Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. She has one daughter.

The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1955 for her performance as a blind girl in General Electric Theater's Shadow On The Heart.


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She was nominated for an Emmy in 1955 for her performance as a blind girl in General Electric Theater's Shadow On The Heart.. She soon focused her main energies on the stage, however, and returned to the screen only occasionally. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her turn as a cynical photographer in The Philadelphia Story. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. She quickly became a leading lady in MGM's "B" unit, usually playing sophisticated, worldly roles. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. She obtained some stage roles with touring companies and was noticed by MGM, which signed her and with whom she made her film debut in 1937.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. She journeyed to New York City, where she was signed as a model by the world-famous Powers agency. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. Ruth Carol Hussey was born October 30 1914 A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama, Ruth Hussey's first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. She has one daughter. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick.

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