Fannye Rose "Dinah" Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality, who lent her musical voice to two Disney films to Make Mine Music, where she sang the title song to the short, Two Silhouettes, and Fun and Fancy Free, where she narrated and performed the songs to the short, Bongo.
She was born as Fannye Rose Shore to Russian-Jewish immigrant shopkeepers. When Fannye was eighteen months old, she was stricken with polio, she survived but suffered a but sustained a deformed foot and limp. Fannye loved to sing as a small child; her mother, a contralto with operatic aspirations, encouraged her. Her father often took her to his store, where she would perform impromptu songs for the customers. Pursuing her education, Shore enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where she participated in many events and activities. She graduated from the university in 1938 with a degree in sociology but decided to continue singing and auditioned for many orchestras and radio stations before signing a recording contract with RCA Victor Records in 1940.
Becoming the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success, Shore had a string of 80 charted popular hits which include "Blues in the Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", "I'll Walk Alone", "My Heart Cries for You", "Sweet Violets", "Buttons and Bows", "Changing Partners", "If I Give My Heart to You", and a rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Buddy Clark.
Shore also had a film and television career spanning four decades. Her film appearances include Thank Your Lucky Stars, Follow the Boys, Till the Clouds Roll By, Up in Arms, Belle of the Yukon, and Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick. Aside from host her own television shows and specials, she appeared as a guest on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, Here's Lucy, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Carol Burnett Show, Alice, and Murder, She Wrote.
She died 5 days before her 78th birthday.