Dinah Shore was born as Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore, in Winchester, Tennessee. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered after receiving treatment. She became a cheerleader at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University in 1938, where she majored in sociology. She took voice and acting lessons on the side and sang on radio station WSM in Nashville. In 1938, she left Tennessee for New York City and began singing on radio station WNCW. Her first recordings were with bandleader Xavier Cugat, and she later changed her named to Dinah after her success with the song of the same name. She received numerous Emmy awards for television specials and productions and appeared in many films.
Notable facts about Dinah Shore: She earned the USO Medallion Award as the first entertainer to visit GIs on the front lines of WWII. She was the first female star to have her own prime-time TV variety show. A childhood bout with polio left her with a deformed leg. For the rest of her life, she wore either long dresses or slacks to cover this up. Dinah was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1994. She had a lifelong passion toward painting and cookbooks. She was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard; for Radio at 1751 Vine Street; and for Television at 6916 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
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