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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 ...
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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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