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.. As shown in www.riaa.com. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. They annouced that they would soon commence working on a new album for Houston to be released in 2005. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. In September of 2004 she made a surprise apperance at the World Music Awards to sing for Clive Davis. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. Over the spring and summer of 2004 Houston performed at a few concerts in Europe and Asia.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. In March of 2004, Houston entered a drug rehab program in California. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. During said interview, Houston's comment about having never used crack cocaine because it was "for poor people," caused a new uproar. She has one daughter. She claimed to have stopped using illegal drugs, but was seemingly making this admission to address the rumours circulating about her lifestyle. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. In 2002, Houston admitted in a television interview to abusing cocaine, marijuana, and various other drugs.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. Additionally she had clearly lost a great deal of weight and this, coupled with shaky (if not cancelled) public performances gave way to rumours of cocaine addiction. In the year 2000 Houston's public image became tarnished when it was revealed that she had been battling spousal abuse with her husband. The album's single, "One Wish", barely registered a pulse on radio and the album made a poor showing on the charts, selling about 500,000 copies. In October of 2003, Houston released a holiday album, One Wish.

The album has sold one million copies in the U.S. The follow up singles "One of Those Days" and "Try It Own My Own" also failed to make much of an impact. The song did poorly worldwide. The lead off single, "Whatchulookinat", is an attack on the media for their reporting about her personal life.

In November of 2002, Houston released her 5th non-soundtrack studio album, Just Whitney. It sold more than 300,000 copies, raised more than $1 million, and earned Whitney yet another Top 10 single as it peaked at #6. In 2001, Houston and Arista Records agreed to re-release her version of the Star Spangled Banner to benefit the families of police officers and firefighters killed during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The Greatest Hits has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Neither song made a splash in the U.S., however they were hits internationally. It also featured two new songs, "Fine" and "If I Told You That" (a duet with George Michael). Disc Two- Thrown Down, is a collection of her dance songs and remixes. Both songs received considerable airplay in the U.S.

Disc One- Cool Down featured a collection of her ballads as well as two new tracks, "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (a duet with Enrique Iglesias) and "Same Script, Different Cast" (a duet with Deborah Cox). Nevertheless, in 2000, Arista released, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, a two CD compilation of Houston's biggest hits. In 2000, Houston got into trouble as she was found with marijuana at an airport in Hawaii and she skipped out on a performance at the Oscars. Houston also stole the show at VH1's Diva Live in 1999, her show stopping performance of "I Will Always Love You" was hailed as her best performance of her signature song ever, and helped to make Divas '99 the highest rated show in VH1 history.

"Heartbreak Hotel", "It's Not Right, But It's Okay", "My Love Is Your Love", and the fifth single from My Love Is Your Love, "I Learned From The Best" all went on to become #1 dance hits for Whitney, making her one of the club scenes hottest artists. The atypical and hard-hitting "It's Not Right But It's Okay", and the reggae inspired title track, both were US/UK Top 5 hit singles. With the album selling poorly, however, Houston's fortunes were revived by the US #2 single, "Heartbreak Hotel". "When You Believe", a sappy duet with Mariah Carey taken from the animated DreamWorks movie The Prince Of Egypt, was a transatlantic hit.

Enlisting the songwriting help of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott , Diane Warren and Wyclef Jean, among others, the album was a confident attempt by Houston to reclaim her status as the preeminent musical Diva. The album, which was supposed to be a greatest hits collection, instead featured 13 new tracks from Houston. Houston spent most of the '90s concentrating on her acting career, but made a surprise return to the studio for 1998's My Love Is Your Love. The movie went on to win an Emmy Award and has become the best selling video ever of a made-for-TV movie.

When Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella premiered on ABC-TV on November 2, 1997, it was watched by over 60 million Americans. In 1997, Houston starred in and produced a multicultural version of the classic fairly tale "Cinderella". The two big singles from the album were the top five hit "I Believe In You And Me" and the surprise Pop and Dance hit "Step By Step". However, it is still the best selling Gospel album of the Billboard Era with sales of more than 3 million copies.

The soundtrack, a Gospel dominated album with 14 new songs from Houston, sold poorly compared to her previous releases. The movie did not do as well as the others, but still brought over $48 million in the U.S. In 1996, Whitney Houston co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Preacher's Wife, a remake of the 1947 classic, The Bishop's Wife. It featured three songs by Houston, the # 1 hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", a top ten duet with gospel artist CeCe Winans, "Count On Me" and "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" an emotional song about love gone wrong.

