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.. Married four times with three children, Hutton as of 2004 lives in Palm Springs. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. However, after regaining control of her life, she went on to teach acting. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. Afterwards, Hutton had trouble with alcohol abuse, eventually attempting suicide, and had a nervous breakdown. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. In 1967, she was signed for starring roles in Paramount westerns, but was fired shortly after the projects began.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. Hutton worked in radio and toured in nightclubs, then appeared ontelevision through the 1960s. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. Her status as a Hollywood star ended during contract disagreements with Paramount. She has one daughter. In 1942, she signed with Capitol Records, one of the first artists to do so, but was unhappy with their management, and signed with RCA. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. She made 14 films in 11 years during the 1940s and 1950s.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. When DeSylva became a producer at Paramount Studios, Hutton acquired a starting role in Let's Face It in 1943. DeSylva. In 1939 she appeared in several muscial shorts, and appeared on Broadway in Panama Hattie and Two for the Show, produced by B.G. A few years later, she was scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez, who gave Hutton her entre into entertainment.

As a teenager, she sang in several local bands, and at one point visited New York hoping to perform in Broadway, where she was rejected. Related troubles with the police kept the family on the move; eventually they moved to Detroit. Raised by a single mother, Hutton (along with her sister, Marion Hutton) started singing in the family's speakeasy at age 3. Betty Hutton, (born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American actor, musician and comedienne.

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