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May 21, 2021

40 Gorgeous Photos of a Young Kathryn Grayson in the 1940s

Born 1922 as Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, American actress and coloratura soprano Kathryn Grayson trained as an opera singer from the age of twelve. 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, Grayson 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.

Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles in 2010 at the age of 88. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of a young Kathryn Grayson in the 1940s.


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