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Rosemary Clooney, Too Marvelous for Words

Published: 6/30/2012
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On the 10th anniversary of Rosemary Clooney's death, Linnea Crowther takes a look back at the first of the talented Clooney clan to rocket to stardom. (AP Photo / Bob Galbraith)

Rosemary Clooney's first and biggest hit was a song she couldn't stand.

When Clooney's bandleader, Mitch Miller, gave her "Come On-a My House" to record, she said she didn't like it and preferred not to sing it. But Miller was determined – he said she would record the song or be fired. Clooney gave in. Years later, she reflected that she could hear the anger in her voice when she listened to the recording.

"Come On-a My House" wasn't the only song Clooney would record in an exaggerated dialect. Fans of Mad Men might recognize her hit from the following year, "Botch-a-Me."

Clooney was more than an acclaimed singer – she was also an award-winning actress. As her recording career was heating up, she starred along with Bing Crosby in White Christmas.

Clooney had a great relationship with her famous nephew, George Clooney, with whom she once appeared on a memorable two-episode arc of ER. She won an Emmy for her performance, and younger viewers were introduced to their heartthrob's very talented aunt.

Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.

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