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October 13, 2022

Beautiful Photos of Frances Langford in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1913 in Hernando, Florida, American actress and singer Frances Langford made her film debut in Every Night at Eight (1935), introducing what became her signature song: “I’m in the Mood for Love”. She then began appearing frequently in films such as Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) (in which she popularized “Broadway Rhythm” and “You Are My Lucky Star”), Born to Dance (1936), Too Many Girls (1940), and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) with James Cagney, in which (portraying Nora Bayes) she performed the popular song “Over There”. She also appeared on screen in Dixie Jamboree and Radio Stars on Parade.

Langford was known as the “GI Nightingale”, an American armed-forces sweetheart, who entertained troops touring often with Bob Hope. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one at 1500 Vine Street, which acknowledges her contribution to motion pictures and one at 1525 Vine Street for her work in radio.

Langford died in 2005 at her Jensen Beach home at age 92 from congestive heart failure. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young Frances Langford in the 1930s and 1940s.


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