Kathryn Grayson

Actor + Opera Singer
Born Feb 9, 1922

Kathryn Grayson was an American actress and operatic soprano singer. From the age of twelve, Grayson trained as an opera singer. She was under contract to MGM by the early 1940s, soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals. After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Thousands Cheer (1943), Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953).… Read More

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  • 'kiss Me Kate,' 'the Band Wagon' And 'calamity Jane' Are Out On Blu Ray
    LATimes - Mar 07, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Oct 05, 2013
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    LATimes - Sep 05, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Oct 23, 2012


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1922 Birth Born on February 9, 1922.


1940 18 Years Old In 1940, an MGM talent scout saw Grayson performing at a music festival. … Read More
However, the studio executives were not satisfied, and she went through a further six months of lessons until she made her first film appearance in 1941's Andy Hardy's Private Secretary as the character's secretary Kathryn Land. … Read More


1942 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in three films in 1942: The Vanishing Virginian, Rio Rita and Seven Sweethearts. … Read More
1946 24 Years Old They divorced on June 17, 1946.
1947 25 Years Old 1 More Event
MGM re-paired Grayson and Sinatra for two movies in 1947 and 1948, It Happened in Brooklyn and The Kissing Bandit. … Read More
1949 27 Years Old After the setbacks of Brooklyn and Bandit, Grayson was partnered with tenor Mario Lanza in That Midnight Kiss in 1949.
1950 28 Years Old In 1950, Grayson was once again partnered with Lanza, and portrayed an opera singer in The Toast of New Orleans, and performed the Academy-Award-nominated song "Be My Love". … Read More
Grayson replaced June Allyson as the role of Ina Massine in 1951's Grounds for Marriage. … Read More


1952 30 Years Old Grayson teamed again with Keel in the 1952 Technicolor musical Lovely to Look At, a remake of the 1935 Astaire and Rogers film Roberta.
She was released to the Warner Brothers studio in January 1953, with the stipulation that she return to MGM for one more film.


1962 40 Years Old Her casting in The Merry Widow led to her replacing Julie Andrews in 1962 as Queen Guinevere in Camelot. … Read More


1999 77 Years Old Johnston's This Time for Keeps co-star, Esther Williams, claimed in her 1999 autobiography that while making the film, Johnston would read Grayson's intimate letters aloud to the girls in his fan club, including the "all-too-graphic details concerning what she liked about his love-making." … Read More
2010 88 Years Old According to her secretary, Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, aged 88.
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