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Name: Rosemary Clooney  
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Date of Birth: 29th June 1928
Place of Birth: Maysville, Kentucky
Profession: Singer
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Rosemary Clooney on the cover of her 2000 collection 16 Biggest Hits

Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress.

She was born in Maysville, Kentucky, about 60 miles up the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio to Andrew Joseph Clooney and Frances Marie Guilfoyle, both of whom were of Irish descent (Rosemary's paternal great-grandparents, Nicholas Clooney and Bridget Byron, were born in Ireland), although Clooney's paternal grandmother, Crescentia Koch, was German. Her father was an alcoholic and she and her brother and sister were constantly moving back and forth between her parents. Eventually, when Rosemary was 13, she and her sister Betty went to live with their mother and her brother Nick went with their father.

Rosemary, Betty, and brother, Nick, as well as her nephew, George Clooney (Nick's son), all became entertainers. In 1945 the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati's radio station WLW as singers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of her early career.

Clooney's first recordings, in May of 1946 were for Columbia Records as a singer with the big band of Tony Pastor. She continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, still for Columbia. In 1951 her record of "Come On-a My House" became a hit, her first of many singles to hit the charts.

In 1954 she, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, starred in the movie White Christmas.

In 1958, Clooney left Columbia, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and then some for Coral Records. Finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963 except for doing some recordings in 1960 for Reprise Records. In 1964 she went to Reprise again, shifting the next year to Dot Records. In 1966 she went to United Artists Records. In 1986 she sang a duet with Wild Man Fischer on "It's a Hard Business".

In 1968, Clooney was present at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, with whom she was a close friend. The event traumatized her life for years afterward. She had a nervous breakdown and serious drug problems. Many attribute some of Clooney’s extraordinary abilities to her being affected by bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression.

Rosemary Clooney was married twice, once to José Ferrer (from 1953 until 1961) by whom she had five children, including actor Miguel Ferrer, born in 1955, and Gabriel Ferrer, born 1956, who married Debby Boone, and once to Dante DePaolo (whom she married in 1997).

Best-known songs

  • Come On-A My House
  • Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) (However, the best-known version of this song was recorded by Eddie Fisher.)
  • From This Moment On
  • Half as Much
  • Hey There
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Blue Skies
  • You're Just In Love
  • Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  • Tenderly
  • This Ole House
  • You'll Never Know (This song was also recorded, in better-known versions, by Dick Haymes and Frank Sinatra.)
  • You Make Me Feel So Young

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