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BING CROSBY
DOROTHY LAMOUR

SHEET MUSIC
"One Little Date with You"
1938  facsimile signature
$35

SHEET MUSIC
"Only Forever"
Original song sheet  1940
$25

SHEET MUSIC
"Poinciana"
Vintage 1930
$35

SHEET MUSIC
"It's Easy to Remember"
Original song sheet  1935
$25

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Original Sheet Music
"Solitude"
Excellent condition

Bing Crosby Biography

Harry Lillis Crosby (1903-1977) Singer/Actor - Films, Radio 
Harry Lillis Crosby is one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th Century. Born May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, Harry was the fourth of seven children. He recieved the nickname Bing from a friend, Valentine Hobart, because they were both interested in a comic strip, The Bingville Bugle. Bing's idol was Al Jolson, and he helped resurrect Al's career in the late '40s. After college, Bing was signed up by Paul Whiteman, and joined his band. Bing made his first record, "I've Got the Girl," in 1926. Two months later he cut a couple more records with Whiteman. Bing got started in films with the Whiteman band, in The King of Jazz. Bing was supposed to have a solo, but ended up in jail for drunken driving the night before, and so was not able to do the solo. Whiteman let go of Bing after the film was finished. Soon after, Mack Sennett, creator of the Keystone Kops, signed Bing. With Sennett he made six two-reelers. These were highly successful, and lead to Bing's first feature film, The Big Broadcast. By now Bing was an established network radio star.

Big Broadcast established Bing as a motion picture actor, and lead to more films, many of which featured lame plots, only needed to get Bing to sing. By the '40s, however, he began to get better films. By 1940, he and Bob Hope were engaged in a fictional radio feud. Paramount, which had contracts with both men, decided to team them up in Road to Singapore. The film was a huge success, and lead to the Road series, which lasted from 1940 to 1952, along with The Road to Hong Kong in 1962. In 1942, he starred in the classic musical Holiday Inn, with Fred Astaire. From 1944 to 1948, Bing was the top box-office attraction. In 1944, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Going My Way. In 1954, Bing was again nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, for his work with Grace Kelly in The Country Girl. Two years later, Bing starred in a remake of his own earlier film, Anything Goes, first produced in 1936. Throughout this time Bing also made uncredited cameo appearences in many of Bob Hope's films. In 1964, he starred in the unsuccessful situation comedy, The Bing Crosby Show. Bing's last film appearence was as a Narrator of That's Entertainment! in 1974. After that, he made a few more albums and his yearly television special. Bing Crosby died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977. At the time, he was beginning work on Road to the Fountain of Youth, with Bob Hope. What would that have been like? We can only imagine....

Ther are many, many Bing Crosby links,  Just type his name into Google to find them
 

Dorothy Lamour
Dottie signed this vintage 8" x 10" photo for me in person
when staying at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC in 1943
.

Original Vintage 8" x 10" signed

Biography of
Dorothy Lamour

Birth name
Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton
Date of birth (location)
10 December 1914,
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of death (details)
22 September 1996,
Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mini biography
In addition to being Miss New Orleans in 1931, she worked as a Chicago.
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Filmography as: Actress, Notable TV guest appearances
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Actress - filmography
(1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1940s) (1930s)

Creepshow 2 (1987) .... Martha Spruce ("Old Chief Wood'nhead")


Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) .... Visiting Film Star
Death at Love House (1976) (TV) .... Denise Christian
... aka Shrine of Lorna Love, The (1976) (TV) (USA)
Phynx, The (1970) .... Herself

Love Goddesses, The (1965) .... Herself
... aka Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema, The (1965)
Pajama Party (1964) .... Head Saleslady
... aka Maid and the Martian, The (1964)
Donovan's Reef (1963) .... Miss Lafleur
Road to Hong Kong, The (1962) .... Herself

Road to Bali (1952) .... Princess Lala
Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952) .... Phyllis
Here Comes the Groom (1951) (uncredited) .... Herself
Moments in Music (1950) (uncredited)

