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.. Hu resides in Brentwood, California where she is co-owner of a restaurant Basic Bites. She left the movies in 1956 for the stage and fulfilled her dream of being in opera. Her subsequent movie appearances include The Scorpion King (2002), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) and X2 (2003). She also played Magnolia in the 1951 version of Show Boat. Afterwards, Hu was cast as police officers Michelle Chan in the television series Nash Bridges (1997-1998) and Chen Pei Pei on Martial Law (1998-2000). Some consider her role as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate as her best. Rae Chang on Sunset Beach for six months in 1997.

She started out with dreams of being in opera, but MGM scooped her up to be in films. She was then cast as Dr. The petite soprano was one of MGM Studios' top sopranos of the 1940s & 1950s. While the movie was not a major success it opened a new career direction for Hu in action adventure roles. She has one daughter. In 1995, Hu played an undercover police officer in the movie No Way Back. She married twice, first to actor John Shelton, second to actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Hu also won the title of Miss Hawaii USA in 1993.

Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick. Hu followed this with appearances on series such as Night Court, Tour of Duty, 21 Jump Street, and Melrose Place and her first movie role in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. After working in Japan and Italy (where she became well-known as the star of a series of ads for Philadelphia brand cream cheese), Hu moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career in 1987 with a guest starring role on the sitcom Growing Pains. Ironically she found out after winning that she was prohibited from appearing in non-contest related activities for the year of her reign. To gain publicity, she entered Miss Teen USA contest in 1985 and became the first Asian American to win the title.

Hu's cousin was a successful model in Japan and Hu decided to follow her example. She has also been interested in martial arts since her early childhood, when her older brother would arrange for her to fight neighbourhood boys. Hu has had a lifelong interest in singing and dancing. Her ethnic background is a mixture of Chinese, Hawaiian, and English.

Hu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kelly Ann Hu (born February 13, 1968) is an American actress.

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