It was written and produced by Houston's close friend Babyface. The all female African-American soundtrack was an even bigger hit, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. alone. The movie was very successful, earning over $70 million in the U.S.

In 1995, Waiting to Exhale was released. Her concerts raised money to aid South Africa's children. In 1994, Whitney Houston became the first American singer to perform in post-apartheid South Africa. In 1993, Houston gave birth to her only child, a daughter, who she named Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Houston won numerous awards in 1993 including Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. and over $410 million worldwide, making Whitney Houston a movie star was well as a pop music star. The movie went on to gross $120 million + in the U.S. The album went on to sell 17 million copies in the U.S. making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time.

Houston recorded six songs for the phenomenally successful soundtrack album - powerful cover versions of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You", which topped the US chart for 14 weeks and the UK charts for 10, and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman", in addition to "I Have Nothing", "Run To You", "Queen of the Night" and "Jesus Loves Me". The same year she made a credible acting debut in the movie "The Bodyguard" alongside Kevin Costner. In July 1992, Whitney Houston married R&B singer Bobby Brown; the relationship would prove turbulent. She also performed the song and her other hits at Norfolk, VA as she welcomed back US troops returning from the Gulf War with a highly rated HBO concert.

The single went gold and helped to raise funds for The American Red Cross. The public response ensured that the version emerged as a single shortly afterwards. She became permanently enshrined in the hearts of the American public, however, when she took the microphone to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV in Miami. Despite the relatively modest success of the album of the same name (number 3 in the US charts), "All The Man That I Need" compensated by becoming her ninth number 1.

The follow-up single "I'm Your Baby Tonight" put Houston back on top of the US singles chart. Her recording of the title track to the 1988 Olympics tribute, "One Moment In Time", restored her to US Top 5 prominence and topped the UK singles chart. Rumors abounded of film offers alongside such actors as Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy, however Houston turned down all movie offers at this time. Another series of awards followed, including the Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female Grammy for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and Pop Female Vocal and Soul/R&B Female Vocal categories at the American Music Awards.

By September, "Love Will Save The Day" had finally broken the winning sequence in the USA where it could only manage number 9. In 1988, she made a controversial appearance at Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Party, where other acts accused her of behaving like a prima donna. However, even this was surpassed when "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" continued the sequence, making seven consecutive number one hits, breaking a record previously shared by the Beatles and the Bee Gees. The album included a version of "I Know Him So Well", sang as a duet with her mother Cissy, and the ballad "Didn't We Almost Have It All" which became her fifth successive US number 1 shortly afterwards.

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)", released in 1987, topped charts around the world, paving the way for Houston to become the first album by a female artist to debut at number 1 on the US album chart, a feat it also achieved in the UK. Despite the unimaginative title, it sold over nine-million copies in the U.S" (Steve Huey, All Music Guide). Whitney Houston cemented her superstar status on her next album, Whitney. Her success was acknowledged by a series of prestigious awards, notably a Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female Grammy for "Saving All My Love For You" and an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Program On TV.

alone, making it the best-selling debut ever by an American female artist. It eventually sold over 13-million copies in the U.S. A year to the month after its release, Whitney Houston hit number one on the album charts. The latter single also saw her on top of the charts in the UK and much of the rest of the world. The disco-influenced "How Will I Know" and the more soul-flavored "Greatest Love Of All", both topped the US charts in rapid succession.

Its steady climb was encouraged by the success of the singles "You Give Good Love" and "Saving All My Love For You", which hit numbers 3 and 1, respectively. Her self titled debut was released in March of 1985, from which time it would begin its slow stalking of the album charts. Clive Davis, who had taken a strong personal interest in the vocalist, insisted on selecting the best songwriters and producers in search of the definitive debut album. However, the rest of that year was taken up with the recording of a debut album.

The following year had her first commercial success when "Hold Me", a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, crept into the US Top 50. By 1983, Whitney Houston had entered a worldwide contract with Arista Records after Arista chief Clive Davis heard Houston perform at a nightclub with her mother. She also appeared as a model in various magazines, appearing on the cover of "Seventeen" and as an actress in television shows such as Give Me A Break and Silver Spoons." (Steve Huey, All Music Guide). Somewhat bizarrely, Houston's first recording as a featured vocalist was with Bill Laswell's experimental jazz-funk ensemble Material; their 1982 album One Down placed Houston alongside such avant-gardists as Archie Shepp and Fred Frith.

