Dixie Lee

Dixie Lee

Date Of BirthNovember 4, 1909
Age42 years 11 months 28 days
Day of BirthThursday
Place Of BirthHarriman, Tennessee, United States
Date Of Death1 November 1952
Place Of DeathLos Angeles, California, United States
Zodiac SignScorpio
Professions Singer , Actress
Birth Name Wilma Winifred Wyatt
Full Name Dixie Lee Crosby
Other Name Dixie Carroll

Personal Information
Religion Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Language English
Star SignScorpio
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height163 CM
5 Feet 4 Inches
Eye color Black
Hair color Blonde
Weight50 KG
110 lbs
Figure Type Hourglass
Body Type Slim
Family Information
Father Evan Wyatt
Mother Nora Scarborough
Sons Dennis Crosby
Gary Crosby (Actor & Singer)
Lindsay Crosby
Phillip Crosby (Actor & Singer)
Cousin Milo Ventimiglia (Second cousin, twice removed)
Grandsons Dennis Michael Crosby Jr. (Son of Dennis Crosby)
L. Chip Crosby Jr.
Patrick Anthony Crosby (Son of Dennis Crosby)
Gregory Crosby (Son of Dennis Crosby)
Brothers In-Law Larry Crosby
Bob Crosby
Edward Crosby
Granddaughters Kelly Lee Crosby (Daughter of Dennis Crosby)
Catherine Denise Crosby (Daughter of Dennis Crosby)
Denise Crosby
Erin Colleen Crosby (Daughter of Dennis Crosby)
Daughter In-Law Pat Sheehan
Sisters In-Law Mary Rose Crosby
Catherine Crosby
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husband Bing Crosby (married in 1930)
Career Information
Years Active 1929-1952
More Information
Net worth$6 Million

Biography

Dixie Lee was an American Actress, Dancer & Singer. Dixie Lee was the wife of popular singer Bing Crosby, and the mother of Crosby brothers.

She is known for her singing, radio career and movies such as Redheads on Parade(1935), Love in Bloom (1935), Manhattan Love Song (1934)

 

Childhood- Family

Dixie Lee was born as Wilma Winifred Wyatt on 4th November 1909 in Harriman, Tennessee, United States to Evan Wyatt(Father) & Nora Scarborough(Mother).

Education

  • Senn High School: She attended the public high school located in the Edgewater, North of Chicago, Illinois. writer Sidney Sheldon, NFL player Cliff Aberson, actor Donald Briggs are some of the notable alumni of the school

 

Marriage

Bing Crosby

Dixie met fellow singer and actor Bing Crosby when she was 18 years old, they married on 19th September of 1930 at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood.

Brief Separation: The couple separated after six months of their marriage in March 1931, Dixie stated that two different personalities could not live together, they had decided to remain just friends. Of this, she had stated:

We have only been married about six months, but we have already found out that we are not suited for each other. Our separation is an amiable one, and the only reason for it is that we just cannot get along. 'Bing' is a fine boy as a friend, but married he and I just cannot be happy. [1]

However within the next couple of weeks their stand had softened, Dixie confided in her friends that she wasn't angry at Bing as much as she was missing him. Bing flew in within hours after getting to know about this and the couple reunited.

The couple were troubled by alcohol in 1940s, they contemplated divorce for a while but gave up on it.

An accident: In January 1945, she was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital for what seemed to be a respiratory infection. Her husband Bing Crosby accompanied her in the ambulance and stood by her for the whole time. It was later suggested that she had had an accidental overdose of sleeping tablets. [2]

Children

The couple had fours sons- 

  • Gary Crosby (born in 1933)
  • Dennis Crosby (born in 1934)
  • Phillip Crosby (born in 1934)
  • Lindsay Crosby (born in 1938)

Dixie Lee, Husband Bing Crosby & Sons

Image: Dixie Lee, Husband Bing Crosby & Sons (Gary, Dennis, Philip, Lindsay)

Gary Evan Crosby, the oldest of the siblings, became an actor and a singer, he wrote a memoir of his childhood- "Going My Own Way" in 1983.  He died of of lung cancer in Burbank, California in 1995. He has an adopted son named Steven.

