Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Cigarette Card Stars (7) : Shirley Ross

Shirley Ross never made it to the front rank of Hollywood stars but carved out a solid career in thirty one films between 1933 and 1945 including twice working with Bob Hope. Shirley was born in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Hollywood in her youth. She began to sing in clubs and on the radio where she attracted the attention of cinema bosses. She made her film debut in 1933's "Blonde bombshell" in a bit part and then gradually moved up the billing in a number of musicals throughout the decade.

Probably the height of her career was co-starring with Bob Hope in 1938's "Big Broadcast of 1938" and "Some like it hot" the following year, where she also sang the theme song. However, in the early 1940s her film career began to fade as Shirley preferred to perform live and on the radio. After her last film in 1945, she left showbiz. She died in 1975.