Rudy Vallee


Singer
Rudy Vallee

About

Also Known As
Hubert Prior Vallee, Rudy Vallee And His Connecticut Yankees
Birth Place
Island Point, Vermont, USA
Born
July 28, 1901
Died
July 03, 1986

Biography

An enormously popular singer and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s, Rudy Vallee went on to have a successful acting career that continued long after his days as a crooner had passed. Vallee began his career as a clarinetist and saxophone player, instruments that would later influence his vocal style. After becoming a singing sensation and host of a popular radio show, Vallee starred in t...

Family & Companions

Faye Webb
Wife
First wife.
Leonia Cauchers
Wife
Second wife.
Jane Greer
Wife
Actor. Third wife, married December 2, 1943; separated March, 1944; divorced June, 1944.
Eleanor Kathleen Norris
Wife
Fourth wife; married 1949.

Bibliography

"Let the Chips Fall"
Rudy Vallee (1975)

Biography

An enormously popular singer and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s, Rudy Vallee went on to have a successful acting career that continued long after his days as a crooner had passed. Vallee began his career as a clarinetist and saxophone player, instruments that would later influence his vocal style. After becoming a singing sensation and host of a popular radio show, Vallee starred in the 1929 film "The Vagabond Lover" in an attempt to cash in on his fame. He appeared in several musicals in the '30s and early '40s, usually playing thinly veiled versions of himself in films like "Sweet Music" or "Time Out for Rhythm" in 1941. Gradually, as his acting improved and his popular persona as a singer began to fade, he was given more challenging roles. He co-starred with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien in the comedy "Man Alive" in 1945, and had a supporting role in the classic romantic comedy "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer." Vallee, who was especially adept at comedic roles, also performed on Broadway, reprising his stage role in the 1967 musical film "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." He also appeared in the TV series "Batman," and played a supporting part in the 1968 Elvis Presley film "Live a Little, Love a Little." Vallee's music can be heard on the soundtrack of countless films, including "Bonnie and Clyde," the Coen Brothers' period thriller "Miller's Crossing," and the Oliver Stone biography "Nixon," with Anthony Hopkins.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Sunburst (1975)
The Phynx (1970)
Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
Penlow
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
Narrator
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
J. B. Biggley
Jazz Ball (1958)
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Himself
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
Rudy Vallee
Ricochet Romance (1954)
Mr. Worthington Higgenmacher
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
Peter Pedigrew
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Charles Hingleman
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
John Heaslip
Father Was a Fullback (1949)
Roger Jessop
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
August Henschler
So This Is New York (1948)
Herbert Daley
I Remember Mama (1948)
Dr. Johnson
My Dear Secretary (1948)
Charles Harris
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
Tommy [Chamberlain]
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
Lynn Sargent
People Are Funny (1946)
Ormsby Jamison
The Fabulous Suzanne (1946)
Hendrick "Hank" Courtney, Jr.
Man Alive (1945)
Gordon Tolliver
It's in the Bag! (1945)
Happy Go Lucky (1943)
Alfred Monroe
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
J. [John] D. Hackensacker, III
Too Many Blondes (1941)
Dick [Carrigan]
Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
Daniel Collins
Second Fiddle (1939)
Roger Maxwell
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Terry Moore
Sweet Music (1935)
Skip Houston
George White's Scandals (1934)
Jimmy Martin
International House (1933)
Himself
The Vagabond Lover (1929)
Rudy Bronson
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Music (Feature Film)

Finding Forrester (2000)
Song
Shining Through (1992)
Song
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Song
Seeing Red (1984)
Song Performer
Love Streams (1984)
Song ("Deep Night")
City Heat (1984)
Song Performer
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975)
Song Performer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
Betty Co-ed (1946)
Composer
People Are Funny (1946)
Composer
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Composer
The Vagabond Lover (1929)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990)
Men Who Rate a "10" (1980)
Hansel and Gretel (1958)

Cast (Short)

United States Coast Guard Band (1944)
Himself
Rodeo Dough (1940)
Himself
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
Himself
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
Himself
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
Himself

