Betty Ann Grove

(1929 - 2015)

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Betty Ann Grove
1929 - 2015
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2015
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Betty Ann Grove was born in 1929. She died in 2015 at age 86.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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GROVE, Betty Ann, recording artist and Broadway and television performer, pa**ed away peacefully on November 13, 2015, in Richmond, Va. Born in Boston in 1928, she made her first recording at the New York World's Fair of 1939, followed by a stint on the 1949 NBC Broadway Revue, which led to appearances as a top-billed vocalist on Stop the Music with Bert Parks, The Big Payoff, The Red Buttons Show and Ed Sullivan's The Toast of the Town. In 1953, she was featured on the cover of TV Digest and shortly thereafter, appeared on the cover of LOOK magazine as one of "America's Most Televised Women." Her recordings were popular, with "Waltzing Down the Aisle" at the top of the charts. She was indeed America's sweetheart and the toast of the town! As a Broadway actress, she got her big break when Cole Porter chose her to take over the lead role of Bianca in the Broadway production of Kiss Me Kate. Known in the business as a "triple threat," she later put her singing, acting and tap dancing skills to work creating the role of Nellie Cohan in the original Broadway production of George M! opposite Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters. She also appeared on Broadway in I Remember Mama, with Liv Ullmann and On Your Toes, directed by legendary director, George Abbott, Throughout the years, she traveled the country appearing in innumerable summer stock and regional theatre productions. When she retired, along with her husband, the late Roger Hunting, they moved from New York City to Richmond, where she continued to charm audiences, immersing herself in Richmond's rich theatrical tradition. All who knew her will miss her charm, her talent, her voice, her wit - and her fabulous tap dancing "time step!" Date and location of a celebration of her life will be announced separately.
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Amanda S. Stevenson
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She was exceptionally talented as an actress, singer and dancer. Betty Ann Grove was lovable too!
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Amanda S. Stevenson
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BETTY ANN GROVE OBITUARY
9/9/1929 - 11/13/2015

Betty Ann Grove (Everett Collection) Betty Ann Grove, an actress, singer and dancer, died Nov. 13, according to multiple news sources. She was 86.

The cause of death was not announced.

Grove replaced Lisa Kirk as Bianca on Broadway in "Kiss Me, Kate." She later appeared in the musicals "I Remember Mama," "George M!" and a 1980s revival of "On Your Toes."

Grove, who was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Cambridge, Ma**achusetts, had a powerful singing voice. She recorded songs in the 1950s including "Waltzing Down the Aisle."

The pop singer was a frequent guest on Jack Paar's "Tonight Show" as well as "Stop the Music," "The Bert Parks Show," "Summer Holiday," "The Arthur Murray Party" and "Ozark Jubilee."

In 1953, she was featured on the cover of Look magazine as one of "America's Most Televised Women."

In a 1952 magazine article, Parks described Grove's frenetic pace during five months in 1950 when she performed in both "Stop the Music" on television and "Kiss Me, Kate" on Broadway:

"At 7:30 every Thursday night, she would rush into a dressing room at ABC's Ritz Theatre on West 48th Street, change into her TV costume, tear onstage for her numbers, change again into her first act 'Kiss Me Kate' togs, make a beeline for the Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street, arriving just in time for her onstage cue," Parks remembered. "All this following a full day of rehearsing.

"But audiences never had a hint of her exhausting routine, and night after night her 'True to You in My Fashion' and 'Why Can't You Behave' were show stoppers."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Hunting.
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Betty Ann Grove passed away in 2015 at 86 years of age. She was born in 1929. We are unaware of information about Betty's family.

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In 1929, in the year that Betty Ann Grove was born, American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1945, when she was 16 years old, on June 22nd, the Battle of Okinawa ended. A joint Army and Marine campaign, supported by the Navy, the Battle of Okinawa went on for 82 days. The last Japanese resistance on Okinawa was defeated. 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps personnel were killed in the battle on the US side. It is estimated that 110,071 on the Japanese side were killed - the estimate includes Okinawan citizens who were pressed into service and includes children. With the win of Okinawa, the United States gained an important base of operations in the Pacific.

In 1963, at the age of 34 years old, Betty was alive when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1970, at the age of 41 years old, Betty was alive when on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

In 1997, at the age of 68 years old, Betty was alive when on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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