Monday, July 01, 2002


Through the years with
Rosemary Clooney

        1928: Born May 23 to Andrew and Frances Clooney, Maysville, Ky.

        1945: Rosemary, 17, and Betty, 14, audition at WLW-AM in Cincinnati and get their first job for $20 each a week.

        1946: Rosemary makes first solo recording, “I'm Sorry I Didn't Say I'm Sorry When I Made You Cry Last Night.”

        1947: Rosemary and Betty tour as vocalists with Tony Pastor's band.

        1949: Betty leaves the act; Rosemary heads to New York.

        1950: Rosemary appears on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, signs with Columbia Records, and becomes a regular with Tony Bennett on CBS' Songs for Sale.

        1951: “Come On-a My House” sells 1 million copies and hits No. 1; meets future husband, actor Jose Ferrer.

        1952: “Half As Much” hits No. 1.

        1953: Maysville honors Rosemary with a parade for her movie debut in The Stars Are Singing; appears on cover of Time magazine (Feb. 23); marries Mr. Ferrer in Durant, Okla. (July 13).

        1954: “Hey There” and “This Ole House” hit No. 1 back-to-back; stars in White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.

        1955: “Mambo Italiano” hits No. 1; gives birth to first of five children (Miguel) in five years.

        1956: Debuts a weekly syndicated TV series, The Rosemary Clooney Show, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra; gives birth to Maria.

        1957: Moves to NBC for a weekly TV series, The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney, for one season; gives birth to Gabriel.

        1958: Teresa born.

        1960: Receives first Grammy nomination for best female vocal album (Clap Hands, Here Comes Rosie); gives birth to Rafael.

        1961: Divorce and reconciliation with Mr. Ferrer.

        1962: Sings at a political party for President John F. Kennedy and strikes up friendship with his family.

        1967: Divorces Mr. Ferrer.

        1968: After Robert Kennedy's assassination, she suffers a nervous breakdown and goes into Mount Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles.

        1973: Reconnects with Dante DiPaolo, whom she had dated in 1953 before marrying Mr. Ferrer.

        1974: Begins her comeback on Cincinnati's Nick Clooney Show, hosted by her brother; appears with Bing Crosby at a benefit.

        1975: Performs with Mr. Crosby on his last major tour before his death in 1977.

        1976: Sister Betty dies.

        1977: Signs with the Concord Jazz label, making 24 albums in 21 years; writes her first autobiography, This for Remembrance.

        1982: CBS airs Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story, starring Sondra Locke, a TV movie based on her autobiography.

        1990: Presented an achievement award at the inaugural Cincinnati Broadcast Hall of Fame induction.

        1991: Makes Carnegie Hall debut.

        1993: Grammy nomination for Girl Singer album.

        1994: Appears in two episodes of nephew George Clooney's new ER drama as an Alzheimer's patient, earning an Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama; also gets a Grammy nomination for Do You Miss New York?

        1995: A&E marks her 50th anniversary in show business with a 90-minute special.

        1996: Grammy nomination for her Demi-Centennial! album.

        1997: Marries Dante DiPaolo, her partner since 1973, in Maysville on Nov. 7; Grammy nomination for her Dedicated to Nelson (Riddle) album.

        1998: Spends three days in a coma with a near-fatal bout of viral meningitis; Grammy nomination for her Mothers and Daughters album.

        1999: Publishes her second autobiography, Girl Singer: An Autobiography; awarded the first Michael W. Bany Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Cammy Awards; honored by Maysville with the first Rosemary Clooney Music Festival; issues her 1956 Blue Rose album with Duke Ellington on CD.

        2000: Stars in national July 4 PBS telecast from Riverbend with Doc Severinsen, Danny Glover, Tom Wopat and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

        2001: Named one of 12 inaugural inductees of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley; profiled by A&E Biography.

        2002: Receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Has surgery to remove cancer from her left lung at the Mayo Clinic in January and is released from the hospital in May. Dies June 29 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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