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Kathryn Grayson


Born - 9 February 1922, Winston-Salem, N Carolina, USA
Died - 17 February 2010

Dark-haired, apple-cheeked, bow-lipped, petite musical star with hour-glass figure and soaring coloratura voice. MGM signed the drop-dead-gorgeous Grayson (born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick) at 18, sidetracking her from a budding operatic career, and kept her on for 12 years. She debuted as Mickey Rooney's girlfriend in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941), but shot to stardom in Anchors Aweigh (1945). She made two films with Mario Lanza - their voices dovetailed perfectly - but did her best work later, most notably in Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953), both opposite Howard Keel, with whom, no longer with the svelte figure of MGM days, she later toured nightclubs. Her last cinema film was The Vagabond King in 1956. Her two marriages, to actor John Shelton and actor-crooner Johnnie Johnston, both ended in divorce.