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Also Known As: Frances Rose Shore Died: February 24, 1994
Born: March 1, 1917 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Winchester, Tennessee, USA Profession: TV host, singer, actor

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Concealing a leg crippled by childhood polio but refusing to let Hollywood correct her distinctive Southern accent, Tennessee-born Dinah Shore symbolized small-town American sweetness during World War II, as a U.S.O. songbird for lonely servicemen stationed overseas. A discovery of Eddie Cantor, Shore made her film debut alongside the radio star in Warner Brothers' wartime morale-booster "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), but it was as a recording artist that she achieved true fame. A chart-topper for RCA Victor, Columbia, and Capitol Records, Shore transitioned easily from radio to live television. Between 1951 and 1992, she was rarely off the air, hosting a variety of talk shows that emphasized her front porch folksiness while making it seem as if she were every Hollywood A-lister's next-door neighbor. Quietly divorcing two husbands, including actor George Montgomery, Shore settled for single life in her fifties - a solitude broken by an extended involvement with younger man and then-reigning box office star Burt Reynolds. Though she had never so much as knocked a golf ball into a Dixie cup, Shore loaned her name and prestige to an annual tournament sponsored by the Ladies Professional Golf...

Concealing a leg crippled by childhood polio but refusing to let Hollywood correct her distinctive Southern accent, Tennessee-born Dinah Shore symbolized small-town American sweetness during World War II, as a U.S.O. songbird for lonely servicemen stationed overseas. A discovery of Eddie Cantor, Shore made her film debut alongside the radio star in Warner Brothers' wartime morale-booster "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), but it was as a recording artist that she achieved true fame. A chart-topper for RCA Victor, Columbia, and Capitol Records, Shore transitioned easily from radio to live television. Between 1951 and 1992, she was rarely off the air, hosting a variety of talk shows that emphasized her front porch folksiness while making it seem as if she were every Hollywood A-lister's next-door neighbor. Quietly divorcing two husbands, including actor George Montgomery, Shore settled for single life in her fifties - a solitude broken by an extended involvement with younger man and then-reigning box office star Burt Reynolds. Though she had never so much as knocked a golf ball into a Dixie cup, Shore loaned her name and prestige to an annual tournament sponsored by the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the long-running Dinah Shore-Colgate Invitational. Poised, approachable, and serene even through the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that claimed her life in 1994, Dinah Shore remained for her legion of fans a touchstone to a more genteel America and a symbol of downhome values uncorrupted by upward mobility.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Herself
2.
 Death Car on the Freeway (1979) Lynn Bernheimer
3.
 Oh, God! (1977) Herself
4.
 Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) Josie Berry
5.
 Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Narrator of "Bongo"
6.
 Till the Clouds Roll By (1947) Julia Sanderson
7.
 Make Mine Music (1946) The Song, "Two Silhouettes"
8.
 Up in Arms (1944) Virginia [Merrill]
9.
 Belle of the Yukon (1944) Lettie Candless
10.
 Follow the Boys (1944)
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Milestones close milestones

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Contracted polio in her right leg when she was young; an exercise regimen of tennis and swimming enabled her to overcome it
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Made her radio debut on the Nashville station WSM on a 15-minute program while still in college
1938:
Moved to New York; found a job singing on radio station WNEW
1938:
Began performing on NBC radio later that year
1939:
Performed at the Strand Theater in New York in a two-week gig singing with Leo Reisman's orchestra
1940:
Performed regularly on the NBC radio program, "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street"
1940:
Signed record contract with RCA Victor; enjoyed first hits, "Yes, My Darling Daughter" and "The Breeze and I" (the latter sung with the Xavier Cugat orchestra)
1940:
Guested regularly on Eddie Cantor's radio show, "Time to Smile"
1943:
Began hosting her own radio program, sponsored by General Foods
1943:
Feature film debut, in the all-star musical revue, "Thank Your Lucky Stars"
1944:
First #1 song hit, "I'll Walk Alone"
1944:
Busiest year in film; appeared in three films, and played most prominent feature film role, opposite Danny Kaye in "Up in Arms"
1946:
Last feature film appearances for six years, the all-star musical biopic of Jerome Kern, "Till the Clouds Roll By" and the Disney feature combining live action with animation, "Make Mine Music"
1947:
Supplied offscreen narration for the "Bongo" segment of the Disney cartoon anthology feature, "Fun and Fancy Free"; also sang several songs
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Gave up on a film career; signed new recording contract with Columbia
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Appeared regularly on radio in the late 1940s on the "Pabst Blue Ribbon Show", also starring Eddie Cantor
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Began on TV hosting and performing on the 15-minute musical program, "The Dinah Shore Show"
1952:
One-shot return to films in a lead role, "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick"
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Hosted TV's "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show", an expansion to one hour of her earlier 15-minute program
1961:
Made TV dramatic debut in an adaptation of Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter" (previously filmed by David Lean)
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Retired from TV for a number of years to spend more time raising her children; performed occasionally in live engagements, including many supper club appearances
1965:
Hosted the TV variety special, "The Dinah Shore Special", a salute to the Peace Corps
1969:
Hosted the TV special, "The Dinah Shore Special--Like Hep"
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Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah's Place"
1972:
Hosted the TV comedy special, "How to Handle a Woman"
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Hosted the Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic golf tournament, held annually in Palm Springs FL (date approximate)
1973:
Hosted the NBC comedy special, "Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man"
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Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah!"
1976:
Hosted the CBS summer variety series, "Dinah and Her New Best Friends"
1977:
Last film: a cameo appearance as herself in the feature, "Oh, God!"
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Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah and Friends"
1988:
Appeared on the special, "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special", to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas"
1989:
Appeared in footage in the feature documentary, "Entertaining the Troops"
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Hosted a weekly program on the Nashville Network, "A Conversation with Dinah"
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Education

Vanderbilt University: Nashville , Tennessee - 1939

Notes

She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.

Shore's eight Emmys make her the most honored female in the award's history.

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husband:
George Montgomery. Actor. Married December 5, 1943; divorced 1962; rugged star of primarily "B" action films, especially Westerns, in the 1940s and 50s; was with Shore when she died.
husband:
Maurice F Smith. Professional tennis player. Married May 26, 1963; divorced 1964.
companion:
Burt Reynolds. Actor, director. Was involved with Shore in a much-publicized romance for six years.

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father:
S A Shore. Businessman. Was a partner in a department store.
mother:
Anna Shore.
daughter:
Melissa Ann Hime. Survived her; father George Montgomery.
son:
John David Montgomery. Survived her; father George Montgomery.
granddaughter:
Jennifer Hime. Mother Melissa Ann Hime; survived her.
grandson:
Adam Hime. Mother Melissa Ann Hime; survived her.
grandson:
Alexander Hime. Mother Melissa Ann Hime; survived her.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah"
"The Dinah Shore American Kitchen"

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