Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday, February 16, 1934

Walked to school this a.m. with Pauline. Last night I stayed for the try-outs. Didn't get in it, though.

Jane Froman (November 10, 1907 – April 22, 1980)
American actress and singer
Known for her beautiful contralto vocals

Born in University City, Missouri, Froman overcame obstacles such as stuttering
and a debilitating plane crash to become one of the most beloved entertainers of
her time. Throughout her 30-year career , the singer/actress performed on stage, radio
and television. She earn4ed three separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 1952 film, With a Song in My Heart (starring one of my favorites, Susan
Hayward as Froman) is based on her life. Froman supplied Hayward’s singing voice and
served as the film's technical advisor. The Capitol album of songs from the movie was the
number one best-selling album of 1952 and remained in the catalogue for many years.

Froman retired to Columbia, Missouri in 1961 where she married an old college friend, Rowland
Hawes Smith (June 22, 1962 – April 22, 1980). She continued the volunteer work for which
she was known throughout her career. In 1980, she died of cardiac arrest caused by chronic
heart and lung disease. She is buried in the Columbia Cemetery.

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