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Kathryn Grayson, born Feb. 9, 1922, was and American actress and opera singer. She signed a contract with MGM in the early 1940’s and went to work making musicals. She sang and starred in some of MGM’s most remembered musicals made in that period. Among her best are; Thousands Cheer (1943) with Gene Kelly, Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate, both with Howard Keel. With the demise of the musical in the late 50’s, she went to work in theatre, appearing in the Broadway production of Camelot (1962-1964). Grayson then fullfilled a life long dream by appearing in several operas, including La boheme, Madame Butterfly, and La Traviata. She also appeared occasionally on television from the 1950’s on, with appearances in such shows as General Electric Theatre and Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury. Kathryn Grayson died in her sleep in her home in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 17, 2010 at the age of 88.