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Dorothy Lamour

Mary Leta Dorothy Lamour (née Slaton; December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for having appeared in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

Lamour began her career in the 1930s as a big band singer. In 1936, she moved to Hollywood where she signed with Paramount Pictures. Her appearance as "Ulah" in The Jungle Princess (1936) brought her fame and marked the beginning of her image as the "Sarong Queen."

In 1940, Lamour made her first Road series comedy film, Road to Singapore. The Road series films were popular during the 1940s. The sixth film in the series, Road to Bali, was released in 1952. By that time, Lamour's screen career began to wane, and she focused on stage and television work. In 1961, Crosby and Hope teamed up for one more, The Road to Hong Kong, but actress Joan Collins was cast as the female lead. Lamour made a brief appearance and sang a song near the end of that film.

In the 1970s, Lamour revived her nightclub act and, in 1980, released her autobiography My Side of the Road. She made her final onscreen appearance in 1987.

Lamour married her second husband, William Ross Howard III, in 1943. They had two sons and remained married until Howard's death in 1978. Lamour died at her home in 1996 at the age of 81.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 10th, 1914 (New Orleans), Died September 22nd, 1996 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist

Recordings (Results 26-41 of 41 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 3230 10-in. 10/20/1943 Lovely hula hands Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3231 10-in. 10/20/1943 Song of old Hawaii Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3240 10-in. 10/26/1943 Hawaiian hospitality Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3241 10-in. 10/26/1943 My little grass shack Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3242 10-in. 10/26/1943 Malihini Mele Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3243 10-in. 10/26/1943 The moon of Manakoora Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3244 10-in. 10/26/1943 The one rose Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3245 10-in. 10/26/1943 Little brown gal Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3994 10-in. 11/14/1945 That's love Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3995 10-in. 11/14/1945 Perfidia Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3996 10-in. 11/14/1945 Nos otros Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3997 10-in. 11/14/1945 Adios, mariquita linda Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 3998 10-in. 11/14/1945 Tristeza Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 4001 10-in. 11/19/1945 As long as I love Eddie Durant ; Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 4002 10-in. 11/19/1945 Masquerade in Mexico Eddie Durant ; Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
Decca L 4003 10-in. 11/19/1945 Tu nombre Eddie Durant ; Dorothy Lamour vocalist  
(Results 26-41 of 41 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lamour, Dorothy," accessed November 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102570.

Lamour, Dorothy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102570.

"Lamour, Dorothy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 November 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102570

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