Fast Facts

  • Began singing at the age of 3 and performed with her two-year-old sister at her grandfather's political rallies in Maysville, Ky.
  • Moved to Cincinnati to live with her maternal grandparents at the age of 13.
  • Rose to fame with the 1951 hit "Come On-a My House," which she disliked, but was told she would be fired if she didn't record.
  • Made her film debut in 1953 musical The Stars are Singing.
  • A friend of Robert F. Kennedy, she was at the Ambassador Hotel when the senator was assassinated in 1968.
  • Was nominated for an Emmy in 1994 for appearing on ER, which starred nephew George Clooney, as an Alzheimer's patient.
  • Son Gabriel is married to singer Debby Boone.


  • 1957, Emmy — Best Female Personality- Continuing Performance: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Female Singer: Nominee


  • Dante DiPaolo — Husband
  • Rafael Ferrer — Son
  • Betty Clooney — Sister
  • Monsita Teresa Botwick — Daughter
  • Andrew Clooney — Father
  • Marie Clooney — Mother
  • George Clooney — Nephew
  • Maria Murdoch — Daughter
  • Miguel Ferrer — Son
  • Gabriel Ferrer — Son
  • Nick Clooney — Brother
  • José Ferrer — Ex-husband

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  • Birth Place: Maysville, KY
  • Died: June 29, 2002
  • Profession: Singer, actor

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