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Kathryn Grayson is a Actor American born on 9 february 1922 at Winston-Salem (USA)

Kathryn Grayson

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Birth name Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick
Nationality USA
Birth 9 february 1922 at Winston-Salem (USA)
Death 17 february 2010 (at 88 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

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

From the age of twelve, Grayson trained as an opera singer. She was under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by the early 1940s, soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals. After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Thousands Cheer (1943), Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953), both with Howard Keel.

When film musical production declined, she worked in theatre, appearing in Camelot (1962–1964). Later in the decade she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata.


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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

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Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(8 films)
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
(7 films)
Gene Kelly
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(6 films)
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(7 films)
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Filmography of Kathryn Grayson (25 films)

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The Vagabond King, 1h26
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Rita Moreno, Cedric Hardwicke, Walter Hampden, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Lord
Roles Catherine de Vaucelles
Rating55% 2.775122.775122.775122.775122.77512
In fifteenth century France, the irreverent beggar François Villon (tenor Oreste Kirkop) is crowned "king for a day" by King Louis XI (Walter Hampden). He patriotically rallies his fellow beggars to fight when Paris is invaded by the Burgundians. Kathryn Grayson stars as the high-born heroine, and Rita Moreno as the lusty low-born wench, whose love for Villon eventually costs her life.
The Desert Song, 1h50
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas, Operetta films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Raymond Massey, Steve Cochran, Dick Wesson, William Conrad
Roles Margot Birabeau
Rating62% 3.1491253.1491253.1491253.1491253.149125
The original plot is more-or-less adhered to, with some significant alterations. Benny is depicted as a comic Bob Hope-like coward, but not as a sissy. El Khobar's alter ego is that of a mild-mannered (but not squeamish) Latin tutor and anthropologist, whom Birabeau (Ray Collins) hires to keep Margot (Kathryn Grayson) from flirting with his regiment.
Kiss Me Kate, 1h49
Directed by George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore
Roles Lilli Vanessi / Katherine "Kate"
Rating71% 3.59713.59713.59713.59713.5971
Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, a divorced couple, meet at Fred's apartment to hear the score for the Cole Porter (Ron Randell) musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew". Lois Lane, who is to play Bianca, arrives and sings "Too Darn Hot". Lilli almost decides against performing in the show, as she fears it might interfere with her honeymoon. But when she overhears Cole and Fred promising Lois the part, she decides to play Katherine after all.
Lovely to Look At, 1h41
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Ann Miller
Roles Stephanie
Rating63% 3.198153.198153.198153.198153.19815
Tony Naylor, Al Marsh and Jerry Ralby are looking for backers for their new Broadway show. They have just run out of options when Al gets a letter from his Aunt's attorneys and finds he is a part-owner of a dress salon in Paris. Thinking to sell his share, he, Jerry, and Tony fly to Paris, only to find the shop is almost bankrupt. There they also find Stephanie and Clarisse, who own the other shares of the business. Tony is able to convince the anxious creditors to back a fashion show, hoping to put the shop back on top. As the plot progresses, Tony is torn between his growing affection for Stephanie and his desire to finance his show. Meanwhile, Jerry falls for Clarisse, and Al has a crush on Stephanie. Eventually, Al goes for Bubbles, who has followed the boys from New York.
Show Boat
Show Boat (1951)
, 1h47
Directed by George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion
Roles Magnolia Hawks
Rating69% 3.496353.496353.496353.496353.49635
The basic plot remains the same as in the stage play and the 1936 film version. When the Cotton Blossom, Cap'n Andy Hawks's show boat, arrives in a Mississippi town to give a performance, a fistfight breaks out between leading man Steve Baker (Robert Sterling), and Pete (Leif Erickson), the boat's engineer who has been making passes at Steve's wife, leading lady Julie La Verne (Ava Gardner). But Cap'n Andy (Joe E. Brown) pretends to the assembled crowd that the two were really previewing a scene from one of the boat's melodramas. But Pete knows a dark secret about Julie, and he runs off to tell the local sheriff.
Grounds for Marriage, 1h30
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical
Themes Films about marriage
Actors Van Johnson, Kathryn Grayson, Paula Raymond, Barry Sullivan, Reginald Owen, Lewis Stone
Roles Ina Massine
Rating60% 3.010253.010253.010253.010253.01025
Ina Massine is an opera diva who divorced throat specialist Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett three years ago. Nowadays, she regrets this decision and attempts to win back his affection. Lincoln, however, is engaged to Agnes Oglethorpe Young, the beautiful young daughter of his mentor Dr. Carleton Radwin Young. Nevertheless, Ina is determined to reconcile with Lincoln and grabs every chance on seducing him. Lincoln remains loyal to his fiancée, though, and soon grows irritated by Ina's attempts to impress him. On night of the premiere of her latest opera La Bohème, Ina is bothered with a sore throat and calls Dr. Young. Lincoln, who is replacing Dr. Young that night, suspects that Ina is faking. However, when he examines her, he diagnoses a tropic disease she had possibly got in South America.
The Toast of New Orleans, 1h37
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, David Niven, Richard Hageman, Rita Moreno, Clinton Sundberg, J. Carrol Naish
Roles Suzette Micheline
Rating62% 3.148973.148973.148973.148973.14897
Set in Louisiana in 1905, the plot revolves around Pepe Abellard Duvalle, a bayou fisherman with a natural singing talent, who falls in love with opera star soprano Suzette Micheline (Grayson). Micheline's manager (Niven) hears Duvalle sing and invites him to come to New Orleans to sing. Reluctantly, Duvalle allows himself to be groomed for the opera. At first resistant to his advances, Micheline also falls in love with Duvalle, but is disenchanted by his transformation into a cultured gentleman. Ultimately Duvalle regains his former rough charm and the romantic difficulties are resolved.
That Midnight Kiss, 1h36
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Ethel Barrymore, José Iturbi, Keenan Wynn, J. Carrol Naish, Jules Munshin
Roles Prudence Budell
Rating66% 3.342973.342973.342973.342973.34297
In Philadelphia, Abigail Trent Budell (Ethel Barrymore), a wealthy resident of Philadelphia and patron of the arts, supports her soprano granddaughter Prudence Budell (Kathryn Grayson) just returning from Europe after five years of training. Her grandmother sponsors an opera company run by the famous maestro Jose Iturbi (himself) to give her chance to lead an opera. They hire the also famous tenor Guido Russino Betelli (Thomas Gomez), but Prudence does not feel comfortable with him on the stage. After Prudence accidentally sees an American-Italian truck driver Johnny Donnetti (Mario Lanza) singing opera, she is instrumental in bringing Johnny to public attention by insisting that he replace the opera troupe's defecting star tenor.
The Kissing Bandit, 1h40
Directed by László Benedek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance, Western
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish, Mildred Natwick, Mikhail Rasumny, Billy Gilbert
Roles Teresa
Rating50% 2.5180252.5180252.5180252.5180252.518025
The film is set in the early nineteenth century. Ricardo (Frank Sinatra) is the son of a robber known as the Kissing Bandit. He however is a shy, Boston-bred young man who does not know how to sit on a horse. He falls for the daughter of the Spanish Governor of California.
It Happened in Brooklyn, 1h44
Directed by Richard Whorf
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, Gloria Grahame, Aubrey Mather
Roles Anne Fielding
Rating65% 3.2954153.2954153.2954153.2954153.295415
A post-World War II feel-good movie, It Happened in Brooklyn begins in England at the end of the war. Danny Miller (Sinatra) is with a group of GIs awaiting transportation home to the US. On his last night there, he meets Jamie Shellgrove (Lawford), who is a very shy young man whose father feels should be taken under someone's wing. After observing Miller come to his son's aid at the piano, he asks Danny to speak with his son, to give him "some words of encouragement". In order to look good in front of the nurse (Gloria Grahame), he agrees, even going so far as to saying what would really fix Jamie up would be for him to come to Brooklyn. As he rushes out to catch his transport to the docks for the voyage home, Danny discovers that Jamie is really the heir to a duke. Upon Danny's return to Brooklyn, the film revolves around characters realizing their dreams of escaping working-class drudgery: in Sinatra's case to become a singer/musician rather than a shipping clerk, in Lawford's case to break out of his extreme shyness to gain a wife and a career as a songwriter, and in Grayson's case to break out of her schoolteaching job to star in the opera (although this last is not shown coming to pass, but she presumably lives happily ever after as she is brought to England as the fiancée of the Lawford character, who is heir to a dukedom). The film's tagline was "Happy songs! Happy stars! Happy romance!". Lawford dances while singing a song, a performance that was particularly well received by both critics and public, outshining future fellow Rat Pack member Sinatra. One highlight of the film is seeing and hearing Sinatra and Grayson singing "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's 1787 opera Don Giovanni.