53 Stunning Vintage Photos of Dorothy Lamour in the 1930s and 1940s

The American actress and singer quit school at 14 to help support her family and began entering beauty pageants and was crowned ‘Miss New Orleans’, in 1931. In 1935, Dorothy Lamour went on tour with Herbie Kay’s orchestra which led her to obtain her own musical program on the radio. In 1936, she moved to Hollywood and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, staring in the popular hit, The Jungle Princess. Throughout the film, the actress wore a seductive sarong at a time when major studios believed that certain actresses needed something of a signature: Dorothy Lamour became the ‘Sarong Queen.’

During the 1940s, she was the main feminine act in the widely successful series of films, Road to…, alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. During World War II, she was among the most popular pin-up girls and an active war support.

From the beginning of the 1950s, her career declined and she turned herself towards theatre and cabaret until the end of the 1970s. Dorothy Lamour remained, throughout her career, quite modest about her acting and singing abilities when asked by an interviewer if she had ever studied these disciplines, she simply replied: ‘No, can’t you tell?’

1938 publicity photo

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