Kathryn Grayson
Actor, opera singer
Kathryn Grayson
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).
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'Kiss Me Kate,' 'The Band Wagon' and 'Calamity Jane' are out on Blu-ray
LATimes - almost 2 years
Three great musicals from 1953 have just made their Blu-ray debuts — "Kiss Me Kate," "The Band Wagon" and "Calamity Jane." Warner Home Entertainment is offering the newly restored "Kiss Me Kate," starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller and a young Bob Fosse, in its original...
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Impossible Dreams
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While it's possible that those who aspire to less enjoy life more, I have no doubt that every generation of humanity has had its ass kicked by reality. Nature, of course, is one of the biggest villains (with powers that can truly shock and awe). The irony, of course, is that the more chances one has to get an education, the more likely one is to embrace lofty ideals which can easily be transformed into impossible dreams. Given a choice between a society ennobled by a code of chivalry or laid low by bubonic plague, which result should be the more obvious outcome? Can hope and charity eliminate cynicism? Or is it better to heed the wise words of the Mikado, who told his luncheon guests that "I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances." I've always been fascinated by how composers and lyricists attempt to communicate the sounds and emotions of optimism. Two American composers (Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Son ...
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World 3-D Film Expo III to unveil rare vintage films and classics
LATimes - over 3 years
The expo at the Egyptian Theatre will feature the oldest surviving 3-D film and movies from the format's heyday in the 1950s. The World 3-D Film Expo III, which opens Friday and continues through Sept. 15 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, has lined up some of the well-known classics of the format's heyday 60 years ago, including 1953's "House of Wax" with Vincent Price, the 1953 musical "Kiss Me Kate" with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller, and 1954's "Creature From the Black Lagoon" with Julie Adams and the Gill-man.
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PHOTOS: Epic LA Party House Drama
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's a party house of epic proportions. The only problem is, it's not on the Sunset Strip or Hollywood Boulevard. It's in a residential beach-adjacent neighborhood of Santa Monica, Calif. And the affluent neighbors living next to what's been dubbed the "House of Rock" have had enough. They say that the massive parties have clogged the streets with catering trucks, Hummers and vans and that they've even seen naked partiers sleeping in their cars in the wee hours of the morning, ABC reports. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS OF THE HOUSE OF ROCK. In response, the Santa Monica City Council will consider Tuesday evening an emergency ordinance that would prohibit homeowners from hosting more than 150 people at one time for the purpose of selling a home. It's worded that way because the owner of the home, high-end developer Elaine Culotti, admitted that she was hosting events there as a way of generating publicity for the estate, which she plans to sell soon. Culotti said that she ...
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TV Junkie: New #SOA Promo; The Diceman Hits the Roxy; Podcast Roundup - LAist
Google News - over 5 years
8:30pm Kiss Me Kate TCM - (1953) Lilli (Kathryn Grayson) and Fred (Howard Keel) act the same way offstage as they do in "The Taming of the Shrew." 10:00pm POV PBS SoCal/KOCE - Armadillo Danish soldiers fight the Taliban in southern Afghanistan
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Morning Call Sheet: Video Music Awards, Irene, More 'Scarface' and Why ... - Big Hollywood
Google News - over 5 years
Dir: George Sidney Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel. C-108 mins, TV-G, CC. Something I love and have always loved about home video is the opportunity to watch certain films again and again but for a different reason each time;
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Television movies for the week of Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Kathryn Grayson. A US comic who owns half of a Paris salon arrives with buddies and meets two women who own the other half. (NR) (2:00) TCM: Tue. 12:30 PM (CC) • Love's Kitchen '11. Claire Forlani. A recently widowed chef buys a restaurant and finds
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Those were the days, clear and simple - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
Altogether an improvement on Anchors Aweigh (Friday, 10.25pm, TCM), an earlier Kelly vehicle with Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson, in which Kelly dances with the animated mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoons. It was the first film to combine
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A LOVELY LINEAGE Comes To The Arthur Newman Theatre 9/4 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
In A Lovely Lineage, Kristin Towers-Rowles pays homage to her grandmother, the late Kathryn Grayson, an MGM star during Hollywood's Golden Era (Showboat, Kiss Me Kate, Anchors Away); her grandfather, Johnnie Johnston, a Tony-nominated
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SWEENEY TODD's Sarah Rice Makes New Hope Debut, 9/2 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... Helen Kane (the original boop-a-doop girl, prototype of Betty Boop) through Hollywood's Golden Years, which featured singing personalities like Doloris Del Rio, Kathryn Grayson, Jeannette Mac Donald and more. With special guest star Frank Basile,
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Napa stars in 'Kiss Me Kate' brighten Santa Rosa's Railroad Square - Napa Valley Register
Google News - over 5 years
Porter's biggest hit — and his last major work — “Kiss Me Kate” was first performed on the stage in 1948, then turned into a movie starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in 1953. The movie is what I remember, but this production returns to the
