Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% That's Entertainment, Part 2 (1976)
  • Birthday: Feb 9, 1922
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Ever on the lookout for the "new Deanna Durbin", MGM talent scouts discovered coloratura soprano Kathryn Grayson while she was the teenaged vocalist on Eddie Cantor's radio program. Grayson's first film was the 1940 MGM programmer Andy Hardy's Private Secretary, in which she was given the opportunity to sing "Lucia" and "Voices of Spring." Her first leading role was as the title character in MGM's 1942 remake of Rio Rita; years after the fact, Grayson would remember the kindnesses and helpfulness of her co-stars, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Grayson herself leaned towards "diva" behavior the more popular she became, but audiences were less interested in backstage intrigues and more interested in the end result of such films as Anchors Aweigh (1943), The Kissing Bandit (1948), and The Toast of New Orleans (1950). In many of her best films, notably Showboat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953, in which her curvaceous figure was delightfully emphasized in form-fitting Elizabethan garb), Grayson was teamed with baritone Howard Keel, with whom she would later appear in nightclubs and tour in summer stock. Kathryn Grayson made her last film in 1956; she returned before the cameras in the 1980s on (where else?) Murder She Wrote, and died in February 2010, around a week after her 88th birthday.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer Actor 2002
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
60% That's Entertainment, Part 2 Actor 1976
91% Kiss Me Kate Lilli Vanessi/Katherine 1953
No Score Yet So This Is Love Grace Moore 1953
No Score Yet The Desert Song Actor 1953
No Score Yet Lovely to Look At Stephanie 1952
89% Show Boat Magnolia Hawks 1951
No Score Yet The Toast of New Orleans Suzette Micheline 1950
No Score Yet That Midnight Kiss Prudence Budell 1949
No Score Yet The Kissing Bandit Teresa 1948
83% It Happened in Brooklyn Anne Fielding 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Magnolia Hawks/Herself 1947
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Abigail Chandler 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Herself 1946
62% Anchors Aweigh Susan Abbott 1945
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Kathryn Jones 1943
No Score Yet Seven Sweethearts Billie Van Maaster 1942
No Score Yet Rio Rita Rita Winslow 1942
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Private Secretary Kathryn Land 1941
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever Bit Part 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Idal Malloy Ideal Molloy Local Gossip
  • 1989
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Kathryn Grayson CHARACTERS

Gaylord Revenal
It's just temporary.
Magnolia Hawks
Everything can be temporary. So long as it isn't us.