Ruth Etting1896 — 1978 Age: 81 years old
From Wikipedia Ruth Etting (November 23, 1896 – September 24, 1978) was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. She is known as "America's sweetheart of song". Her signature tunes were "Shine On, Harvest Moon", "Ten Cents a Dance" and "Love Me or Leave Me". Her other popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", "Exactly Like You" and "Shaking the Blues Away". In Hollywood, Etting made a long series of movie shorts between 1929 and 1936, and three feature movies in 1933 and 1934. In 1936, she appeared in London in Ray Henderson's Transatlantic Rhythm. Her life was the basis for the fictionalized 1955 film Love Me or Leave Me, which starred Doris Day (as Etting), James Cagney (as Snyder) and Cameron Mitchell (as Alderman). Etting, Myrl Alderman and Moe Snyder all sold their rights to the story to MGM. Shortly before her death, Etting said she thought the screen portrayal of her was too tough and that Jane Powell would have been a better choice for the lead. For her work in films, Etting has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located on the north side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
November 23, 1896, David City, Nebraska, USA
September 24, 1978
1929 Ruth Etting in Favorite MelodiesHerself 1930 Broadway's Like ThatRuth 1930 RoselandHelen Leslie 1931 Words & Music 1932 A Modern CinderellaAnita Ragusa 1933 Roman ScandalsOlga 1933 Bye-Gones 1933 I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket 1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray!Ruth Etting 1934 Gift of GabRuth 1934 No Contest!Ruth 1934 The Song of Fame 1935 An Old Spanish Onion 1936 Melody in May 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up