Andrews Sisters, The
Andrews Sisters, Theall born in Minneapolis, Minn. Of Norwegian-Greek parentage, they formed a harmony trio in 1932, won some local amateur contests, and gained national attention with their recording of "; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" (1937). They performed on radio with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s and had another big hit with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (1940). They appeared as themselves in numerous movies including Buck Privates (1941), Swingtime Johnny (1943), and Hollywood Canteen (1944). After a brief retirement in the mid-1950s, they performed in nightclubs until Laverne's death (1967). Maxine and Patti returned in the early 1970s (with a stand-in for their sister) in a musical, Over Here, designed to evoke their earlier appeal.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.