|Dixie Lee Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||November 4, 1909|
|Date of Death||November 1, 1952|
Dixie Lee was an American actor, dancer, and singer who was the first wife of singer Bing Crosby. Her filmography consists of The Big Party, Harmony at Home, Let’s Go Places, Why Leave Home?, Love in Bloom, Redheads on Parade, Cheer Up and Smile, Happy Days, Night Life in Reno, No Limit, Mr. Lemon of Orange, Quick Millions, Darn Tootin, Manhattan Love Song, and Young Sinners.
Wilma Winifred Wyatt
Dixie Lee, Dixie Carroll
She was born on November 4, 1909.
On November 1, 1952, Dixie Lee died from ovarian cancer at the age of 42 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, United States
Harriman, Roanne County, Tennessee, United States
Dixie Lee graduated from Senn High School, a public 4-year high school located in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois.
Actor, Dancer, Singer
- Father – Evan Wyatt
- Mother – Nora Scarborough
- Others – Harry Lowe Crosby (Father-In-Law) (Bookkeeper), Catherine Helen (Mother-In-Law), Laurence Earl (Brother-In-Law), Everett Nathaniel (Brother-In-Law), Edward John (Brother-In-Law), George Robert (Brother-In-Law), Catherine Cordelia (Sister-In-Law), Mary Rose (Sister-In-Law), Denise Crosby (Granddaughter) (Actor, Model)
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
50 kg or 110 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Dixie Lee had dated –
- Bing Crosby – She was 20 years old when she met singer and actor Bing Crosby. The duo later got married on September 29, 1930, at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. Their married life started getting problematic early on and on March 4, 1931, Dixie announced that the couple had separated and that she would soon be filing a divorce suit charging mental cruelty. She also said, “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.” However, they reconciled within a week. They had 4 sons – Gary Evan Crosby (June 27, 1933 – August 24, 1995), twins Phillip Lang Crosby (July 13, 1934 – January 13, 2004) and Dennis Michael Crosby (July 13, 1934 – May 4, 1991), and Lindsay Harry Crosby (January 5, 1938 – December 11, 1989).
Race / Ethnicity
Dixie Lee Facts
- She mentioned her birth date as November 4, 1911, when she entered show business.
- Dixie Lee decided to take the professional name “Dixie Carroll” to enter an amateur singing contest in May 1928. She subsequently won the contest and was awarded a job as a singer at a roadhouse called College Inn.
- It was while working at College Inn that she was discovered by a talent scout and was given a part in the traveling company of Good News.
- After she was offered a film contract, Winfield Sheehan of the Fox film studio changed her name to “Dixie Lee” in order to avoid confusion with actors Nancy Carroll and Sue Carol.
- Dixie Lee’s final film role was playing Ginger Blair in the 1935 musical film Redheads on Parade.
- In 1946, she was named “Hollywood’s Ideal Mother” by the Advisory Committee of the United Home Finding Service.
- The 1947 drama film Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (also called A Woman Destroyed) is loosely based on her life.
- The Tennessee Historical Commission and the City of Harriman, Tennessee, unveiled a Tennessee State Historical Marker (1F 46) on November 8, 2019, near Dixie’s birthplace in the Walnut Hill section of downtown Harriman.
Featured Image by Street & Smith New York / Picture Play Magazine / Public Domain