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Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson in The Toast of New Orleans trailer.jpg
from trailer for The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick

(1922-02-09)February 9, 1922
Died February 17, 2010(2010-02-17) (aged 88)
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1941-2004
Spouse(s) John Shelton
(m. 1941-1946; divorced)
Johnny Johnston
(m. 1947-1951; divorced)
Children Patricia Kathryn (born 1948)

Kathryn Grayson (February 9, 1922 - February 17, 2010) was an American actress and operatic soprano singer.

Grayson trained as an opera singer starting at age 12. She was under contract to MGM by the early 1940s. Most of her work was in musicals. She was the lead in movies such as Thousands Cheer (1943), Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly,Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953) (both with Howard Keel).

Musicals stopped being popular. She then worked in theatre. She was in Camelot (1962–1964). Later in the decade she was in several operas, including La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata.

Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, aged 88.

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