She was a backing singer with established acts, such as Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls, as well as the lead vocalist on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's A Party". As a teenager, she began accompanying her mother in concert (as well as on the 1978 album Think It Over). By age 11, Houston was performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist church in Newark. Houston is a singer who grew up in a musical family: Her mother is Grammy award winning gospel/R&B singer Cissy Houston, and her cousin is Grammy Award winning pop singer Dionne Warwick.

She was one of the most popular and successful singers of the 1980s and 1990s. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963, Newark, New Jersey) is an American singer and actress. 2004 "The Princess Diaries 2" 94.6 million US, 125.0 million worldwide. 2003 "The Cheetah Girls" Tv Movie.

2001 "The Princess Diaries" 108.2 million US, 165.3 million worldwide. 1997 "Cinderella" Tv Movie. 1997 "Cinderella" Tv Movie. 1996 "The Preacher's Wife" 48.1 million US, 60.0 million worldwide.

1995 "Waiting to Exhale" 67.0 million US, 81.4 million worldwide. 1992 "The Bodyguard" 121.9 million US, 410.9 million worldwide. 2002 "Whatchulookinat" #13 UK. 2001 "The Star-Spangled Banner" (re-issue) #6 US.

2000 "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (with Enrique Iglesias) #7 UK. 2000 "If I Told You That" (with George Michael) #9 UK. 1999 "I Learned From the Best" #19 UK, #27 US (2000 release). 1999 "My Love Is Your Love" #4 US, #2 UK.

1999 "It's Not Right But It's OK" #4 US, #3 UK. Faith Evans and Kelly Price) #2 US, #25 UK (2000 release). 1998 "Heartbreak Hotel" (feat. 1998 "When You Believe" (with Mariah Carey) #15 US, #4 UK.

1996 "Step by Step" #15 US (1997 release), #17 UK. 1996 "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" #26 US. 1996 "I Believe in You and Me" #4 US, #16 UK (1997 release). 1996 "Count on Me" (with CeCe Winans) #8 US, #12 UK.

1995 "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" #1 US, #11 UK. 1994 "Something in Common" (with Bobby Brown) #16 UK. 1993 "Queen of the Night" #14 UK. 1993 "Run to You" #31 US, #15 UK.

1993 "I Have Nothing" #4 US, #3 UK. 1993 "I'm Every Woman" #4 US, #4 UK. 1992 "I Will Always Love You" #1 US, #1 UK. 1991 "The Star-Spangled Banner" #20 US.

1991 "My Name Is Not Susan" #20 US, #29 UK. 1991 "Miracle" #9 US. 1990 "All the Man That I Need" #1 US, #13 UK. 1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" #1 US, #5 UK.

1989 "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (with Aretha Franklin) #29 UK. 1988 "One Moment in Time" #5 US, #1 UK. 1988 "Love Will Save the Day" #9 US, #10 UK. 1988 "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" #1 US, #14 UK.

1987 "So Emotional" #1 US, #5 UK. 1987 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" #1 US, #14 UK. 1987 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" #1 US, #1 UK. 1986 "Greatest Love of All" #1 US, #8 UK.

1985 "How Will I Know" #1 US, #5 UK (1986 release). 1985 "Saving All My Love for You" #1 US, #1 UK. 1985 "You Give Good Love" #3 US. 2003 One Wish: The Holiday Album #49 US.

2002 Just Whitney #9 US, US Sales: 1 Million. 2001 Love, Whitney #22 UK. 2000 Whitney: The Greatest Hits #5 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 3 Million. 1998 My Love Is Your Love #13 US, #4 UK, US Sales: 4 Million.

1996 The Preacher's Wife OST #3 US, #35 UK, US Sales: 3 Million. 1995 Waiting To Exhale OST #1 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 7 Million. 1992 The Bodyguard OST #1 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 17 Million. 1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight #3 US, #4 UK, US Sales: 4 Million.

1987 Whitney #1 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 9 Million. 1985 Whitney Houston #1 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 13 Million.

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