Betty Grable

grable1December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973

I had a professor in college who would constantly – and without prompting – tell us: “Betty Grable had the best legs I have ever seen.” Well, this one’s for you, Dr. Wright!

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was an actress, singer and dancer who was a fixture in the hey dey of the American film musical. Her looks, and yes, her legs, made her a very poplular star. In fact, she was Farrah Fawcett some 30 years before Farrah ever donned that red swimsuit. A pin-up photo of Betty in a bathing suit (see the photo on the vase on her grave below) became an icon and one of the most recognizable photos of the World War II era. The movie studio she was under contract with insured her gams for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London. This was serious business.

Beyond the legs, Grable was a likable “bombshell-next-door” type on the screen. She struggled in B-Movies for the early part of her career before deciding to quit altogether. Luckily, she was convinced to sign with 20th Century Fox…where she went on to make her biggest successes with costars such as Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Romero and Jack Lemmon. Eventually, though, she began to be passed over for coveted roles and decided to walk away for good this time.  18 years after her last starring role, Betty died of lung cancer at the relatively young age of 56.


Inglewood Park Cemetery – Inglewood, CA

Specific Location

Mausoleum of the Golden West, Sanctuary of Dawn, Crypt A78; Enter the mausoleum’s “Cenotaph” (right) entrance, turn right when you enter, then immediately left, walk to the 2rd corridor and turn right into the Sanctuary of Faith, continue straight down this corridor until it turns into the Sanctuary of Dawn, once you enter the Sanctuary of Dawn, Betty and her mom are buried on your right, about halfway down, 3rd row up from the floor.


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