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Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore


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Also Known As: Died: February 24, 1994
Born: March 1, 1917 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Winchester, Tennessee, USA Profession: Cast ...


Contracted polio in her right leg when she was young; an exercise regimen of tennis and swimming enabled her to overcome it
Made her radio debut on the Nashville station WSM on a 15-minute program while still in college
Moved to New York; found a job singing on radio station WNEW
Began performing on NBC radio later that year
Performed at the Strand Theater in New York in a two-week gig singing with Leo Reisman's orchestra
Performed regularly on the NBC radio program, "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street"
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)
Guested regularly on Eddie Cantor's radio show, "Time to Smile"
Began hosting her own radio program, sponsored by General Foods
Feature film debut, in the all-star musical revue, "Thank Your Lucky Stars"
First #1 song hit, "I'll Walk Alone"
Busiest year in film; appeared in three films, and played most prominent feature film role, opposite Danny Kaye in "Up in Arms"
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"
Supplied offscreen narration for the "Bongo" segment of the Disney cartoon anthology feature, "Fun and Fancy Free"; also sang several songs
Gave up on a film career; signed new recording contract with Columbia
Appeared regularly on radio in the late 1940s on the "Pabst Blue Ribbon Show", also starring Eddie Cantor
Began on TV hosting and performing on the 15-minute musical program, "The Dinah Shore Show"
One-shot return to films in a lead role, "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick"
Hosted TV's "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show", an expansion to one hour of her earlier 15-minute program
Made TV dramatic debut in an adaptation of Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter" (previously filmed by David Lean)
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
Hosted the TV variety special, "The Dinah Shore Special", a salute to the Peace Corps
Hosted the TV special, "The Dinah Shore Special--Like Hep"
Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah's Place"
Hosted the TV comedy special, "How to Handle a Woman"
Hosted the Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic golf tournament, held annually in Palm Springs FL (date approximate)
Hosted the NBC comedy special, "Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man"
Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah!"
Hosted the CBS summer variety series, "Dinah and Her New Best Friends"
Last film: a cameo appearance as herself in the feature, "Oh, God!"
Hosted the TV talk show, "Dinah and Friends"
Appeared on the special, "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special", to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas"
Appeared in footage in the feature documentary, "Entertaining the Troops"
Hosted a weekly program on the Nashville Network, "A Conversation with Dinah"

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