FEBRUARY 25, 1907


Born Winifred Lei Momi in San Francisco to parents of Hawaiian and Irish descent, she started her show career as a child in her parents’ vaudeville act.  In 1931, she was featured in “The Ziegfield Follies of 1931.” She performed “Lullaby of Broadway” in Busby Berkeley’s film “Gold Diggers of 1933.”  After uncredited roles in “Cross Country Cruise” and “Gift of Gab,” she signed with Warner Brothers Studios and appeared in over 20 films, beginning with “In Caliente” (1935), in which she performed the song “The Lady in Red.”  In 1936, she appeared in “The Case of the Velvet Claws,” “Fugitive in the Sky,” “Satan Met a Lady,” “The Singing Kid,” and “Sons O’ Guns.”  In 1937 her films included “Ready, Willing, and Able” and “Smart Blonde.”  In 1939, she left Hollywood and, during World War II, toured with Jack Benny’s and Ed Wynn’s USO troupes.  Following the war, she performed as a headline singer in night clubs and Broadway, retiring in 1955.  She died in New York City May 2, 1982.

Sources:  "Wini Shaw," The New York Times, 5/7/1982.  Retrieved 12/29/2019, https://www.nytimes.com/1982/05/07/obituaries/wini-shaw.html "Wini Shaw," Find a Grave.  Retrieved 12/29/2019, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8333
Photo:  Trailer from “Smart Blonde,” 1937.  Public domain in the United States.  Published in the United States between 1924 and 1977 without a copyright notice. Public Domain elsewhere where copyright term is author’s life plus 100 years or less.

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