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|Also Known As:||Mary Willie Grace Moore||Died:||January 25, 2047|
|Born:||December 5, 1901||Cause of Death:||plane crash|
|Birth Place:||Jellico, Tennessee, USA||Profession:||singer, actor|
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MrFab ( 2006-05-03 )
Source: Opera News Autobiography YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN ONCE. GRACE MOORE AND HER MANY WORLDS by Rowena Farrar
Grace Moore was one of the most popular celebrities of the 1930's and 40's. Born in Del Rio Tennessee she loved to sing and studied opera at the urging of her aunt Laura Stokely. Sent to boarding school she ran away to New York city and became a cabaret singer while she studied music. Musical theater soon loved her but she wanted more. Grace was not an instant success but eventually became a star at the Met. Sound had recently come to film and MGM brought her out to Hollywood. After 2 films her contract was cancelled. Columbia picked her up and with her first role she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1934. She starred in movies with Cary Grant, Melvyn Douglas, Tullio Carminati, Franchot Tone, Lyle Talbot and many others. She was directed by Robert Riskin, Victor Schertzinger and Josef von Sternberg to name a few. Flo Ziegfeld named her one of the worlds 10 most beautiful women. She was adored by millions. Although she had once been fired by Irving Thalberg of MGM she was the person that was asked to sing at his funeral. Grace Moore died tragically in a 1947 plane crash in Copenhagen. She had 3 funerals in Paris, Chattanooga and New York City.
MrFab ( 2007-05-27 )
Source: You're Only Human Once by Grace Moore
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1934 for the film "One Night of Love"
MrFab ( 2008-11-21 )
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Attracted to Hollywood in the early years of "talking pictures," Moore's first screen role was as Jenny Lind in the 1930 film A Lady's Morals, produced for MGM by Irving Thalberg and directed by Sidney Franklin. Later that same year she starred with the Metropolitan Opera singer Lawrence Tibbett in the first screen version of Sigmund Romberg's operetta The New Moon, also produced by MGM. After a hiatus of several years, Moore returned to Hollywood under contract to Columbia Pictures, for whom she made six films. In the 1934 film One Night of Love, her first film for Columbia, she portrayed a small-town girl who aspires to sing opera. For that role she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1935. She played similar roles in several other films. A memorable highlight of When You're in Love (1937) was a comic scene in which Moore donned flannel shirt and trousers and joined a 5-man band for a flamboyant rendition of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," complete with gestures and "hi-de-ho's", but with the lyrics slightly altered to conform with Hollywood sensibilities. Also, she performed the popular Madama Butterfly duet "Vogliatemi Bene" with American tenor Frank Forest in the 1937 film I'll Take Romance. The last film that Moore made was Louise (1938), an abridged version of Gustave Charpentier's opera of the same name, with spoken dialog in place of some of the original opera's music.
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