Kay Thompson

Actor, Singer, Author
This angular, stylish and acerbic actress and singer also wrote some of the most beloved children's books of the mid-20th Century. Kay Thompson came a long way from St. Louis by the early 1930s, when she was an ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1902 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 (Movie)

Gregory (Actor)

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Face 1957 (Movie)

Maggie Prescott (Actor)

The Kid From Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (2)

Eloise in Paris 2014 (Movie)

(from children's book series: "Eloise") (Source Material)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Music (1)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

This angular, stylish and acerbic actress and singer also wrote some of the most beloved children's books of the mid-20th Century. Kay Thompson came a long way from St. Louis by the early 1930s, when she was an accomplished pianist and singer on the radio and in nightclubs. She had her own CBS show in 1935, and made her Broadway debut in 1937's "Hooray for What!" with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E Y 'Yip' Harburg. Although she suffered the devastating experience of being fired from the musical, Thompson bounced back by landing a spot at MGM as a musical arranger and vocal coach to such stars as Lena Horne and Judy Garland. By the late 40s, she was again popular on the nightclub and concert circuit.

Relationships

Marion Fink

Sister

Jack Jenney

Husband
married in the 1930s divorced

Liza Minnelli Actor

Goddaughter

William Spier

Husband
divorced

EDUCATION

Washington University

St Louis , Missouri

Milestones

1969

Final film, "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"

1957

Co-starred in the film "Funny Face"

1955

Published "Kay Thompson's Eloise"

1948

Sang at New York's Le Directoire

1947

Sang with the Williams Brothers in nightclubs

1943

Hired as vocal coach and arranger by MGM

1937

Briefly appeared in Broadway show "Hooray for What!"

1937

Film debut, "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round"

1928

Was pianist with the St Louis Symphony

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