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Dorothy Lamour (December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.Lamour began her career in the 1930s as a big band singer. In 1936, she moved to Hollywood where she signed with Paramount Pictures. Her appearance as "Ulah" in The Jungle Princess (1936) brought her fame and also marked the beginning of her image as the "Sarong Queen."In 1940, Lamour made her first Road to... comedy film, Road to Singapore. The Road to... films were popular during the 1940s. The sixth film in the series, Road to Bali, was released in 1952. By that time, Lamour's screen career began to wane and she focused on stage and television work. In 1961, Crosby and Hope teamed up for one more, The Road to Hong Kong, but actress Joan Collins was cast as the female lead. Lamour made a brief appearance and sang a song near the end of that film.In the 1970s, Lamour revived her nightclub act and, in 1980, released her autobiography My Side of the Road. She made her final onscreen appearance in 1987.Lamour married her second husband, William Ross Howard III, in 1943. They had two sons and remained married until Howard's death in 1978. Lamour died at her home in 1996 at the age of 81.

Full NameDorothy Lamour
Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1914
Place Of BirthNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Height5' 5" (1.65 m)
ProfessionActress, Soundtrack
SpouseWilliam Ross Howard IIIdied
ChildrenRichard Thomson Howard, John Ridgely Howard
ParentsJohn Watson Slaton, Carmen Louise Slaton
MoviesRoad to Bali, Road to Morocco, The Jungle Princess, Road to Singapore, Road to Rio, The Road to Hong Kong, My Favorite Brunette, Road to Utopia, Road to Zanzibar, The Hurricane, The Greatest Show on Earth, Creepshow 2, Johnny Apollo, Donovan's Reef, Pajama Party, Her Jungle Love, Swing High, Swing L...
Star SignSagittarius
1Often wore a floral print wrap-around sarong
The Fleet's In (1942)$5,000 /week
Aloma of the South Seas (1941)$5,000 /week
Caught in the Draft (1941)$5,000 /week
Road to Zanzibar (1941)$5,000 /week
St. Louis Blues (1939)$1,500 /week
Spawn of the North (1938)$1,500 /week
Tropic Holiday (1938)$1,000 /week
1My first sarong was blue. I asked for it because that's my lucky color. We made the picture [The Jungle Princess (1936)] on some hard-to-reach mountain crags in California. While we were there they remembered I could sing, so they wrote "Moonlight and Shadows" and sent the guy on a donkey with it through the passes.
2Some day I hope the critics will say of me, not only that I wear a sarong becomingly, but also that I gave a good performance. I've never had any real theatrical training you know.
3After the first "Road" film, I never studied dialogue. Never. I'd wait to get on the set to see what they were planning. I was the happiest and highest paid straight woman in the business.
4Glamor is just sex that got civilized. A pretty girl, tastefully posed in a scant costume, is even a sort of cultural achievement.
5I'm no prude. I know you have to come up a little bit modern. But all this filth and homosexuality and sex and nudity today are ruining any hope of our young people having the beautiful life.
6[on Bing Crosby] As I look back, I think he was a very shy, insecure man. The world looked upon him as one of the great talents, he just never saw himself in that light.
7I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business.
8[on working with Hope and Crosby] I felt like a wonderful sandwich, a slice of white bread between two slices of ham.
9I made 60 motion pictures and only wore the sarong in about six pictures, but it did become a kind of trademark.
1In the 1940s, she was the celebrity spokeswoman for Chesterfield Cigarettes.
2At the start of her career, she was in a romantic relationship with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
3Was friends with Betty Grable, Carole Landis, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Linda Darnell and Betty Hutton.
4Turned down the role of Crystal Allen in The Women (1939) for she considered the character to be "less then desirable".
5Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), which went to Vivien Leigh.
