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Famous People With Lung Cancer - Rosemary Clooney

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Updated June 15, 2010

Famous People With Lung Cancer - Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney

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America's "girl singer" Rosemary Clooney is next on our list of famous people with lung cancer.

Rosemary Clooney came from humble roots. Left by her mother with an alcoholic father, he subsequently abandoned Rosemary and her sister as well. Facing poverty, the duo won a contest and began singing on the radio. After recording "Come on-a My House," she was instantly launched into stardom. Her role starring with Bing Crosby in "White Christmas" brings her back into many of our homes each holiday season.

But life was not easy for Rosemary Clooney. She had her first manic attack, a manifestation of bipolar disorder, on stage in 1968, following the assassination of her friend Robert Kennedy. Later in her life, she published the book "This For Remembrance," in which she talked about her illness. (Compare Prices)

In January of 2002, Clooney, a long-time smoker, underwent a lobectomy for lung cancer. She passed away from a recurrence on June 29, 2002 at the age of 74 in her Beverly Hills home.

To Rosemary Clooney, despite the trials of her life, singing was joy: "I'll keep working as long as I live because singing has taken on the feeling of joy that I had when I started, when my only responsibility was to sing."

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