Sunday, June 29, 2003

Ohio Moments

Rosemary Clooney got her start in Queen City

On June 29, 2002, Rosemary Clooney - who grew up in Cincinnati and became one of America's beloved singers and movie stars - died in Los Angeles, age 74.

Clooney was born in Maysville, Ky. But as youngsters, she and her sister, Betty, and brother, Nick, lived on Elberon and Mount Hope avenues in Price Hill, as well as in Avondale, Newtown and several other Cincinnati-area locations. Rosemary attended four local high schools, including Hughes and Withrow.

While she and Betty were at Western Hills High, they were part of the school's "Bandwagon" revue. When Rosemary was 16 and a sophomore at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in the West End, Betty, 13, arranged an audition at WLW-AM, where they sang "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Walkin' By the River." They worked for WLW until September 1946, when they joined the Tony Pastor Orchestra.

Rebecca Goodman

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