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Betty Jane Phillips

Also Known As: "B. J. Baker", "Betty Jane Rase"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States
Death: Died in Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Buddy Baker
Ex-wife of Bernard Kessel and Mickey Rooney
Mother of <private> Yule and Timothy Hayes Rooney

Occupation: Singer
Managed by: Private User
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Immediate Family

    • husband
    • ex-husband
    • ex-husband
    • <private> Yule
      child
    • <private> von Kessel
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Kessel
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Rooney
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Rooney
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Rooney
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Rooney
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Rooney
      ex-husband's child

About Betty Jane Phillips

Betty Jane Phillips, known professionally as B.J. Baker, was the second wife of actor Mickey Rooney. She won the title of Miss Alabama in 1944 at the age of 17 as Betty Jane Rase and was 4th runner up in the 1944 Miss American pageant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._J._Baker

"On Hollywood studio turf, she is to background vocalists what Carol Kaye is to bass players and Hal Blaine is to drummers. She was the Queen. In fact it was Blaine who dubbed her 'Diamond Lil'. A child prodigy who played classical piano, sang opera and studied Latin, she became a jazz and pop singer, fronting bands and singing on her own radio show at age 14. She became Miss Alabama (as Betty Jane Rase), turned down contracts from David O. Selznick, Paramount and 20th Century Fox and married then-reigning #1 box office king, Mickey Rooney, when she was 17. She was Rooney's second wife after actress Ava Gardner, and subsequently married Buddy Baker. She received many honors during her lifetime. She and BK met while she was recording with Elvis for 'Flaming Star' and he was down the hall, producing a jazz session for a film soundtrack."

From http://www.spectropop.com/remembers/BKobit.htm

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Betty Jane Phillips's Timeline

1927
May 6, 1927
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States
1947
January 4, 1947
Age 19
Birmingham, AL, USA
2002
April 2, 2002
Age 74
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
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