Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable was born December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, MO. According to a newspaper published at the time of her death, "Her 42 movies during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million. She set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars. The Treasury Department in 1946-47 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman. She earned more than $3 million during her career."
Sophia Loren was born September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was with one man her entire life although do to quirks in Italian law she could not legally be married to him Carlo Ponti for a while. Rumor has it she had some affairs in that in between time when her marriage was annulled before she remarried Ponti. Regardless, she knew how to knit and there is a fun sweater pattern named after her.
Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mansfield was her first husband's last name.
Mansfield moved to Dallas as a child and graduated from Highland Parl High School in 1950. She attended SMU and UT for a while. She took acting classes from Baruch Lumet, father of director, Stanley Lumet. She moved to Los Angeles in 1954.
What impresses me about Lucille is the number of careers she pursued. She worked in fashion modeling, dramatic theater, vaudeville, movies, radio, and television. She then moved into the studio and production side of television while still acting in Broadway and in movies.
I spent last weekend at the DFW Fiber Fest and had a great time. The Fiber Fest took scarf donations for veterans organized by the National World War II Museum. I love that the museum has knitting and crochet patterns for scarves as well as history behind knitting for soldiers.