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.. Liane Haid died in Bern, Switzerland, in 2000, aged 105. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. She made her last film appearance in 1953. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. Her notable films include Lady Hamilton (1921; her breakthrough role); Lucrezia Borgia (1926); Die Csardasfürstin (1927, based on the operetta by Emmerich Kálmán); and the talkies Das Lied ist aus (The Song Is Ended) (1930) and Ungeküsst soll man nicht schlafen gehn (1936). Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. She got married and also ended her film career.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. Having refused several offers from Hollywood, she escaped from Nazi Germany to Switzerland in 1942 "because of the regime, because everything was bombed, and because all the good directors had left". The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. Her first motion picture was a propaganda film made during the First World War, Mit Herz und Hand fürs Vaterland (1916). She worked for UFA and, as a trained singer, easily made the transition to the sound era, appearing in comedy films alongside German stars such as Willi Forst, Georg Alexander, Theo Lingen, and Heinz Rühmann. She has one daughter. Born in Vienna, Haid trained both as a dancer and singer and became the epitome of the Süßes Wiener Mädel ("Sweet Viennese Girl") and a popular pin-up throughout the 1920s and 30s. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Haid as Lucrezia Borgia and Conrad Veidt as Cesare Borgia (1926).

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. Liane Haid (August 16, 1895 - November 28, 2000) was an Austrian actress who has often been referred to as Austria's first movie star. List of centenarians.

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