Miss Bing

Singer Rosemary Clooney was dubbed “Miss Bing” for her easy, nonchalant manner of working and singing, a style which resembled the smooth singing quality of male vocalist, Bing Crosby.


Rosemary Clooney was the featured singer on the musical program SONGS FOR SALE/CBS/1950-52 and starred in the variety series THE LUX SHOW STARRING ROSEMARY CLOONEY/NBC/1957-58.

In the 1980s, Clooney was the commercial spokesperson for Coronet Tissues where she sang the jingle, “Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coronet.”


In the fall of 1994, Rosemary did a cameo as Madame X, a mysterious singing mentally ill woman on episode # 4 “Going Home” on the NBC medical drama ER where her real-life nephew, George Clooney played the role of Dr. Doug Ross.

The Madame X character was revealed to be Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh on episode # 12 “The Gift.” Her performances won Clooney a nomination in the “Guest Actress” category at the 47th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards.

Born on May 23, 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, Rosenary Clooney died from lung cancer on June 29, 2002 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. She was 74. Clooney was buried in her hometown at St. Patrick’s Cemetery near her mother and grandmother.

Note: Through the magic of television, Rosemary Clooney returns to us once a year to share her beautiful voice as singer Betty Haynes in the perennial holiday classic movie “White Christmas” (1954) costarring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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