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Mitzi Gaynor: If Only Those Legs Could Talk

Updated on July 22, 2012

I bet you thought you were going to see Betty Grable? Great legs, I agree, but, for me it has always been Mitzi Gaynor film star, dancer, singer and ageless beauty. Did I mention those legs?

I saw her in Dallas in the 80's when she was in her 50's and she still had that sex appeal and body that I remembered from her earlier films. She was and is just so cute and cuddle-some! That is the way she appeared in her films and you wanted to just take her in your arms and squeeze her. What a gorgeous figure that woman had!

She was born Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber on September 4, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. Wow! What a handle. No wonder she changed her name. Her measurements were once reported to be 36-21-36. She was cast in mostly musicals because of her dancing skills and hosted several musical specials on television in her 30's and 40's, but, she is mostly remembered for her role in the musical South Pacific in 1958.

Mitzi is also well remembered for her contributions to a couple of Academy Award shows especially at the 39th Oscar evening where she sang and danced to a standing ovation that went on for some time.

Ready for a peek at those million dollar legs? Just click on your right. This is from one of her appearances on television in her 40's. As you will see, she still had it. Not the best singer in the world, but, then who is listening?

Mitzi could also be a serious actress as embodied in 1957's The Joker is Wild with Frank Sinatra. Sinatra played the real life Joe E. Lewis, legendary nightclub comic in the 20's and Mitzi was his girlfriend in the chorus who attempted to keep this depression filled entertainer on the straight and narrow.

Mitzi Gaynor just never appears to grow old. She continued to tour into her sixties performing to sold out audiences all over the U.S. and Canada.

Mitzi was married to Jack Bean for 52 years until his death in 2006.

Mitzi Gaynor is now 80 years young and living in California. She is active in civic affairs and is president of The Professional Dancers Society.


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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I appreciate the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

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      teammakesthedream 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      A great story. I learned so much new stuff

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks for stopping by, jeharr. I am just guessing, but, believe she was in her late 40's in that video. Charming lady.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Good to hear from one of my faithful out there making life better for the hungry.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks for stopping by, ytsenoh. Yes, she was a very upbeat person. They say to just "keep moving".

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      jeharr 5 years ago

      Another great short story. I really have little interest in your subject until I start reading and find myself intrigued. The video really brought this one to life.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      As always, another great hub on one of the greats! Keep up the good work. I enjoy your work.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I remember Mitzi Gaynor. You're right, she was cute and she looks great at her age. She must have a superb attitude. Thanks for this enlightening hub.