Phillip and Dennis were born twins. Phillip Lang Crosby was an actor and singer, he is known for albums "The Crosby Brothers",  "A Crosby Christmas". He married four times and had 2 daughters and three sons. He died of heart attack in 2004, at the age of 69

Dennis Michael Crosby was a singer, he married twice and had 7 children. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1991, aged 56.

Lindsay Harry Crosby was also an actor and singer, like his older brothers. He was married thrice and had five children. He died of self-inflicted gun wound in 1989.

Denise Crosby (Daughter of Dennis Crosby) is an actress and a model known for her portrayal of Security Chief Tasha Yar in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Death

Dixie Lee died on 1st November 1952 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States from Ovarian cancer. Her remains are kept at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. She was just 3 days shy of 43 at the time of her death.

Abdominal surgery: She had undergone a surgery just a few days before her death by cancer.

Facts & Trivia

  • Dixie Carroll: She entered an amateur singing contest in Chicago in 1928, it is here that she first used the stage name "Dixie Carroll". She won the contest and the prize was a paid job at a roadhouse named "College Inn". While at her job at "College Inn", she was eventually spotted by a talent scout from the traveling company named "Good News". 
  • Name Change: She changed her name for the second time (from Dixie Carroll) to Dixie Lee for the sake of the movie, so that her name won't be confused with actresses like Nancy Carroll & Sue Carol. It was the studio that gave her the name "Dixie Lee", it was one if the chracters from the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron (which was made into a movie 2 years later). [2]
  • She had become quite popular even in her younger years, at the time of her marriage, she was more popular than Bing Crosby who became a very popular singer eventually. Funnily, at the time of her marriage, Associated Press, had reported that she was marrying Mr. "Murray Crosey". [1]
  • Shell Chateau: She worked briefly in a musical radio program aired on NBC
  • Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman: A 1947 Hollywood drama was partly inspired by the life of Dixie Lee; Susan Hayward played the lead role of a nightclub singer.
  • Bing Crosby - A Pocketful of Dreams: In the biography of Bing Cosby by Gary Giddins, Dixie is portrayed as a shy, private & sensible person. Their alcohol addiction was blamed with the fights between the couple.
  • Hollywood's Ideal Mother: in 1946, she was named "Hollywood's Ideal Mother" by the Advisory Committee of the United Home Finding Service.
  • Depression & Alcohol: She was suffering from long time depression, she had sought company of alcohol which is said to have lead to family clashes.

Tennessee State Historical Marker (1F 46)

Tennessee State Historical Marker

In November 2019, the Tennessee Historical Commission and the City of Harriman, Tennessee, unveiled a Tennessee State Historical Marker (1F 46) in honor of Dixie Lee, near her birth place.

 

Career

Singing

  • You've Got Me Doing Things: A song she had recorded in 1935, it was used in the movie 'Love in Bloom'
  • My Heart Is an Open Book: Her second recording
  • Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  • When a Lady Meets a Gentleman Down South
  • A Fine Romance (1936)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (1936)

She recorded and released songs "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance" with her husband Bing Crosby.

Filmography

Movies

Year Movie Character Notes
1935 Redheads on Parade  Ginger Blair  Also as a performer in performer: "I Found A Dream"
1935 Love in Bloom Violet Downey  Also as a performer in "Got Me Doin' Things", "My Heart Is an Open Book"
1934 Manhattan Love Song Geraldine Stewart  Also performed in "A Little Shack on Fifth Avenue"
1931 Darn Tootin Singer  Short film; performed in "I Apologize"
1931 Night Life in Reno Dorothy Pierce   
1931 Young Sinners (uncredited)   
1931 Quick Millions   Dorothy Stone's Secretary  
1931 Mr. Lemon of Orange Hat Check Girl  
1931 No Limit Dotty 'Dodo' Potter   
1930 Cheer Up and Smile Margie  
1930 The Big Party Kitty Collins  
1930 Let's Go Places Dixie  
1930 Harmony at Home Rita Joyce  
1929 Happy Days Lead Dancer in 'Crazy Feet'  
1929 Why Leave Home? Billie   
1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Lead Dancer In Fashion song  
1929 Knights Out   Short
1920 Dad's Girl    

 

Quotes

  • Someday I am coming back to the beautiful hills and streams of Tennessee, which will always be home to me. [2]

Sources

  1. Dixie Lee on wikipedia
  2. Imdb bio
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