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Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore
in the film Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Personal information
Birth nameFrances Rose Shore
OriginWinchester, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 24, 1994(age 77)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active1937 - 1994
Associated actsDoris Day, Buddy Clark, Tony Martin

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Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She reached the height of her popularity as a recording artists during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s, but achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as hostess of a series of variety programs for Chevrolet.

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, and after appearing in a handful of films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, Dinah Shore was compared to two singers who followed her in the mid-to-late '40s and early '50s, Doris Day and Patti Page.

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