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MGM singing star Kathryn Grayson dead at 88 (corrected)


Kathryn Grayson, who became a top MGM box-office attraction in the 1940s and early `50s as the singing star of musicals such as "Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate," has died. She was 88.

Grayson died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, Sally Sherman, Grayson’s longtime companion and secretary, told the Associated Press.

A coloratura soprano with a heart-shaped face, Grayson made her screen debut in "Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary," starring Mickey Rooney, in 1941.

She went on to appear opposite Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in "Anchors Aweigh," [title corrected] Sinatra in "The Kissing Bandit," Mario Lanza in "The Toast of New Orleans" and Ava Gardner and Howard Keel in "Show Boat," among other musicals.

A full obituary will follow at

-- Dennis McLellan

Photo: Kathryn Grayson with co-star Van Johnson in the 1950 MGM comedy "Grounds for Marriage." Credit: MGM

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Dearest Kathryn,
Thank you for being you. I remember you kindly and am glad to have known you. Best regards to Patty Kate.
"The Baby Bird"

The above photo caption has her listed as Kathryn Johnson.

fixed now. thanks

Miss Grayson had such a beautiful voice. I've always enjoyed her films and talent.

Thank you for a reach legacy of musical talent!

Rest in Peace!

Rest in Peace Ms. Grayson :)

We all pray for the repose of her soul! What a wonderful person and outstanding actress...

We loved you Kate. You're singing with the angels now.


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