As soldiers trekked across the globe into the brutality of war, they carried tokens to keep up morale. Some of that inspiration came from the iconic pin-up model Betty Grable, whose image was stamped across planes, barrack walls, and even bomber jackets. Grable became immensely wealthy for her modeling work,...
New York Post
Betty Grable’s legacy and her million-dollar legs still lives on almost 50 years after her death. The shining starlet of Hollywood’s Golden Age secured her place as one of America’s top pinup girls during World War II, where her photo was salivated over by servicemen as they manned the trenches.
'40s pinup Betty Grable was proud of 'bringing a little happiness to our soldiers' during WWII, daughter says
Betty Grable made history with her million-dollar legs. During World War II, the pinup famously modeled a white bathing suit that showed off her sculpted stems. The poster, a promotional shot for the 1943 film "Sweet Rosie O’Grady," became a sensation among American servicemen and nearly three million copies were reportedly distributed. GIs proudly displayed the pic in their barracks or carried it with their personal belongings. It also appeared on planes and bomber jackets.
Kaleem Shah’s Bella Vita sat a good trip, then zoomed to the lead at the head of the stretch and went on to a length and a half victory in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Sunday, the day after the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championships had been presented at the seaside oval.
Six fillies and mares will face the starter Sunday at Del Mar in the 26th edition of the Betty Grable Stakes, a seven-furlong affair that carries a $100,000 purse and is part of the year-long Golden State Stakes Series worth a total of $4.325 million for California bred or sired horses.