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Show Boat DVD ... Come one, come all to the Show Boat show!From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

That Midnight... The muscular tenor of Mario Lanza combines with the bright coloratura of Kathryn... more info $24.98was $24.98 Buy Now

Ziegfeld... It's hard to pack so many stars into one musical, but somehow "Ziegfeld Follies"... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Anchors Aweigh... Given free reign in choreographing Anchors Aweigh, Gene Kelly was eager to do... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

Till The... Songwriter Jerome Kern recalls his career on the opening night of his "Show... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

So This Is... Forget her string of Brodawy successes. Forget even the flowers-and-candlelight... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick Died: February 17, 2010
Born: February 9, 1922 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Profession: Cast ... singer actor radio performer
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One of the favorite stars of screen musicals during their heyday in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Kathryn Grayson was a visually and vocally striking singer and actress who graced some of the most popular films of the postwar era, including "Anchors Aweigh" (1947) and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). Blessed with a coloratura soprano from an early age, she caught the attention of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer while a teenager, and was signed to a contract without the benefit of a screen test or drama lessons. Her lack of formal training left her somewhat wanting as a screen actress, but her combination of looks and voice made her an ideal leading lady opposite some of the biggest male musical performers of the day, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Gordon MacRae, and her personal favorite, Howard Keel, with whom she co-starred in several hit films. The demise of the Hollywood musical, however, brought her screen career to an end, though she remained active on stage in plays, musicals and opera for the next five decades, while the best of her film efforts earned classic status, ensuring her screen immortality.

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