Dorothy Lamour, the prolific actress with the long brown hair and trademark sarong enchanted millions worldwide with her memorable performances in the “Road” films, in which she co-starred with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
But Dorothy Lamour was much more than Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s sidekick. She possessed a multitude of talent that was exhibited in all aspects of the entertainment industry from film, television to the singing circuit where she garnered critical acclaim in each medium. Now twenty years after her passing, Dorothy Lamour is attaining some overdue recognition in the blogging world with a plethora of classic film enthusiasts coalescing to pay tribute to this consummate actress who has left an indelible mark on cinema history.
Sadly I must admit that the only film I have ever seen of Dorothy Lamour’s is Swing High, Swing Low, so when I registered for this blogathon, I was highly enthusiastic about viewing some of her films, but to my chagrin, I never did receive my orders, which meant that I had to decide at the last minute what I was going to write about. It was only today that the idea of submitting a Dorothy Lamour pictorial flung into my mind. With all that said, I leave you all with these exquisite photos of Miss Lamour which document certain facets of her life and career.
“Glamor is just sex that got civilized. A pretty girl, tastefully posed in a scant costume, is even a sort of cultural achievement.”
Dorothy Lamour in The Hurricane ( 1937 ) sporting the Edith Head designed sarong that made her famous.
Dorothy Lamour studying a menu at Wil Wright’s in Beverly Hills. Photographed in 1936.
“I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business.”
“It’s a treat to be kissed, even goodbye.”
Dorothy Lamour in 1938.
“I’m no prude. I know you have to come up a little bit modern. But all this filth and homosexuality and sex and nudity today are ruining any hope of our young people having the beautiful life.”
“Some day I hope the critics will say of me, not only that I wear a sarong becomingly, but also that I gave a good performance. I’ve never had any real theatrical training you know.”
[on working with Hope and Crosby] “I felt like a wonderful sandwich, a slice of white bread between two slices of ham.”
Dorothy Lamour at home with her son John.