, Raft, Stewart, Cass Daley, Jerry Colonna, Bill Holden, Martha Raye, Edith Head etc. Everyone loved her

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