Friday, February 19, 2010

Kathryn Grayson (February 9, 1922 – February 17,2010.)

Kathryn Grayson, was an American actress and operatic soprano singer. Trained as an opera singer from the age of twelve, Grayson was contracted to MGM and established a career in films from the early 1940s. Most of her films were musicals and after several supporting roles, she was given lead roles in such films as Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). She was paired with Howard Keel and Mario Lanza in some of her films.

Fun Fact: Telegraph (news paper.)
Legend has it that, as a child, she wandered on stage after the show at the St Louis Municipal Opera House and sang just for the janitor. In the empty auditorium, a torrent of one-man applause greeted the performance. Only when it was time to say goodbye did she realise that he was stone deaf and hadn't heard a note.
My favorite Kathryn Grayson performance was in the films: Anchors Aweigh (1945), Lovely to Look At(1952) and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946). She will be greatly missed.

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