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Wini Shaw (February 25, 1907 – May 2, 1982), sometimes credited as Winifred Shaw, was an American actress, dancer and singer. Although credited with a 1910 year of birth, she was actually born in 1907 as per the Social Security Death Index under her married name Wini O'Malley(SS# 132-10-9051).

Early life

She was born as Winifred Lei Momi in San Francisco, California in 1907, the youngest of thirteen children of Hawaiian descent.

Career

Shaw began her entertainment career as a child in her parents' vaudeville act and later appeared in a number of Warner Brothers musical filmsin the 1930s. She is best remembered for introducing the song "Lullaby of Broadway" in the musical film Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935).

Shaw's only recording, (Decca 408) with Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra, was "Lullaby of Broadway" and "I'm Goin' Shoppin' with You". Both songs were from the film, and the recording was made on February 28, 1935.

She also sang "The Lady in Red" in the musical film In Caliente (1935), starring Dolores del Rio; the song was later made famous when Bugs Bunny sang it in drag.

Shaw appeared in a brief revival of the musical-theatre production of Simple Simon (1931) on Broadway in New York City, New York.[1]

Filmography

  • Cross Country Cruise (1934), uncredited
  • Gift of Gab (1934)
  • What, No Men! (1934) short film
  • I Believed in You (1934), uncredited
  • Million Dollar Ransom (1934)
  • Sweet Adeline (1934)
  • Three on a Honeymoon (1934)
  • Wake Up and Dream (1934)
  • Wild Gold (1934)
  • Broadway Hostess (1935)
  • The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
  • Front Page Woman (1935)
  • Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
  • Gypsy Sweetheart (1935)
  • In Caliente (1935)
  • Page Miss Glory (1935), uncredited)
  • The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
  • Fugitive in the Sky (1936)
  • King of the Islands (1936)
  • Romance in the Air (1936)
  • Satan Met a Lady (1936)
  • The Singing Kid (1936)
  • Sons o' Guns (1936)
  • Melody for Two (1937)
  • Ready, Willing, and Able (1937)
  • September in the Rain (1937), voice
  • Smart Blonde (1937)
  • Little Me (1938)
  • Rhumba Land (1939)

Death

She died at the age of 75 in New York City and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, a cemetery designated for people who were of the Catholic faith.

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