Kathryn Grayson

Singer, Actor, Radio performer
One of the favorite stars of screen musicals during their heyday in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Kathryn Grayson was a visually and vocally striking singer and actress who graced some of the most popular films of the ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1922 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vagabond King 1956 (Movie)

Catherine DeVaucelles (Actor)

Kiss Me Kate 1953 (Movie)

Lilli Vanessi/Katherine (Actor)

The Desert Song 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lovely to Look At 1951 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

The Kissing Bandit 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (Movie)

Kathryn Land (Actor)

Grounds for Marriage (Movie)

Ina Massine (Actor)

It Happened in Brooklyn (Movie)

Anne Fielding (Actor)

Rio Rita (Movie)

Rita Winslow (Actor)

Seven Sweethearts (Movie)

Billie Van Maaster (Actor)

Show Boat (Movie)

Magnolia Hawks (Actor)

So This Is Love? (Movie)

Grace Moore (Actor)

That Midnight Kiss (Movie)

Prudence Budell (Actor)

The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

Suzette Micheline (Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Kathryn Jones (Actor)

Till the Clouds Roll By (Movie)

Magnolia (Actor)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

Abigail Chandler (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Biography

One of the favorite stars of screen musicals during their heyday in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Kathryn Grayson was a visually and vocally striking singer and actress who graced some of the most popular films of the postwar era, including "Anchors Aweigh" (1947) and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). Blessed with a coloratura soprano from an early age, she caught the attention of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer while a teenager, and was signed to a contract without the benefit of a screen test or drama lessons. Her lack of formal training left her somewhat wanting as a screen actress, but her combination of looks and voice made her an ideal leading lady opposite some of the biggest male musical performers of the day, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Gordon MacRae, and her personal favorite, Howard Keel, with whom she co-starred in several hit films. The demise of the Hollywood musical, however, brought her screen career to an end, though she remained active on stage in plays, musicals and opera for the next five decades, while the best of her film efforts earned classic status, ensuring her screen immortality.

Relationships

Clarence Hedrick

Father

Robert Evans Producer

Companion
Dated in the late 1950s

Lillian Hedrick

Mother
Died at age 56 in December 1954

Clarence Hedrick

Brother
Older

Michael Hedrick

Brother
Born c. 1917

Johnny Johnston Actor

Husband

Patricia Johnston

Daughter
Born in October 1948 father, Johnnie Johnston

Mildred Kurstin

Sister
Born c. 1924

John Shelton Producer

Husband

EDUCATION

Chicago Civic Opera

Chicago , Illinois
Studied voice with Frances Marshall

Began studying opera as a child

Manual Arts High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1997

Featured in "A Celebration of the Glorious MGM Musicals" at NYC's Carnegie Hall

1989

Made TV appearance on "America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor"

1987

Had recurring role of Ideal Malloy on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

1987

Starred in a stage production of the British farce, "Noises Off"

1982

Played first dramatic stage role in "Night Watch"

1978

Appeared on TV in "Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena"

1962

Replaced Julie Andrews as Guinevere in the Broadway production of "Camelot"

1960

Made operatic debut in "Madame Butterfly"

1956

Co-starred in the musical film remake of "The Vagabond King"

1955

First TV appearance, "General Electric Theater" (CBS); received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the episode "Shadow on the Heart"

1953

Last film for MGM, "Kiss Me, Kate"

1951

Starred in the film adaptation of the musical, "Show Boat," opposite Ava Gardner and Howard Keel

1941

First romantic lead, "Seven Sweethearts"

1940

First film appearance was in "Andy Hardy's Private Secretary" as Andy Hardy's secretary Kathryn Land

1937

Signed to a recording contract by RCA at age 15

Studied voice at the Chicago Civic Opera

Put under contract by MGM; abandoned recording career

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources give Ms. Grayson's birth year as 1923.

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Grayson supervised the Voice and Choral Studies Program at the Idaho State University.

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