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.. Hepburn's niece is actress Katharine Houghton, whom appeared with her in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and Hepburn's grand-niece is actress, Schuyler Grant. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. Hepburn's professional legacy is today carried on within her family. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. A more lighthearted (though oddly accurate) portrayal of the older Hepburn was performed by comedian Martin Short on SCTV and Saturday Night Live. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. Most recently she has been portrayed by Cate Blanchett in a 2004 movie about the life of Howard Hughes — The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. She was 96. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. She died on June 29, 2003 at 2:50 p.m., at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She has one daughter. Her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, was published in 1991. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Hepburn had previously married and divorced Ludlow Ogden Smith and also had relationships with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. Though they were together until Tracy's death in 1967, the couple never married - reportedly because Tracy, a devout Catholic, would not divorce his wife. She and Tracy made a total of nine films together including Adam's Rib and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. In Woman of the Year (1942), she made her first appearance opposite Spencer Tracy, launching one of Hollywood's most famous romances. In 1932 her screen-test for RKO gained her a role in the George Cukor film A Bill of Divorcement (1932), opposite John Barrymore.

Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut and was educated at Bryn Mawr College; she received her degree in 1928 and debuted on Broadway that same year in Night Hostess. She was nominated for twelve Best Actress Academy Awards, more than any other actress, and was awarded a record four. Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003) was a notable American film and stage actress. An Uncommon Woman: Katharine Hepburn (http://home.nyc.rr.com/alweisel/premierekatharinehepburn.htm).

IMDb filmography (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000031/). The Making of the African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1987. Me, Stories of My Life, Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1991. The West Side Waltz - 1981.

A Matter of Gravity - 1976. Coco - 1969. Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night - 1960, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre. The Merchant of Venice; Much Ado About Nothing - 1957, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre.

The Merchant of Venice; Measure for Measure; The Taming of the Shrew - 1955, On tour in Australia with the Old Vic. The Millionairess - 1952. As You Like It - 1950. Without Love - 1942.

The Philadelphia Story - 1939. Jane Eyre - 1937. The Lake - 1933. The Warrior's Husband - 1932.

Art and Mrs. Bottle - 1930. These Days - 1928.

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