New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Road to Singapore
Vocal Pop, Popular Music Entry, Traditional Pop, Tin Pan Alley Pop
Carefree, Whimsical, Stylish, Theatrical, Campy, Sensual, Fun, Indulgent
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In addition to being Miss New Orleans in 1931, Dorothy Lamour worked as a Chicago elevator operator; band vocalist for her first husband, band leader Herbie Kaye; and radio performer. In 1936 she donned her soon-to-be-famous sarong for her debut at Paramount, The Jungle Princess (1936), and continued to play female Tarzan-Crusoe-Gauguin-girl-with make-up parts through the war years and beyond. The most famous of these was in the popular Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "Road" pictures - a strange combination of adventure, slapstick, ad-libs and Hollywood inside jokes. Of these she said, "I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business." As she aged, however, the quality of her films dropped. Among her serious films were Johnny Apollo (1940) and A Medal for Benny (1945).
Full Name at Birth
Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton
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Floral print wrap-around sarong.
Chesterfield Cigarettes (Magazine Advertisement) , Woodbury Cold Cream
John Watson Slaton
Bob Hope, Linda Darnell, Carole Landis, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable
Clarence Lambour (step father)
Dorothy Lamour (December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
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