Bing Crosby. Lucas Hulsey Katrina Crawford Brandon Mistler Brad Bassett. Early Years. Bing was born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington.
Bing was born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington.
Bing had no birth certificate, and the actual date of his birth was shrouded in mystery until after his death. Even Bing's immediate family assigned at least 3 different years for his birth.
Bing had four brothers and two sisters:
Catherine (1904-72), Mary Rose (1906-90); Everett (1896-1966), Larry (1895-1975), Ted (1900-73), Bob (1913-93)
Bing met his idol when Jolson came to Spokane to sing in a production of the Broadway show Bombo.
(Jolson in photo with Bing in 1949).
“I’ve Got the Girl”
“Bluebirds and Blackbirds”
Bing Crosby “I Surrender Dear”
Bing married twice. The first marriage was to a shy actress, Dixie Lee (shown in photo), in Sept. 1930
Bing and Dixie had 4 sons:
Gary (1933-95), twins Phillip (1934-2004) and Dennis (1934-91), and Lindsay (1938-89).
Bing learned that Dixie was dying of ovarian cancer while he was in France filming "Little Boy Lost." She died Nov. 1, 1952, a week after his return home and three days before her 41st birthday.
Bing remarried in 1957. His new wife, Kathryn Grant, was an aspiring actress whom he'd met at Paramount while filming interior scenes for the movie "Little Boy Lost" in February 1953.
Kathryn and Bing had 3 kids:
Harry (1958), Mary Frances (1959) and Nathaniel (1961).