Farewell To A Legend…

Hollywood is bidding farewell to another of our beloved legends.  Kathryn Grayson died in her sleep Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at age 88. 

Grayson’s youthful ambition was to sing opera, but she wasn’t able to accomplish that dream until after her movie career ended. While still a teenager, she was placed under contract at MGM at a time when the studio was assembling a stable of musical talent that would dominate the era of great musicals.

She played the title role in Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary and sang Strauss’s Voices of Spring. Mayer was convinced that he had a future star.  She was cast in three minor films, including a musical with Abbot and Costello, then played Gene Kelly’s girlfriend in a wartime revue that included major MGM stars, Thousands Cheer.

Anchors Aweigh, a 1945 hit with Kelly and Frank Sinatra, confirmed her star status. Her bell-like soprano made her the ideal co-star with Hollywood’s full-voiced male singers in operettas and other musicals. She starred in Showboat and Kiss Me Kate with Howard Keel, two with Mario Lanza, one with Gordon MacRae.

Other musicals included Two Sisters from Boston, Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, That Midnight Kiss, The Toast of New Orleans, Lovely to Look At, The Desert Song and So This Is Love.

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One Response to “Farewell To A Legend…”

  1. Jeff Herzfeld Says:

    Had chance to meet her on 3 different occasions.Very sweet lady,and a great artist.Was a thrill to talk with her-very sad at her passing

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