DINAH SHORE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Dinah Shore was born on February 29th, 1916 in Winchester, Tennessee with the birth name Frances Rose Shore, born to parents Solomon and Anna Stein Shore. In 1924 her family relocated to Mcinnville and Shore attended Hume-Fogg High School.
At the age of fourteen she agreed to sing as a torch singer at a night club, however her parents found out and were at the event, so for a while her hopes of pursuing a career in singing were put on hold.
Sadly, at the age of sixteen her mother passed away from a sudden heart attack. Dinah Shore finished high school and enrolled at Vanderbilt University and studied sociology, where in 1938 she earned her degree.
Shore now decided she wanted to return to pursuing a career as a singer and therefore she went to New York, auditioned for orchestras as well as radio stations and finally found work with WNEW radio station. In 1940 she was offered a contract with RCA Victor records.
As her career progressed she was beginning to get a name for herself as a talented vocalist. She was a lead vocalist on a radio program on NBC called, "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street". The show was so popular after recording a number of singles, Shore was then asked by Eddie Cantor to join his show, "Time to Smile" in 1940. By 1943, Shore had her own successful radio show, "Call to Music".
Shore was a very well known singer and now she was being given the chance to work in the film industry as well. She soon debuted in the film, "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943) followed later on in her career with roles in, "Follow the Boys", (1944), "Up in Arms" (1944), "Belle of the Yukon" (1945) and "Till the Clouds Roll By" (1946). She also did the vocals for two Disney films, "Make Mine Music" (1946) and "Fun and Fancy Free" (1947).
During World War II, Shore would perform for the troops and many of her recordings such as, "Blues in the Night" and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to" became number one hits and brought her even more stardom.
She also had added a number of television experiences to her resume such as, "The Ed Wynn Show", "Bob Hope's Television Show" and in 1951 she got her own show, "The Dinah Shore Show" which aired on NBC.
During the mid to late 40's, Shore continued to do radio show appearances on such shows as, Birds-Eye Open House and Ford Radio Show. In 1950 she recorded with RCA a number of hits such as, "My Heart Cries For You", "Sweet Violets" and "A Penny A Kiss" among many others.
Between 1960 and 1980 she began to slow down on the amount of recordings she released. Her final album was released in 1979, "Dinah! Visits Sesame Street". She did however continue to work on television with the, "Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1960-1961) and also hosted two daytime shows, "Dinah's Place" (1970-1974) and "Dinah!" (1974-1980).
Shore's final feature film appearance was with Paramount Pictures in "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick" (1952). Some of her latest roles have been on television series and movie such as, "Murder, She Wrote" (1989), "Hotel" (1987) and the television movies, "Parade of the Stars" (1983) and "Death Car on the Freeway" (1979). Her latest television role was, "A Conversation with Dinah" (1989-1992).
Throughout her career she won nine Emmys, a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe. She has a Boulevard named after her in her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee. Dinah Shore was also awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Recording, Radio and Television.
Throughout her lifetime she was married twice. First to actor George Montgomery from 1943 through 1962 and together hey had two children, Melissa Ann and an adopted son, John David. Her second husband was Maurice Smith, however this marriage only lasted from 1963 through 1964.
Dinah Shore passed away on February 24, 1994, in Beverly Hills, California, of ovarian cancer five days before her 78th birthday. She was cremated and her ashes were interred at two burial sites, Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California, and Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City) near Palm Springs, California.
1989 Murder, She Wrote
1983 Parade of Stars
1979 Death Car on the Freeway
1976 Dinah and Her New Best Friends
1964 Special for Women: The Menace of Age
1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
1954 The Dinah Shore Show
1952 Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick
1947 Fun & Fancy Free
1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
1944 Belle of the Yukon
1944 Up in Arms
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars