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 3 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 4 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 So...
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World 3-D Film Expo III to unveil rare vintage films and classics
LATimes - over 4 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 5 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 sh...
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TV Junkie: New #SOA Promo; The Diceman Hits the Roxy; Podcast Roundup - LAist
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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
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    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.
  • 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."
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 40
    Her casting in The Merry Widow led to her replacing Julie Andrews in 1962 as Queen Guinevere in Camelot.
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  • 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.
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    While on loan to Warner Bros., her first musical release was The Desert Song, May 1953, alongside Gordon MacRae.
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    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.
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    She was released to the Warner Brothers studio in January 1953, with the stipulation that she return to MGM for one more film.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Age 29
    On October 3, 1951, Grayson was granted a divorce from Johnston on the grounds of mental cruelty.
    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.
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    Grayson replaced June Allyson as the role of Ina Massine in 1951's Grounds for Marriage.
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  • 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".
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  • 1949
    Age 27
    After the setbacks of Brooklyn and Bandit, Grayson was partnered with tenor Mario Lanza in That Midnight Kiss in 1949.
  • 1947
    Age 25
    Grayson wed singer/actor Johnnie Johnston on August 22, 1947 in Carmel, California.
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    MGM re-paired Grayson and Sinatra for two movies in 1947 and 1948, It Happened in Brooklyn and The Kissing Bandit.
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  • 1946
    Age 24
    They divorced on June 17, 1946.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 20
    It was announced in 1942 that Grayson would appear in An American Symphony with Judy Garland.
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    She appeared in three films in 1942: The Vanishing Virginian, Rio Rita and Seven Sweethearts.
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  • 1941
    Age 19
    Shelton and Grayson eloped to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were married on July 11, 1941.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 1940
    Age 18
    In 1940, an MGM talent scout saw Grayson performing at a music festival.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    Born on February 9, 1922.
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