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.. Joan Hickson died in Colchester, England. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. Queen Elizabeth II, said to be a fan of both Miss Marple, and of Hickson, bestowed the latter award. She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. Hickson played the role in all 12 adaptations of the novels produced from 1984 to 1992, and received a BAFTA nomination and an OBE from the British Government. Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. In making a new series, the makers determined to remain faithful to the plotlines and locales of Christie's stories, and most importantly to represent Miss Marple as written.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. Though admired, Rutherford's Marple bore little resemblance to the character as written, and the plots of the early Christie film versions varied sharply from the author's carefully constructed plotlines. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. The BBC began filming the works of Agatha Christie in the early 1980s, and were conscious of the criticism that had been levelled at the most famous portrayal of Miss Marple given by Margaret Rutherford. She has one daughter. In 1980 she appeared in yet another Agatha Christie production, as Mrs Rivington in Why Didn't They Ask Evans. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Her stage career included roles in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, for which she won a Tony Award in 1977.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. She also appeared opposite Margaret Rutherford in the Marple film Murder, She Said (1961). In the 1940s she appeared on-stage in an Agatha Christie play, Appointment with Death, which was seen by Christie who wrote to her "I hope one day you might play my dear Miss Marple". She made her first film appearance in 1934, and the numerous supporting roles of her career included several Carry On films. Born in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, England, she made her stage debut in 1927, and for several years worked throughout the United Kingdom and achieved success playing comedic, often eccentric characters in London's West End.

Joan Hickson ( August 5, 1906 – October 17, 1998) was an English actress of theater, film and television, who achieved fame in her old age playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. The Mirror Crack'd (1992). They Do It With Mirrors (1991). A Caribbean Mystery (1989).

4.50 from Paddington (1987). Nemesis (1987). At Bertram's Hotel (1987). Sleeping Murder (1987).

The Murder at the Vicarage (1986). A Pocket Full of Rye (1985). A Murder is Announced (1985). The Moving Finger (1985).

The Body in the Library (1984) - BAFTA nomination.

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