6Was a Girl Scout.
7Was a staunch conservative Republican who was active both personally and financially in the campaigns of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
8Her original sarong for The Jungle Princess (1936) was designed by Edith Head. She also wore special sandals to cover her feet.
9Her famous "Road" co-stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are seen watching her from the audience as she performs in Cecil B. DeMille's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).
10She was one of the few film stars who was allowed to make records throughout her career. She rivaled Alice Faye for the number of songs she introduced on screen, including "Moon of Manakoora", "Moonlight and Shadows", "Moonlight Becomes You", "I Remember You", "Personality" and "It Could Happen to You".
11She opened the first of what was meant to be a chain of "Dorothy Lamour" beauty salons in New York's Greenwich Village in 1960, not far from where she had begun her nightclub career in the 1930s.
12She first met Bob Hope while working as a singer at the popular nightclub 1 Fifth Avenue in New York's Greenwich Village, where she was accompanied on twin pianos by Julius Monk and Cy Feuer. She had top billing over him in several of their first pictures together at Paramount.
13Toured successfully for a year in the musical "Hello, Dolly!" including a lengthy run at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, where she alternated performances with Ginger Rogers because of the 14 show-a-week schedule. Lamour was the first to play Dolly Levi as a brunette.
14Had co-starred as a featured regular with Don Ameche, W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the popular "Chase and Sanborn Radio Hour".
15Was scheduled to make her Broadway debut in the 1957 musical "Oh, Captain!" as a replacement for Abbe Lane. She played a few previews, but the show closed before her official opening night.
16Lamour is named in the film J. Edgar (2011) as having had an early affair with J. Edgar Hoover. Books on Hoover also report that she was his great love, something she never confirmed or denied.
17John Ford began filming his classic The Hurricane (1937) with Margo in the leading female role, but Samuel Goldwyn halted production and replaced her with Lamour because of the success of The Jungle Princess (1936).
18Sang the show-stopping "Broadway Baby" in a 1990 Long Beach, California revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies".
19She had French, Irish and Spanish ancestry.
20In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta.
21Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 338-339. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
22She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
23Her stepson William Ross "Bill, Jr." Howard IV was born in 1933. Her son John Ridgely "Ridge" Howard was born January 8, 1946. Her son Richard Thomson "Tommy" Howard was born on October 20, 1949.
24Her stepson gave her a dog, CoCo, when her husband died. She did not want it at first, but he insisted. She soon learned to love the dog and referred to him as her boyfriend.
25Went to secretarial school where she became an excellent typist. Even as a star, she typed her own letters.
26In 1946 (with the full assistance of Paramount's publicity department), she staged a memorable stunt by publicly burning a sarong, the garment with which she had been associated since her first starring role.
27During World War II, she toured the country, selling in excess of $300 million worth of war bonds.
28"The Moon of Manakoora" from The Hurricane (1937), was her signature song.
29Host of NBC Radio's "Sealtest Variety Theater" (aka The Dorothy Lamour Show) (1948-1949).
30Derived her acting name name "Dorothy Lamour" from her stepfather, whose surname was "Lambour".
31Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Enduring Faith section, lot 387, space 2.
32Miss New Orleans 1931.
33Femme fatale in the Bing Crosby - Bob Hope "Road" series of Paramount Pictures offerings from 1941 to 1953. In the final entry, The Road to Hong Kong (1962), she appeared with Crosby and Hope but the femme fatale this time was Joan Collins.


