Gale Robbins

Gale Robbins


Gale Robbins
TV: South side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress | Singer
Born Betty Gale Robbins on May 7, 1921 in Chicago, Ill.
Died Feb. 12, 1980 of lung cancer in Tarzana, CA

Gale Robbins was an actress and singer and one of the most popular World War II pinup girls.

Robbins started her show business career in 1938 when she won a Miss Chicago beauty contest. After winning, she soon started singing at Ernie Byfield's Pump Room and with several big bands when they visited the Midwest.

She was brought to Hollywood as "America's youngest teenage singer" and made her movie debut in "In the Meantime, Darling" with Jeanne Crain.

She had featured roles in "Girl on a Red Velvet Swing," "The Brigand" with Anthony Quinn, "The Barkleys of Broadway" with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and introduced the song, "Oh You Beautiful Doll," in the movie of that name.

A pinup picture published in Yank magazine made her a top attraction on Bob Hope's tour of overseas bases in 1945.

She appeared on television as a singer on the Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin and Johnny Carson shows and as a guest in such series as "Gunsmoke," "The Untouchables" and "77 Sunset Strip."

Shortly before her death, she had just completed a singing engagement at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas.

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