Slightly French (1949) .... Mary O'Leary
Lucky Stiff, The (1949) .... Anna Marie St Claire
Manhandled (1949) .... Merl Kramer
Girl from Manhattan, The (1948) .... Carol Maynard
Lulu Belle (1948) .... Lulu Belle
On Our Merry Way (1948) .... Gloria Manners
... aka Miracle Can Happen, A (1948)
Unusual Occupations (1947/I) (uncredited) .... Herself
Wild Harvest (1947) .... Fay Rankin
Road to Rio (1947) .... Lucia Maria de Andrade
Variety Girl (1947) .... Herself
My Favorite Brunette (1947) .... Carlotta Montay
Road to Utopia (1946) .... Sal Van Hoyden
Duffy's Tavern (1945) .... Herself
Medal for Benny, A (1945) .... Lolita Sierra
Masquerade in Mexico (1945) .... Angel O'Reilly
And the Angels Sing (1944) .... Nancy Angel
Rainbow Island (1944) .... Lona
Riding High (1943) .... Ann Castle
... aka Melody Inn (1943) (UK)
Show Business at War (1943) .... Herself
... aka March of Time Volume IX, Issue 10, The (1943)
Dixie (1943) .... Millie Cook
They Got Me Covered (1943) .... Christina Hill
Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942) .... Tama
Fleet's In, The (1942) .... The Countess
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) .... Herself
Road to Morocco (1942) .... Princess Shalmar
Aloma of the South Seas (1941) .... Aloma
Caught in the Draft (1941) .... Tony Fairbanks
Road to Zanzibar (1941) .... Donna Latour
Moon Over Burma (1940) .... Arla Dean
Typhoon (1940) .... Dea
... aka Big Haircut, The (1940)
Chad Hanna (1940) .... Albany Yates/Lady Lillian
Johnny Apollo (1940) .... Mabel 'Lucky' DuBarry
Road to Singapore (1940) .... Mima

Disputed Passage (1939) .... Audrey, Hilton
Man About Town (1939) .... Diana Wilson
St. Louis Blues (1939) .... Norma Malone
... aka Best of the Blues (1939)
Tropic Holiday (1938) .... Manuela
Spawn of the North (1938) .... Nicky Duval
Hollywood Handicap (1938) (uncredited) .... Herself
Her Jungle Love (1938) .... Tura
Big Broadcast of 1938, The (1938) .... Dorothy Wyndham
Thrill of a Lifetime (1937) .... Specialty
Hurricane, The (1937) .... Marama
High, Wide, and Handsome (1937) .... Molly Fuller
Last Train from Madrid, The (1937) .... Carmelita Castillo
Swing High, Swing Low (1937) .... Anita Alvarez
Jungle Princess, The (1936) .... Ulah
College Holiday (1936) .... Coed
Footlight Parade (1933) (uncredited) .... Chorus Girl
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Filmography as: Actress, Notable TV guest appearances
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Notable TV guest appearances

"Murder, She Wrote" (1984) playing "Mrs. Ellis" in episode: "No Accounting for Murder" (episode # 3.19) 3/22/1987
"Crazy Like a Fox" (1984) in episode: "Rosie" (episode # 2.20) 4/12/1986
"Remington Steele" (1982) playing "Herself" in episode: "Cast in Steele" (episode # 3.9) 12/4/1984
"I Spy" (1965) in episode: "Honorable Assassins, The" (episode # 3.6) 10/16/1967

Nickname:  The beautiful one
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Height:  5' 5"
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Mini biography
In addition to being Miss New Orleans in 1931, she worked as a Chicago elevator operator, band vocalist (for her first husband, bandleader 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 a female Tarzan-Crusoe Gauguin-girl-with make-up through the war years and beyond. The most famous of these was in the Hope-Crosby "Road to ..." movies - a strange combination of adventure, slapstick, ad libs and Hollywood inside jokes which became very popular. Of these she said "I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business." Aging brought her into less popular efforts. Among her serious films were "Johnny Apollo" (1945) and "A Medal for Johnny" (1943).
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Mini biography
Dorothy Lamour was born with the birth name of Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton on December 10, 1914, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a beautiful child who turned heads as a teenager with her long dark hair. However, her dreams were to become a professional singer not acting. After she won a beauty contest as Miss New Orleans in 1931, she headed to Chicago to find her work as a singer. For a while Dorothy worked as an elevator operator in a department store before going on to become a vocalist in the Herbie Kay band. Kay would become her first husband in 1935, but the marriage would only last four years. In addition to the band, Dorothy also performed on a Chicago radio program as a singer. She not only performed with Kay but also Rudy Vallee and Eddie Duchin. 1933 found Dorothy in Hollywood where she landed a bit part in a musical as a chorus girl entitled FOOTLIGHT PARADE. Her role went uncredited. She didn't appear in films again until 1936 when she landed a part as a coed in COLLEGE HOLIDAY. Fame would not be elusive for long because she was about to land the role that would define her career. Later in 1936, Dorothy got the part of Ulah in THE JUNGLE PRINCESS produced by Lloyd Shelton and filmed with Paramount. It was a sort of female Tarzan role. This film was a tremendous money maker as Dorothy stole the show in her wrap-around sarong. Dorothy became an instant star as the child of nature, raised with a pet tiger among the tropical natives. Ray Milland starred opposite her as the man from civilization who woos and wins her. The scene where Milland is trying to teach her the word kiss is touching yet humorous. When he kisses her and tells her that is a kiss she runs away. She went on to play similar parts in the sarong in productions such as THE HURRICANE (1937), TYPHOON (1940), and BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON (1942). The sarong would stay with her in the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby ROAD series. The trio would star in THE ROAD TO SINGAPORE, THE ROAD TO TO UTOPIA and THE ROAD TO ZANZIBAR. The road series stated in 1940 and lasted until 1962. Hope and Crosby had the leads but Dorothy but not in her usual role. Joan Collins had that one. She actually only wore the sarong in six of her 59 pictures but it was to define her career. Dorothy was a tremendously great actress with roles in DISPUTED PASSAGE (1939), DIXIE (1943), and ON OUR MERRY WAY (1948). She could show great range in comic or dramatic roles. After making three films in 1949, her career began to trail off as she would only make ten films between 1951 and 1987. That last one was CREEPSHOW 2 where she played a housewife who gets murdered, a long way from the sarong and movies such as JOHNNY APOLLO and A MEDAL FOR BENNYDorothy was 81 when she died of an undisclosed ailment on September 22, 1996 in Los Angeles, California.
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Spouse
'William Ross Howard III' (1943 - 1978) (his death); two sons
'Herbie Kay' (1935 - 1939) (divorced)
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Trivia

