Betty Grable: The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs
Twenty-two years after her death, Betty Grable still has a fan club. McGee was himself a die-hard Grable aficionado when he interviewed her for a Glasgow newspaper. The interview was followed by additional conversations with Grable and those who knew her best. The results are a detailed, career-oriented biography of the superstar who at one time received 12,000 fan letters per week. McGee shows us a humorous, hardworking, easygoing woman whose mother taught her to dance and who appeared in her first film at age 14. Hers was an active, scandal-free life--Hollywood, Broadway, nightclubs, television, two husbands, two daughters, and scores of famous friends, including her supposed replacement, Marilyn Monroe. McGee has lovingly captured the woman who admitted that her family meant more to her than her fabulous career; a woman who believed that her face, not her famous legs, held her fortune. This is a newsy, respectful, affectionate tribute to a trouper whose death at age 56 was mourned around the world. McGee's book is Grable's longest fan letter. Anyone looking for dirt had better dig elsewhere. - Patricia Hassler--BL 09/01/1995.