Gale Robbins ~ The Beautiful Pin-Up

 Gale Robbins

Gale Robbins was a 1940s singer and actress who became a popular pin-up girl

She was born Betty Gale Fields on May 7, 1921 in Mitchell, Indiana. Gale was the youngest of five children. When she was young her family moved to Chicago, Illinois and her parents divorced. At the age of seventeen she won the Miss Chicago Beauty Contest. Then she enrolled at the Vera Jones modeling school. She quickly became a successful model and appeared on several magazine covers. In 1940 she started singing with Phil Levant's band. Gale also sang with Jan Garber's band and appeared on Ben Bernie's radio show. On November 8, 1943 she married her childhood sweetheart Robert Olson. She was signed by 20th Century Fox and made her film debut in the 1944 drama In The Meantime Darling. The beautiful blonde posed for Yank magazine and became one a popular World War 2 pin-up girl.

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Gale had small parts in the films My Dear Secretary, The Windjammer, and Race Street. She got the chance to sing several songs in the 1949 musical The Barkley Of Broadway. Unfortunately she never got any major movie roles. Gale and her husband had two daughters - Victoria and Cynthia. During the 1950s she appeared on numerous television shows including Mister Ed, 77 Sunset Strip, and Perry Mason. She also recorded an album called I'm A Dreamer. Gale stopped acting in the early 1960s so she could focus on her family. Tragically in 1967 her husband Robert was killed in a construction accident. She began working as an interior designer and occasionally sang in nightclubs. In 1975 she appeared on stage in Stephen Sondheim's musical Company. Sadly on February 12, 1980 she died from lung cancer. Gale was only fifty-eight years old. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.

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