Sheree North

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Dawn Shirley Crang Bethel (January 17, 1932 – November 4, 2005), better known as Sheree North, was an American film and television actress, dancer, and occasional singer. She is probably best-known for being Twentieth Century-Fox's girl-next-door alternative to Marilyn Monroe during the 1950s. She starred in films such as: How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) and The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956), before the studio lost interest in her and released her in 1958. As her leading film career faltered, North went on to appear on Broadway, on television, and have supporting roles in both A-movies and B-movies. She died during surgery complications in November 2005. North was either born as Dawn Shirley Bethel in Los Angeles, California, on January 17, 1932, the daughter of June Shoard and Richard Crang, her stepfather was Edward Bethel, thereupon she became known as Dawn Shirley Bethel. She began dancing in USO shows during World War II at age ten. At 15, she married Fred Bessire; she had a child at 16. She continued dancing in clubs under the stage name Shirley Mae Bessire. North made her film debut as one of the many club members in Excuse My Dust (1951).
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