Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Betty Grable’s Legs, 1943

Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American actress, dancer, and singer. Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was later included in the Life magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World". Hosiery specialists of the era often noted the ideal proportions of her legs as thigh (18.5"), calf (12"), and ankle (7.5"). Grable's legs were famously insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London.

During her heyday in the 1940s, had several nicknames during her career like: "the girl with the million dollar legs", "the quick-silver blonde", "the queen of the Hollywood musical", and "the darling of the forties". Grable died in 1973 at age 56 of lung cancer.

(Photos: Walter Sanders, LIFE via Retronaut)

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