Beauty will save

Beauty in everything

Miss New Orleans, Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour

A. L. Schafer’s photo. 1944. Miss New Orleans, Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour

A. L. Schafer’s photo. 1944. Miss New Orleans, Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour (1914–1996)

Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour
Born in 1914 in New Orleans, Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, she spent her childhood in Louisiana. She grew in the family of waiters Carmen Louise and John Watson Slaton. A few years later, her parents divorced and her mother soon married Clarence Lamour, whose name Dorothy took later. The second marriage of the mother, too, was short-lived and after the divorce she and Dorothy were in a bad financial situation. At the age of 15, Dorothy forged her documents in order to drop out of school and find work. After that, she entered the school of secretaries, in which her happiness did not require a certificate of secondary education.
Meanwhile, aged 17 she became Miss New Orleans (1931). After she had won the Miss New Orleans contest, Dorothy and her mother moved to Chicago. There she began working as a lift keeper at the Marshall Field store. Later, she met her first husband, vocalist Herbie Kay, whose band was on the radio for a while. However, she left the group and moved to New York, where, thanks to one of her friends, settled in as a singer at the popular El Morocco nightclub.
Then she worked in a cabaret on Fifth Avenue, where she met Luis B. Mayer, the head of the MGM studio.
Lamour had a dark, exotic look that brought her stardom and typecasting as a “native girl.” Thanks to Mayer, she went to Hollywood in 1935, and signed a contract with Paramount. And the same year, Dorothy became the host of her own musical program on NBC radio.

1931 Miss New Orleans, Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour (1914–1996)

1931 Miss New Orleans, Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour (1914–1996)

However, the real success came to Dorothy immediately after the first film, “The Jungle Princess” (1936). There, she played Ulu (the female counterpart of Tarzan), that brought her the title of “beauty of the southern seas”. Also popular were her roles in the films from the series “Road to Zanzibar” (1941) and “Road to Morocco” (1942), with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the lead roles.

1934 photo

1934 photo

Dorothy was rumored to have love affair with the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States Edgar Hoover. However, no one believed this, since Edgar Hoover was a homosexual. Interestingly, Dorothy herself did not deny it. After a turbulent romance with Edgar Hoover, Dorothy was Edgar’s best friend until his death.

A performer of the roles of exotic beauties Dorothy Lamour

A performer of the roles of exotic beauties Dorothy Lamour

During the Second World War, Dorothy, along with Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, was one of the most popular actresses photographed on posters for US servicemen. In the early 1960s, she returned to the movies, having appeared subsequently in only three films, and also appeared on television in several serials. However, in the 1970s, she barely acted, and spent most of her time with her husband, William Ross Howard III in the town of Hampton in Maryland, until he died in 1978.

1940s star Dorothy Lamour

1940s star Dorothy Lamour

In 1980, Lamour published her autobiography entitled My Side of the Road. The last film starring Dorothy was the “Kaleidoscope of Horrors 2” in 1987, but after that she remained popular as a topic for discussion in magazines and on TV.

American actress and singer Dorothy Lamour

American actress and singer Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour died of a heart attack on September 22, 1996 in Los Angeles at the age of 81 years. The actress is awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the film industry and the development of radio.

“I made 60 motion pictures and only wore the sarong in about six pictures, but it did become a kind of trademark”

1942 – Road to Morocco

1942 – Road to Morocco

Hollywood beauty Dorothy Lamour

Chimp Jiggs and Dorothy in Palm Springs on the set of Her Jungle Love, 1937. Paramount

Chimp Jiggs and Dorothy in Palm Springs on the set of Her Jungle Love, 1937. Paramount

Dottie, Dorothy Lamour

Dottie, Dorothy Lamour

Exotic Dorothy Lamour

Exotic Dorothy Lamour

Fan art. Dorothy doll. Work by Darya Madarina

Fan art. Dorothy doll. Work by Darya Madarina

Film actress Dorothy Lamour

Film actress Dorothy Lamour

George Hurrell's photo, 1938

George Hurrell’s photo, 1938

Glamorous beauty Dorothy Lamour

Glamorous beauty Dorothy Lamour

Heart background, Dorothy

Heart background, Dorothy

Hollywood diva Dorothy Lamour

Hollywood diva Dorothy Lamour

Icon of style, Dorothy Lamour

Icon of style, Dorothy Lamour

Maurice Seymour’s photo of Dorothy Lamour, 1936

Maurice Seymour’s photo of Dorothy Lamour, 1936

Model, singer, actress Dorothy Lamour

Model, singer, actress Dorothy Lamour

One of Hollywood’s most beloved, warm and generous stars, Dorothy Lamour

One of Hollywood’s most beloved, warm and generous stars, Dorothy Lamour

Paper Doll by Jim Howard, Dorothy Lamour

Paper Doll by Jim Howard, Dorothy Lamour

Photographed in 1938 Dorothy Lamour

Photographed in 1938 Dorothy Lamour

Pictured in 1939 Dorothy Lamour

Pictured in 1939 Dorothy Lamour

Poster. Dorothy Lamour

Poster. Dorothy Lamour

Retro actress Dorothy Lamour

Retro actress Dorothy Lamour

She never lost her Sarong Girl tag throughout her entire career, Dorothy Lamour

She never lost her Sarong Girl tag throughout her entire career, Dorothy Lamour

Stylish and beautiful Dorothy Lamour

Stylish and beautiful Dorothy Lamour

Typhoon, 1940

Typhoon, 1940

Unique actress Dorothy Lamour

Unique actress Dorothy Lamour

Vintage actress Dorothy Lamour

Vintage actress Dorothy Lamour

Vintage beauty Dorothy Lamour

Vintage beauty Dorothy Lamour

Wearing sparkling dress Dorothy Lamour 1936

Wearing sparkling dress Dorothy Lamour 1936

Wild Harvest, 1947

Wild Harvest, 1947

With a doll, Dorothy Lamour

With a doll, Dorothy Lamour