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DVD Extra: John Garfield at the Warner Archive, Part 1 - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Today's WAC releases include a pair of 1942 Kathryn Grayson vehicles directed by the great Frank Borzage: "The Vanishing Virginian'' with Frank Morgan and "Seven Sweethearts,'' co-starring Van Heflin. Also new are remastered DVD editions of Roy
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A Night At The Opera (On The Silver Screen) - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
The late Kathryn Grayson plays a young woman desperate to become an opera singer. She leaves her snobbish Boston family and, to pay for her singing lessons, gets a job in a seedy New York nightclub run by Jimmy Durante. Grayson's efforts to break into
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Choosing love altered starlet's career - Salisbury Post
Google News - over 5 years
... signed Suzanne to a long-term contract in the early 1940s and pledged, with her singing and dancing talents, to groom her into a leading lady for the studio's grand-scale musicals, along the likes of Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson
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A night of nostalgia - Ontario Argus Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Selections from Donizetti, Scarlatti and Don Flotow will be presented in the program along with familiar works made famous by Kathryn Grayson, Debbie Reynolds, and many other stars of the 1950's. Hatvani and Arriero have a deep, profound love for music
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Hatvani and Arriero present 'A night of nostalgia' - Ontario Argus Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Ontario — The musical selections will highlight nostalgia, memories long forgotten from the early 1950s and earlier, made famous by performers like Kathryn Grayson and Debbie Reynolds. “We will perform pieces by Franz Liszt,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kathryn Grayson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 88
    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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  • 1999
    Age 77
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Though she never married again, Grayson was frequently seen in the late 1950s with Robert Evans.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 40
    Her casting in The Merry Widow led to her replacing Julie Andrews in 1962 as Queen Guinevere in Camelot.
    More Details Hide Details She then continued the role for over sixteen months in the national tour of the United States before leaving for health reasons. Grayson had a lifelong dream of being an opera star, and she appeared in a number of operas in the 1960s, such as La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata. Her dramatic and comedy stage roles included Night Watch, Noises Off, Love Letters and Something's Afoot as Dottie Otterling. Grayson trained from the age of twelve as an opera singer. While appearing in her film roles, Grayson also performed on the radio. Grayson performed on concert tours throughout the 1950s. In May 1951, Grayson had to postpone a concert tour due to being unknowingly cast in Lovely to Look At. "My concert bookings were all set. So when I read in New York that I was to do this film, I said 'How silly!', then boom! The next day I got my studio telegram asking me to return for the picture!"
  • 1953
    Age 31
    In 1953, Grayson optioned the story It's Greek to Me, written by Helen Deutsch, to be accompanied by a score from Cole Porter.
    More Details Hide Details The story was a mythical love story about Hercules and Hippolyte, and Grayson hoped to be reunited with Howard Keel and take the show on the road, however, the project fell apart.
    While on loan to Warner Bros., her first musical release was The Desert Song, May 1953, alongside Gordon MacRae.
    More Details Hide Details She was asked to perform La Bohème at the Central City Opera House in Central City, Colorado, but due to her filming obligations for The Desert Song, she had to turn it down. Warner Bros. starred her in a second musical that year, So This Is Love. Grayson appeared on television occasionally, having guest starred in the CBS anthology series, General Electric Theater in the episode, Shadow on the Heart, with John Ericson, and on Playhouse 90 in the title role of the "Lone Woman", with Raymond Burr and Scott Brady in the historical roles of the brothers Charles and William Bent, respectively. In the 1980s, Grayson guest starred in three episodes of CBS's Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury. Grayson appeared on stage in numerous productions including Show Boat, Rosalinda, Kiss Me, Kate, Naughty Marietta, and The Merry Widow, for which she was nominated for Chicago's Sarah Siddons Award.
    She returned to co-star for a third time with Howard Keel in her most acclaimed role, as Lilli Vanessi/Katharina in Kiss Me Kate, released in November 1953.
    More Details Hide Details The film was lavishly produced (the only musical to be filmed in 3-D), with songs by Cole Porter, choreography by Hermes Pan, and musical direction by André Previn. Grayson's double role allowed her to display many moods, from feisty to gentle to humorous.
    She was released to the Warner Brothers studio in January 1953, with the stipulation that she return to MGM for one more film.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 30
    Grayson teamed again with Keel in the 1952 Technicolor musical Lovely to Look At, a remake of the 1935 Astaire and Rogers film Roberta.
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  • 1951
    Age 29
    On October 3, 1951, Grayson was granted a divorce from Johnston on the grounds of mental cruelty.
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    Grayson was next cast as Magnolia Hawks in the 1951 remake of the 1927 Hammerstein and Kern musical, Show Boat, alongside Howard Keel and Judy Garland, however, Garland dropped out of production, and the role went to Ava Gardner.
    More Details Hide Details Show Boat was the third-highest-grossing film of 1951, earning over $5.533 million.
