Dinah Shore ended her talk shows by blowing a big kiss to the audience: “Mwah!”
And when the cameras turned off, the Southern charmer reveled in love. “She was a romantic all her life,” Michael B. Druxman, author of Miss Dinah Shore, tells Closer. “She was a flirt, and she liked guys.”
Dinah on The Dinah Shore Show. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But they didn’t always treat her so lovingly. As fans mark Dinah’s 100th birthday, a clearer picture of the heartaches she suffered is emerging. From two failed marriages to romances with icons like Burt Reynolds and Frank Sinatra, she never achieved lasting happiness. “Love is so hard to find,” she said. “You must cherish it at any level.”
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Dinah learned to overcome hardships at an early age. Born Frances Rose Shore — she
took her first name from a hit song — in Winchester, Tenn., she grew up fighting prejudice (she was Jewish and falsely rumored to be black) as well as polio. “Her mother was a strong-willed woman,” Druxman says. “She wouldn’t let Dinah feel sorry for herself.”
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