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Music singer and actress Rosemary Clooney pictures (pic) and photo gallery, albums covers pictures.
Born: May 23, 1928, Maysville, Kentucky, USA.
DiedL June 29, 2002 (aged 74) Beverly Hills, California, USA. (ling cancer).
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m).
Measurements: 37C-24-34 (in 1953).
-Dante DiPaolo (7 November 1997 - 29 June 2002) (her death).
-Jose Ferrer (1966 - 1967) (divorced).
-Jose Ferrer (13 July 1953 - 1961) (divorced) they have five children.
Rosemary Clooney biography (bio):
Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, about 45 miles up the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio to Andrew Joseph Clooney and Frances Marie Guilfoyle, both of whom were Catholics with Irish ancestry. Her father was an alcoholic and she and her brother and sister were constantly moving back and forth between her parents. When Rosemary was fifteen, her mother and brother Nick moved to California. She and her sister Betty remained with their father.
Rosemary, Betty, and brother, Nick, all became entertainers. In the next generation, some of her own children, including Miguel and Rafael, and also her nephew, George Clooney (Nick's son), also became respected entertainers. In 1945 the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati's radio station WLW as singers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of her early career.
Clooney's first recordings, in May 1946 were for Columbia Records as a singer with the big band of Tony Pastor. She continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, still for Columbia. In 1951 her record of "Come On-a My House" became a hit, her first of many singles to hit the charts - despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia to record the song, and that she would be in violation of her contract if she did not record it.
In 1954, she, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, starred in the movie White Christmas. In later years, Clooney would often appear with Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, and the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together. Crosby opined that Clooney was "the best in the business."
In 1956, she starred in a half hour syndicated television musical variety show "The Rosemary Clooney Show". The show featured the "Hi-Lo's" singing group and "Nelson Riddle's orchestra" The following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as "The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney", but only lasted one season. The new show featured the "Modernaires" singing group and "Frank DeVol's orchestra".
In 1958, Clooney left Columbia, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and then some for Coral Records. Finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963. In 1964 she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records. In 1966 she went to United Artists Records. In 1986 she sang a duet with Wild Man Fischer on "It's a Hard Business".
Beginning in 1977, she recorded an album a year for Concord Records, which continued until her death. This made her something of an anomaly, because most of her generation of singers had long since stopped recording regularly by then.
In the late-1970s and early-1980s, Clooney was also a pitch-person for Coronet paper towels, for which she sang a memorable jingle that goes, "Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coro-net."
In 1994, Rosemary guest starred in the new NBC medical drama ER, for which she was nominated for an Emmy.
Clooney received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.