Gale Robbins

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Gale Robbins
Gale Robbins circa 1941.jpg
Circa 1941
Born Betty Gale Robbins
(1921-05-07)May 7, 1921
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 18, 1980(1980-02-18) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
lung cancer
Occupation actress, singer
Years active 1944–66
Spouse(s) Robert Olson (1944-68) (his death) 2 children

Gale Robbins (born Betty Gale Robbins, May 7, 1921[1] - February 18, 1980) was an American actress and singer.[2]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Robbins graduated from high school in June 1939 and began her career with the Phil Levant band in 1940. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Olson, in November 1944 when he was in the Air Force.

Starting as a model and nightclub singer she made her film debut in In the Meantime, Darling in 1944. She appeared in several films, such as Calamity Jane and My Dear Secretary, and briefly sang parts of two songs in The Barkleys of Broadway, playing Shirlene May, the potential understudy to Ginger Rogers' character. Robbins also entertained at many military bases with a troupe led by Bob Hope.

She later focused on TV, hosting Hollywood House from 1949 to 1950. She released the album I'm a Dreamer, backed by Eddie Cano and his orchestra, in 1958. She made three guest appearances on The Bob Cummings Show between 1955-1958. Gale appeared on The Untouchables, in the episode "The Antidote." She also had roles in such popular series as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip and Mister Ed.

Robbins died of lung cancer at the age of 58.[3]


  1. ^ "California Death Records". The California Department of Health Services Office of Health Information and Research vital Statistics Section, as held on Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Gale Robbins". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Gale Robbins, Actress, Singer and Pin-Up Girl". The New York Times. 1980-02-22. pp. D15. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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