May 23, 1928 – Rosemary Clooney
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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Rosemary Clooney, singing star of radio, motion pictures, and television, was born on May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky , to Andrew Clooney, Jr. (son of the mayor of Maysville), and Frances (Guilfoyle) Clooney. The family moved to Cincinnati when Rosemary and her sister Betty were teenagers. The sisters began singing together on Cincinnati radio station WLW, and Tony Pastor, a popular band leader, hired them as featured vocalists. Paramount Studios offered Clooney a screen test; when her first movie, The Stars Are Singing, was produced in 1953, she arranged to have the premier showing in Maysville. Always a booster of her hometown, where a street bears her name, she gave a benefit concert there in August 1983. In 1953 she married Jose Ferrer, the actor, and had five children: Miquel, Maria, Gabriel, Moncita, and Rafael. Divorced in 1962, Clooney suffered an emotional breakdown in 1968, but she fought her way back to a productive resumption of her career. Clooney and her brother Nick are co-chairs of the Betty Clooney Foundation for the Brain- Injured.
Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Girl singer : an autobiography / Rosemary Clooney with Joan Barthel.ML420.C58 A3 2001, Fine Arts Library
White Christmas [videorecording] / a Paramount Picture ; written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank ; lyrics and music by Irving Berlin ; produced by Robert Emmett Dolan ; directed by Michael Curtiz.AV-D3076, Young Media Library
Rosemary Clooney sings the lyrics of Johnny Mercer [sound recording]CD7467, Fine Arts Media Center