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|Also Known As:||Miss Frances Langford||Died:||July 11, 2005|
|Born:||April 4, 1914||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Lakeland, Florida, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor singer|
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Source: Wikipedia, Britannica Online, St. Petersburg Times, The London Independent, Internet Movie Database
Best remembered for her sexy rendition of Im In the Mood for Love as Bob Hopes sidekick in World War II USO shows, Frances Langford also had great success as a radio performer and a movie career that spanned three decades from 1932 to 1956. Langford originally trained as an opera singer but throat surgery forced a change to a more contemporary big band music style. Her singing career began on local radio in the 1930s on a station in Tampa, Florida. She was heard by Rudy Vallee who invited her to become a regular on his radio show. After her film debut in 1935s Every Night At Eight (the source of her signature song) she was a regular performer until 1938 on Dick Powells radio show. Her film career continued with Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), Born To Dance (1936), and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) with James Cagney, in which she performed the popular Over There. Her last film role was in 1954 when she appeared as herself in The Glenn Miller Story. She appeared in a total of 40 films and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame acknowledges her contribution to motion pictures. Her association with Bob Hope began in 1941 and spanned many decades and three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam; in 1989 she joined him for a USO tour. She regarded her wartime experiences as the greatest thing in my life and her work with those who came home injured earned her a reputation as a star with deep compassion. Her career also included teaming with Don Ameche in 1951 for a short-lived television program Frances Langford/Don Ameche Presents, which was followed by their successful radio series The Bickersons. She was also the host of her self titled variety television program Frances Langford Presents, which lasted one season. She married three times. Her first husband was actor Jon Hall and the marriage lasted from 1934 until 1953. In 1955 she married outboard motor heir Ralph Evinrude. They moved to her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida and opened the Outrigger Resort where Langford frequently performed. Evinrude died in 1986. In 1994 she married Harold Stuart, who had been Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force under President Harry S. Truman. She had no children.
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