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Rosemary Clooney was a popular singer beginning in the 1950s and had a No. 1 hit with "Come On-a My House." She was aunt to actor George Clooney.
Rosemary Clooney was born on May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky. She sang and toured with a big band in the 1940s and eventually signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist. Her first No. 1 hit was "Come On-a My House" in 1951. In the 1950s, she starred in White Christmas with Bing Crosby and had her own television show. Clooney was twice married to actor Jose Ferrer and received a lifetime Grammy in 2002. She died of lung cancer in 2002.
Singer Rosemary Clooney was born on May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky. Rosemary Clooney was a popular recording artist during the 1950s, known for her warm, engaging voice. She started out singing with her sister Betty on a Cincinnati radio show. The two joined Tony Pastor's big band orchestra in 1946 and toured with them for a few years.
After her sister retired from singing, Rosemary Clooney went to New York to launch her solo career around 1949. Two years later, after signing with Columbia Records, she had her first No. 1 hit with "Come On-a My House." More hits followed, such as "Hey There," "This Ole House" and "Tenderly." Around this time, she also appeared in a few feature films, such as The Stars Are Singing (1953) and White Christmas (1954) with Bing Crosby. In the late 1950s, Clooney had her own self-titled television show.
Mental Collapse and Career Revival
Clooney's career took a downturn when she experienced personal problems in the late 1960s. She went through a divorce from actor Jose Ferrer, had another failed love affair, developed an addiction to prescription medication, and was at the Ambassador Hotel when presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, a personal friend, was assassinated. All these events contributed to Clooney's eventual mental collapse, one that she would spend years recovering from.
Little by little, Rosemary Clooney rebuilt her career, starting out in small clubs and lounges. In the mid-1970s, she joined Bing Crosby on his final tour, which helped spur on her comeback. She later signed a recording contract with the Concord Jazz label. Her personal life improved as well. She married Dante DiPaolo, a dancer she had known from two of her films, in 1996.
In her later years, Rosemary Clooney continued to record and perform. In 2002, she received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Rosemary Clooney died from complications related to her battle with lung cancer on June 29, in Beverly Hills, California. She had five children from her marriage to Ferrer.
I am underdressed. That’s what’s going through my head as I clamber inelegantly off a big, gray inflatable zodiac and step onto the M/Y Grace Kelly, the yacht that would be my home for a week-long tour of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. I was dressed for adventure in an athletic tee and a sensible hat, not for the age-of-glamor cruising, epitomized by the ship’s former owner, Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco.
Grace Kelly Wedding Photo
Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly's wedding ceremony at Monaco's St. Nicholas Cathedral. (Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Grace Kelly, a glamorous Hitchcock muse and winner of a Best Actress Oscar, met Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 when she visited the royal palace to be photographed with one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Eight months later, allegedly after Grace Kelly submitted to a fertility test, the couple married in the original “Wedding of the Century” (sorry Kimye).
A civil ceremony, required by Monaco law, was held in the palace, which had been completely redecorated in preparation for the wedding. This was followed by a religious ceremony attended by hundreds including Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, and David Niven. Grace’s wedding gown, a gift from MGM Studios, was hand sewn by nearly 40 seamstresses and was only outshone by her 12-carat, emerald-cut diamond Cartier ring which she wore in her final movie, High Society. In order for Grace to get out of her contract with MGM, the couple agreed to have their wedding filmed and released as a movie.
A message from the Pope was read at the end of the ceremony and at 5 pm the couple drove through the streets of Monte Carlo in a convertible Rolls Royce on their way to an even more luxurious form of transportation, the 147-foot Deo Juvante II yacht. The yacht, a wedding present from Aristotle Onassis, took them on their honeymoon through the Mediterranean.
The royal couple sold the yacht in 1958, and she was renamed and refitted many times until, in 2007, the yacht caught the eye of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, who wanted to use her as a shadow boat for his mega-yacht the Octopus. It also caught the eye of Quasar Expeditions which bought the yacht. After two years of upgrades and renovations, including the addition of a third level, the yacht was rechristened the M/Y Grace Kelly in honor of her most glamorous previous owner.