Femme fatale in the Bing Crosby - Bob Hope "Road" series of Paramount Pictures offerings from 1941 to 1953. In the final, 1962 entry, 'Road to Hong Kong', Lamour appeared, yes, with Crosby and Hope but the f.f. this time was Joan Collins.

Miss New Orleans 1931.

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Enduring Faith section, lot 387, space 2.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actress. (b. Dec. 10, 1914, New Orleans, as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton.) The erstwhile "sarong girl" of 1930s-vintage Hollywood exotica such as The Jungle Princess (1936), The Hurricane (1937), Her Jungle Love (1938), and others, Lamour enjoyed a lengthy screen career, during which time she was one of the movie industry's most popular stars, both on- and offscreen. While she always seemed most at home in lighthearted musicals and comedies (such as the "Road" pictures in which she costarred with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope), Lamour occasionally delivered skillful, heartfelt performances in dramatic pictures as well.

Named "Miss New Orleans" in 1931, Lamour entered show business as a bigband vocalist. She made her screen debut, in fact, in a Vitaphone big-band short subject. Signed by Paramount in 1936, she made her feature debut in College Holiday that year, playing a bit part, but it was her chance casting in the title role of Jungle Princess (also 1936) that changed the course of her career and made her a star. When director John Ford cast her and Jon Hall as the juvenile lovers in his South Seas spectacular The Hurricane (1937) her future was assured-and her screen image, with long dark tresses and a sarong, was cemented forever. Paramount kept her busy throughout the rest of the decade in Swing High, Swing Low, Last Train From Madrid, Thrill of a Lifetime (all 1937), The Big Broadcast of 1938, Her Jungle Love, Spawn of the North, Tropic Holiday (all 1938), St. Louis Blues, Man About Town and Disputed Passage (all 1939).

Oddly enough, Lamour got her best dramatic opportunities on loan to 20th Century-Fox for a brace of big-budget 1940 productions: the crime drama Johnny Apollo which costarred her with Tyrone Power, and the circus story Chad Hanna pairing her with Henry Fonda. Later that year, back at Paramount, she was cast in another South Seas role, this time opposite Crosby and Hope, in a modest programmer titled Road to Singapore The surprise success of that buoyant comedy launched one of moviedom's most popular (and profitable) series, which reunited the starring triumverate on the Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1945), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952), and, much later, The Road to Hong Kong (1962). Lamour made an engaging straight woman for the duo, and got to introduce some popular songs along the way (including "Personality," in Road to Utopia). Lamour and Hope also worked together in Caught in the Draft (1941), They Got Me Covered (1943), and My Favorite Brunette (1947), and she became a mainstay of his later TV specials, whenever he'd gather former leading ladies around him.

When movie work dwindled in the 1950s, Lamour turned to nightclubs and the stage, and toured successfully in "Hello, Dolly!" Her autobiography, "My Side of the Road," was published in 1980.

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1941: Aloma of the South Seas 1942: The Fleet's In, Beyond the Blue Horizon 1943: Dixie, Riding High 1944: And the Angels Sing, Rainbow Island 1945: A Medal for Benny, Duffy's Tavern, Masquerade in Mexico 1947: Wild Harvest, Variety Girl 1948: On Our Merry Way, Lulu Belle, The Girl From Manhattan 1949: The Lucky Stiff 1951: Here Comes the Groom (making an unbilled cameo appearance in this Bing Crosby vehicle); 1952: The Greatest Show on Earth (playing a supporting role in this Cecil B. DeMille circus spectacular); 1963: Donovan's Reef 1964: Pajama Party 1976: Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1987: Creepshow 2
 

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