Dinah Shore was one of the top recording artists of the 1940s, with hits like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” before starting a new career in the 1970s as a talk show host who prized conversation over confrontation. After a childhood bout of polio, Shore was pushed by her mother to exercise and recover her health, which led her into cheerleading and dance. When she graduated Vanderbilt University in 1938, she travelled to New York and found jobs singing on the radio, appearing on Eddie Cantor’s radio show for the first time in 1940, the same year her recording of “Yes, My Darling Daughter” sold half a million copies—a combination that launched her career. She hosted radio musical variety shows and made seventy-five hit recordings, and acted in six movies before switching to television, where she hosted the Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show. In 1962, after her divorce, she retired to spend more time with her children, but returned to television in 1970 with a variety show called Dinah before beginning her afternoon talk show, Dinah’s Place, in 1974. In her career, Shore won nine Emmys, a Peabody, and a Golden Globe.
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