    Grayson replaced June Allyson as the role of Ina Massine in 1951's Grounds for Marriage.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed an opera singer with laryngitis, alongside Van Johnson who played her doctor and love interest. This was also her first non-singing role at MGM. Grayson's musical performances do appear in the film, but in the form of recordings.
  • 1950
    Age 28
    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".
    More Details Hide Details While shooting the Madama Butterfly scene in the film, Lanza kept attempting to french kiss Grayson, which Grayson claimed was made even worse by the fact that Lanza would constantly eat garlic before shooting. Grayson went to costume designer Helen Rose and she sewed pieces of brass into Grayson's gloves. Any time Lanza attempted to french kiss her after that, she hit him with the brass-filled glove. For the premiere of the film, Grayson traveled to New Orleans, and was a guest at an auction selling the film's costumes.
  • 1949
    Age 27
    After the setbacks of Brooklyn and Bandit, Grayson was partnered with tenor Mario Lanza in That Midnight Kiss in 1949.
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  • 1947
    Age 25
    Grayson wed singer/actor Johnnie Johnston on August 22, 1947 in Carmel, California.
    More Details Hide Details On October 7, 1948, Grayson's only child, daughter Patricia "Patty Kate" Kathryn Johnston was born. Patricia married Robert Towers and had two children, Jordan Towers and Kristin Towers Rowles. Jordan became the lead singer of the band SomeKindaWonderful, and is the father of Jasmine Towers and Teddy Towers. Kristin became a musical actress and director, and is the mother of Ryanna Rowles, Makayla Rowles and Amelya Rowles. Grayson and Johnston separated on November 15, 1950.
    MGM re-paired Grayson and Sinatra for two movies in 1947 and 1948, It Happened in Brooklyn and The Kissing Bandit.
    More Details Hide Details Both films performed poorly at the box office, and audiences thought the plots absurd.
  • 1946
    Age 24
    They divorced on June 17, 1946.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 20
    It was announced in 1942 that Grayson would appear in An American Symphony with Judy Garland.
    More Details Hide Details Garland was replaced by June Allyson, and the film was retitled as "Two Sisters from Boston" and released in 1946. Grayson did not appear in any films for nearly two years (from 1943 to 1945), but instead worked at entertaining troops during the war and performing on radio programs. She returned to films in Anchors Aweigh, a musical romantic-comedy set in Los Angeles and co-starring Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Anchors Aweigh was the fifth-highest grossing film of 1945, earning over $4.779 million. This was followed by Two Sisters from Boston and guest appearances in Ziegfeld Follies and Till the Clouds Roll By. Grayson's performance in Till the Clouds Roll By included "Make Believe" in a capsule version of the musical Show Boat, which would be remade five years later, with Grayson in the starring role.
    She appeared in three films in 1942: The Vanishing Virginian, Rio Rita and Seven Sweethearts.
    More Details Hide Details In the first, Grayson plays the teenage daughter, Rebecca, of the eccentric Yancey family from Lynchburg, Virginia. Set in 1913, the film was based on Rebecca Yancey Williams's own family. Grayson co-starred in Rio Rita with Abbott and Costello. Grayson portrayed the title character, Rita Winslow. The film was originally meant to be an adaptation of the 1927 Broadway musical, however, only two songs were retained for the film, the title song, and "The Ranger Song," which was performed by Grayson. Co-starring Van Heflin, Seven Sweethearts cast Grayson as the youngest of seven daughters from Holland, Michigan, who is hired by reporter-photographer Heflin to serve as a model and secretary while he covers the town's tulip festival, and with whom he falls in love. In 1943, Grayson appeared in the film Thousands Cheer, (originally titled Private Miss Jones), along with Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Eleanor Powell, June Allyson and others. The film was intended as a morale booster for American troops and their families. Grayson starred as the singing daughter of an Army commander.
  • 1941
    Age 19
    Shelton and Grayson eloped to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were married on July 11, 1941.
    More Details Hide Details The two had courted for 18 months, after meeting while making screen tests. In July 1942, Shelton moved out of their Brentwood home and into his own apartment. This came after a month of reconciliation after a judge dismissed their divorce suit. Grayson charged Shelton with mental cruelty.
    Two further films were planned for Grayson in 1941; White House Girl, which was later made in 1948 with Durbin, and Very Warm for May, from the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Ann Sothern was also slated to appear, however, this fell through as well. The film eventually was made in 1944 as Broadway Rhythm.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, she takes part in three musical numbers.
  • 1940
    Age 18
    In 1940, an MGM talent scout saw Grayson performing at a music festival.
    More Details Hide Details Metro hoped to find a replacement for Deanna Durbin, who left the studio for Universal Pictures. For the next 18 months, Grayson went through voice lessons, drama coaching, diction, diets and exercise. Within a year, Grayson had her first screen test.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    Born on February 9, 1922.
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