Creepshow 21987Martha Spruce (segment "Old Chief Wood'nhead")
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesMrs. Ellis
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV SeriesRosie
Remington Steele1984TV SeriesDorothy Lamour
Hart to Hart1984TV SeriesKatherine Prince
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesLil Braddock
Death at Love House1976TV MovieDenise Christian
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Visiting Film Star
Marcus Welby, M.D.1971TV SeriesMary DeSocio
The Phynx1970Dorothy Lamour
Love, American Style1970TV SeriesHolly's Mother (segment "Love and the Pick-Up")
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesStella Fisher
I Spy1967TV SeriesHalima
Pajama Party1964Head Saleslady
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesFlo Romaine / Lovey Harrington
Donovan's Reef1963Miss Lafleur
The Road to Hong Kong1962Dorothy Lamour
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV Series
The Red Skelton Hour1955TV SeriesLuana
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesSally Bracken
All Star Revue1953TV SeriesGuest Actress (Sketch)
Hollywood Opening Night1952TV Series
Road to Bali1952Princess Lala
The Greatest Show on Earth1952Phyllis
Here Comes the Groom1951Dorothy Lamour (uncredited)
Manhandled1949Merl Kramer
Slightly French1949Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia
The Lucky Stiff1949Anna Marie St Claire
The Girl from Manhattan1948Carol Maynard
Lulu Belle1948Lulu Belle
On Our Merry Way1948Gloria Manners
Road to Rio1947Lucia Maria de Andrade
Wild Harvest1947Fay Rankin
Variety Girl1947Dorothy Lamour
My Favorite Brunette1947Carlotta Montay
Masquerade in Mexico1945Angel O'Reilly
Road to Utopia1945Sal Van Hoyden
Duffy's Tavern1945Dorothy Lamour
A Medal for Benny1945Lolita Sierra
Mail Call1944ShortDorothy Lamour (uncredited)
Rainbow Island1944Lona
And the Angels Sing1944Nancy Angel
Riding High1943Ann Castle
Dixie1943Millie Cook
They Got Me Covered1943Christina Hill
Road to Morocco1942Princess Shalmar
Beyond the Blue Horizon1942Tama
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Dorothy Lamour- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
The Fleet's In1942The Countess
Aloma of the South Seas1941Aloma
Caught in the Draft1941Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks
Road to Zanzibar1941Donna Latour
Chad Hanna1940Albany Yates
Moon Over Burma1940Arla Dean
Johnny Apollo1940'Lucky' Dubarry
Road to Singapore1940Mima
Disputed Passage1939Audrey Hilton
Man About Town1939Diana Wilson
St. Louis Blues1939Norma Malone
Spawn of the North1938Nicky Duval
Tropic Holiday1938Manuela
Hollywood Handicap1938ShortDorothy Lamour
Her Jungle Love1938Tura
The Big Broadcast of 19381938Dorothy Wyndham
Thrill of a Lifetime1937Specialty
The Hurricane1937Marama
High, Wide, and Handsome1937Molly Fuller
The Last Train from Madrid1937Carmelita Castillo
Swing High, Swing Low1937Anita Alvarez
The Jungle Princess1936Ulah
College Holiday1936Dancer (uncredited)
Paramount Headliner: The Star Reporter in Hollywood No. 11936ShortDorothy Lamour - Screen Test Clip
The Stars Can't Be Wrong1936ShortDorothy Lamour
Footlight Parade1933Chorus Girl (uncredited)