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Vagabond Lover - Lobby Cards
The Vagabond Lover - Lobby Cards

Videos

Movie Clip

Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - Did Anyone Ever Tell You? Rollicking start, with Rosemary Lane belting a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin original, Richard Lane her agent Mike at the bar with Harvard man Rudy Vallee, then fisticuffs when Princeton arrives, Allen Jenkins the piano player, in Columbia’s Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - The Boogie-Woogie Man Quite the novelty number, after a time-lapse montage in which Rudy Vallee and Richard Lane have become big-time agents, a number sung by Pee Wee Hunt, with the Glen Gray (Casa Loma) Band, composition by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, Franz/Frank Planer on camera but no credit for special or photographic effects, in the Columbia variety vehicle Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - A-Twiddlin' My Thumbs Ann Miller, first-billed among many in a Columbia variety feature, crushes a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin tune, dance by LeRoy Prinz, as the maid for a singer that agents Rudy Vallee and Allen Jenkins hope to lure back, in B>Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Gold Diggers In Paris (1938) - Something Impressionistic? Rudy Vallee and Allen Jenkins as bandleader Terry and sidekick Duke need a ballet instructor to prepare for a trip to Paris, meeting dancer Kay (Rosemary Lane, in her first starring role in her brief Warner Bros. career) and Fritz Feld as French Leoni, in Gold Diggers In Paris, 1938.
Gold Diggers In Paris (1938) - I Wanna Go Back To Bali A montage from Paris where a committee wants an American ballet troupe, to Manhattan’s Club Ballè, where Rudy Vallee’s band appears with a winning shot of his navy cap and a Harry Warren/Al Dubin original, in the last of the Warner Bros. franchise, Gold Diggers In Paris, 1938.
Gold Diggers In Paris (1938) - Colonel Corn One of several bits from Minnesota songwriter Freddie Fisher and his “Schnickelfritz Band,” which evolved into “The Korn Kobblers,” and made only this one movie appearance, on the ship with Rudy Vallee and the Warner Bros. gang, in the last in the series, Gold Diggers In Paris, 1938.
Palm Beach Story, The (1942) -- You're Light As A Feather Stuck on the train and fleeing her now-drunken escorts from the Quail & Ale club, freeloader Gerry (Claudette Colbert) meets Rudy Vallee, asleep in a lower berth, without even the opportunity to introduce himself, in Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story, 1942.
Palm Beach Story, The (1942) - Not John D. Hackensacker? Following their whirlwind meeting on a train, Gerry (Claudette Colbert), who's left her husband in order to raise money for him by pretending she's his sister, learns just how rich her obsessively frugal new friend (Rudy Vallee) really is, in Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story, 1942.
Palm Beach Story, The (1942) - This Human Bacterium! Tom (also "Mac," Joel McCrea), reluctantly pretends to woo "The Princess" (Mary Astor) while his wife Gerry (Claudette Colbert), pretending to be his sister, griping about her lousy fictional husband, works on Mary's brother, super-rich Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee), hoping to secure funds for Joel's airport idea, in Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story, 1942.
I Remember Mama (1948) - Everyone But Me! Cranky Norweigan Uncle Kris (Oscar Homolka) intrudes with San Francisco Dr. Johnson (Rudy Vallee), who's determined that young Dagmar needs an operation, then gets told off by Marta (Irene Dunne, title character) in George Stevens' I Remember Mama, 1948, based on Kathryn Forbes' novel.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Grand Old Ivy Finch (Robert Morse) stages an all-nighter then joins the boss Biggley (Rudy Vallee) in the "Ivy" fight song by Frank Loesser in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1967.

Companions

Faye Webb
Wife
First wife.
Leonia Cauchers
Wife
Second wife.
Jane Greer
Wife
Actor. Third wife, married December 2, 1943; separated March, 1944; divorced June, 1944.
Eleanor Kathleen Norris
Wife
Fourth wife; married 1949.

Bibliography

"Let the Chips Fall"
Rudy Vallee (1975)