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Dinah Shore

SHORE, DINAH (Francis Rose Shore; 1917–1994), U.S. singer. Born in Winchester, Tennessee, Shore graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1938. She started working on radio in 1938 and in 1940 starred in NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. She appeared on Eddie Cantor's radio show, 1940–43. Her sentimental style suited the wartime and postwar periods, and her record "Yes, My Darling Daughter" sold a million copies. She sang in several films (Up in Arms; Follow the Boys, both 1944). The first female star to have her own prime-time TV variety show, her easy-going manner was successful on television when The Dinah Shore Show ran from 1951 to 1961. Her two subsequent TV variety shows were Dinah's Place (1970–74) and Dinah! (1974–80). Shore won eight Emmy Awards for her television programs and for her vocal performances (Best Female Singer). She was married to actor George Montgomery from 1943 to 1963.

Shore wrote and/or compiled six cookbooks, among them Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah (1971); Dining in Los Angeles (with L. Grad, 1979); and The Dinah Shore American Kitchen (1990).


B. Cassiday, Dinah!: A Biography (1979).

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.