Wini Shaw

Wini Shaw (February 25, 1907 May 2, 1982), sometimes credited as Winifred Shaw, was an American actress, dancer and singer.

Wini Shaw
Screenshot from the trailer for the film Smart Blonde (1937).
Winifred Lei Momi

(1907-02-25)February 25, 1907
DiedMay 2, 1982(1982-05-02) (aged 75)
Other namesWinifred Shaw; Wini O'Malley; Winifred O'Malley
OccupationActress, dancer, singer
Years active19341939
Spouse(s)Leo Cummins (divorced); 3 children
William O Malley (1955-1982; her death)

Early life

She was born as Winifred Lei Momi in San Francisco, California, in 1907, the youngest of thirteen children of Hawaiian descent.[1]

Although credited with a 1910 year of birth, she was actually born in 1907 as per the Social Security Death Index under her married name Wini O'Malley.


Shaw began her entertainment career as a child in her parents' vaudeville act and later appeared in a number of Warner Brothers musical films in the 1930s. She is best remembered for introducing the song "Lullaby of Broadway" in the musical film Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935).[2]

Shaw's only recording, (Decca 408) with Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra, was "Lullaby of Broadway" and "I'm Goin' Shoppin' with You". Both songs were from the film, and the recording was made on February 28, 1935.

She also sang "The Lady in Red" in the musical film In Caliente (1935) starring Dolores del Rio; the song was later made famous when Bugs Bunny sang it in drag.[2]

Shaw appeared in a brief revival of the musical-theatre production of Simple Simon (1931) on Broadway in New York City.[3]



She died at the age of 75 in New York City and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, a cemetery designated for people who were of the Catholic faith.[4]


  1. "Wini Shaw - Oxford Reference". doi:10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100500179. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  2. "Wini Shaw". The New York Times. 1982-05-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. Database (undated). "Wini Shaw" profile at IBDb. Accessed January 26, 2010.
  4. Database (undated). "Wini Shaw" at Find a Grave. Accessed January 26, 2010.
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