Tuesday, January 10, 2012

RIP Betty Jane Rhodes

Betty Jane Rhodes [1921 – 2011]

Betty Jane was born on April 21, 1921 in Rockford, Illinois and  was singing on radio at age 9. Her rich contralto voice and good looks earned her a Paramount contract at age 15. She made her film debut in “Forgotten Faces” (1936), and sang ‘My Melancholy Baby’ in Arizona Raiders later that year. By World War II, she was starring in minor musicals of her own, including “Sweater Girl” and “You Can't Ration Love”. She recorded for Decca and RCA, scoring hits with ‘Rumors Are Flying’ and ‘Buttons and Bows.’ She had an early TV show, "Adventures in Rhythm," on the Mutual Broadcasting System, co-founded by her husband, Willet H. Brown. Betty Jane died on December 26, 2011.

RHODES, Betty Jane
Born: 4/21/1921, Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/26/2011, U.S.A.

Betty Jane Rhodes' westerns - actress:
The Arizona Raiders - 1936 (Lenta Lindsay)
Along the Rio Grande - 1941 (Mary Loring)

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