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Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 15, 1938
DiedAugust 29, 2016, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
SpouseBill France, Jr.
FactShe introduced the Jule Styne/Frank Loesser classic "I Don't Want To Walk Without You" which turned out to be one of her biggest hits, but it was still overshadowed by the Helen Forrest version.


William Clay “Bill” France Jr. (born April 4, 1933), is the former chairman of NASCAR. He took over the family business from his father and grandfather, both of whom had also been chairmen of NASCAR. He is credited with helping to grow NASCAR from a regional sport into a national one. He also expanded the series’ television coverage, helping to make it one of the most popular sports on television. France Jr. was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

France was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Anne Bledsoe and William Clay France. His grandfather, William Henry Getty France, founded NASCAR in 1948, and his father took over as chairman in 1972. France Jr. began working for NASCAR in the late 1950s, serving as a timing official and race starter. He became NASCAR’s vice president in 1972 and was named president in 1974. He took over as chairman after his father’s death in 1992.

Under France Jr.’s leadership, NASCAR grew into a multi-billion-dollar business. He helped to expand the series’ television coverage, making it one of the most popular sports on television. He also oversaw the construction of NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, both of which are now considered among the most iconic tracks in motorsports. France Jr. was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

France Jr. has been married twice. His first marriage was to Betty Jane Zachary, with whom he had two children, Brian and Lesa. The couple divorced in 1979. France Jr. married his second wife, Lisa, in 1982. The couple has two children, Chase and Skylar. France Jr. and Lisa currently reside in Daytona Beach, Florida.

France Jr. is the son of Anne Bledsoe and William Clay France. His grandfather, William Henry Getty France, founded NASCAR in 1948, and his father took over as chairman in 1972. France Jr. began working for NASCAR in the late 1950s, serving as a timing official and race starter. He became NASCAR’s vice president in 1972 and was named president in 1974. He took over as chairman after his father’s death in 1992.

Under France Jr.’s leadership, NASCAR grew into a multi-billion-dollar business. He helped to expand the series’ television coverage, making it one of the most popular sports on television. He also oversaw the construction of NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, both of which are now considered among the most iconic tracks in motorsports. France Jr. was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

France Jr. has been married twice. His first marriage was to Betty Jane Zachary, with whom he had two children, Brian and Lesa. The couple divorced in 1979. France Jr. married his second wife, Lisa, in 1982. The couple has two children, Chase and Skylar. France Jr. and Lisa currently reside in Daytona Beach, Florida.

General Info

Date Of BirthApril 15, 1938
DiedAugust 29, 2016, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
ProfessionPhilanthropist, Businessperson
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseBill France, Jr.
ChildrenBrian France, Lesa Kennedy
ParentsJane Boose Zachary, Marler Nick Zachary
SiblingsBrenda Kapp

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Quotes

#Quote
1[on Tim Holt, with whom she worked in Along the Rio Grande (1941)] Tim Holt was an egotistical bastard. He was really pretty bad.
2[on director James P. Hogan, for whom she worked on The Arizona Raiders (1936)] He was very, very nice, and so considerate. I was 14 at the time. I listened to him.

Facts

#Fact
1She introduced the Jule Styne/Frank Loesser classic "I Don't Want To Walk Without You" which turned out to be one of her biggest hits, but it was still overshadowed by the Helen Forrest version.

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Halfway to Heaven1944ShortThe Girl (as Betty Rhodes)
You Can't Ration Love1944Betty Hammond (as Betty Rhodes)
Mardi Gras1943ShortSuzy Brown (as Betty Rhodes)
Salute for Three1943Judy Ames (as Betty Rhodes)
Priorities on Parade1942Lee Davis (as Betty Rhodes)
Sweater Girl1942Louise Menard
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Betty Rhodes- Swing Shift Skit (as Betty Rhodes)
The Fleet's In1942Diana Golden
Mountain Moonlight1941Carol Weaver
They Met in Argentina1941Singer During Opening Credits (uncredited)
Along the Rio Grande1941Mary Loring
Millionaire Playboy1940Girl at Lodge with Tennis Racket (uncredited)
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!1940Betty - Singer of 'Oh, Johnny'
Swing Vacation1939Short
Having Wonderful Time1938Singer (uncredited)
Picketing for Love1938ShortBetty
Twenty Girls and a Band1938ShortBetty - the Band Vocalist
Stage Door1937Ann (as Jane Rhodes)
The Life of the Party1937Susan
Jungle Jim1937Joan Redmond / Mrs. Tom Redmond
The Arizona Raiders1936Lenta Lindsay (as Jane Rhodes)
Forgotten Faces1936Sally McBride (as Jane Rhodes)

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Can't Ration Love1944performer: "Louise", "Nothing Can Replace a Man", "Same Old World... Look what you did to Me"
Salute for Three1943performer: "Left-Right", "I'll Do It For You" "Danger Kissing a Stranger", "Don't Worry"
Priorities on Parade1942performer: "You're in Love with Someone Else", "I'd Love to Know You Better", "Payday"
Sweater Girl1942performer: "I Said No"
Star Spangled Rhythm1942performer: "On the Swing Shift"
The Fleet's In1942performer: "The Fleet's In" - uncredited
They Met in Argentina1941performer: "North America Meets South America" - uncredited
Along the Rio Grande1941performer: "Old Monterey Moon", "Along the Rio Grande" - uncredited
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!1940performer: "Oh!Johnny! How You Can Love"
Having Wonderful Time1938performer: "My First Impression of You" 1938, "Nighty Night" 1938
Stage Door1937performer: "A Sailboat in the Moonlight and You" - uncredited
The Life of the Party1937performer: "Chirp a Little Ditty" 1937
Hollywood Party1937Short performer: "South Sea Island Magic" - uncredited
The Arizona Raiders1936performer: "My Melancholy Baby"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Party1937ShortHerself (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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