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Kathryn Grayson



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer
  • Actor
2002
100% That's Entertainment! III
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet That's Entertainment, Part 2
  • Actor
1976
90% 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
No Score Yet 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
75% 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

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