Wednesday, Sep. 01, 2010

Betty Grable's Legs

Betty Grable's 40 films grossed over $100 million at the box office and she was the highest-paid Hollywood celebrity between 1943 and 1951. But despite her exquisite singing and dancing skills, Grable was most famous for her legs. The iconic pinup of the starlet in a white bathing suit became a favorite with GIs during World War II. Grable reportedly earned $300,000 a year, largely because of her legs. So it only makes sense that, at the height of her fame, she insured them for $1 million.

Want to know what $1 million (more than half a century ago) looks like? Just visit Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where Grable committed her legs to concrete in 1948.