Rainbow Island1944performer: "BELOVED"
Road to Morocco1942"Moonlight Becomes You" 1942 / performer: "Constantly" 1942
Star Spangled Rhythm1942performer: "A Sweater, a Sarong and a Peek-a-Boo Bang"
The Fleet's In1942performer: "I Remember You", "Not Mine", "When You Hear the Time Signal" - uncredited
Aloma of the South Seas1941performer: "THE WHITE BLOSSOMS OF TAH-NI"
Road to Zanzibar1941"IT'S ALWAYS YOU", uncredited / performer: "YOU'RE DANGEROUS" - uncredited
Moon Over Burma1940performer: "MOON OVER BURMA"
Typhoon1940performer: "PALMS OF PARADISE"
Johnny Apollo1940performer: "This Is the Beginning of the End" 1940, "Dancing for Nickels and Dimes" 1940, "Your Kiss" 1940 uncredited
Road to Singapore1940performer: "Too Romantic" 1940, "Sweet Potato Piper" 1940, "The Moon and the Willow Tree" 1940, "Captain Custard" 1940
The Big Broadcast of 19381938performer: "YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY HEART" 1937 - uncredited
Thrill of a Lifetime1937performer: "Thrill of a Lifetime"
High, Wide, and Handsome1937performer: "The Things I Want", "Allegheny Al"
Swing High, Swing Low1937"I Hear a Call to Arms" 1937, uncredited / performer: "Panamania" 1937 - uncredited
Paramount Headliner: The Star Reporter in Hollywood No. 11936Short performer: "Love Is Like a Cigarette"
Snow Falling on Cedars1999performer: "Moon over Burma"
Pajama Party1964performer: "Where Did I Go Wrong"
The Road to Hong Kong1962performer: "WARMER THAN A WHISPER", "Personality"
Road to Bali1952performer: "MOON FLOWERS", "THE MERRY GO RUNAROUND"
The Greatest Show on Earth1952performer: "Lovely Luawana Lady"
Here Comes the Groom1951performer: "MISTO CRISTOFO COLUMBO"
Slightly French1949performer: "Let's Fall in Love", "Fifi from the Follies Bergere", "Love Masquerade"
The Lucky Stiff1949performer: "LONELINESS"
Lulu Belle1948performer: "I Can't Tell Why I Love You, But I Do", "The Ace in the Hole", "Sweetie Pie", "Lulu Belle"
On Our Merry Way1948performer: "The Queen of the Hollywood Islands" - uncredited
Road to Rio1947performer: "EXPERIENCE"
Variety Girl1947"HARMONY" / performer: "TALLAHASSEE"
My Favorite Brunette1947performer: "Beside You"
Masquerade in Mexico1945performer: "Perfidia" - uncredited
Road to Utopia1945performer: "Personality" 1946, "Would You?" 1946


Bob Hope: Memories of World War II1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1994TV SpecialHerself
Entertaining the Troops1994DocumentaryHerself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1993TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories1991TV SpecialHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV MovieHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
Keep on Cruisin'1987TV SeriesHerself
The 46th Annual Golden Apple Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America1980-1985TV SeriesHerself
The Holywood Reporter Salutes Radie Harris1985TV MovieHerself
Family Feud1985TV SeriesHerself
The Legends of the Screen1983TV MovieHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself
The John Davidson Show1980-1982TV SeriesHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1980-1981TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHerself
The Road to Eltham1978TV MovieHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967-1976TV SeriesHerself
The Annual National Sports Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1954-1970TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHerself
The Match Game1965TV SeriesTeam Captain
The Price Is Right1965TV SeriesHerself
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHerself
The New Steve Allen Show1963TV SeriesHerself
Candid Camera1963TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth1963TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
Play Your Hunch1960TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself
The Arthur Murray Special for Bob Hope1960TV MovieHerself
New American Bandstand 19651958TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1955-1958TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Jimmy Durante Show1955TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 34, No. 6: Hollywood Shower of Stars1955ShortHerself
This Is Your Life1953-1954TV SeriesHerself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1954TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show1953-1954TV SeriesHerself
All Star Revue1951-1952TV SeriesHerself - Guest Actress / Herself
Unusual Occupations1947/IDocumentary shortHerself (uncredited)
KTLA Premiere1947TV MovieHerself
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival1940Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

American Masters2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies2000Video documentary
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star1996Video documentaryHerself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress 'Road to Bali' (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryActress 'Chad Hanna' (uncredited)
Texaco Presents Bob Hope in a Very Special Special: On the Road with Bing1977TV Special
The Extraordinary Seaman1969Dorothy Lamour (uncredited)
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Moments in Music1950Documentary shortDorothy Lamour - edited from: Road to Rio (uncredited)

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6332 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6240 Hollywood Blvd.
1948Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress

Nominated Awards

1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressCreepshow 2 (1987)
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