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Kathryn Grayson
Birth: Feb. 9, 1922
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 2010
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

, Actress. Initially ambitious of becoming an opera singer, she starred in a number of film and Broadway musicals from the 1940s to the 1960s. Born Zelma Kathryn Hedrick to a musical family, she moved from North Carolina to St. Louis with her family where at 12 she was discovered singing on the stage of an empty opera house; after she received voice lessons from Frances Marshall the Hedricks relocated to Hollywood so that she could gain more advanced training. Meeting Louis B. Mayer she was signed by MGM, her silver screen debut coming in the 1941 "Andy Hardy's Private Secretary". She was soon seen in a number of features including "Seven Sweethearts" and "Rio Rita" (both 1942) and the 1943 "Thousands Cheer" then spent two years entertaining the troops. Thru the late 1940s Kathryn was to have a number of musical roles including an appearance with Frank Sinatra in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) and starring turns in Mario Lanza's first two movies, 1949's "That Midnight Kiss" and the 1950 "The Toast of New Orleans". During the 1950s she appeared as Lili Vanessi in "Kiss Me Kate", took part in "Show Boat" and "Roberta", and on the small screen earned an Emmy nomination for her 1955 portrayal of a blind girl on "General Electric Theater". As the decade progressed Kathryn carried her talent to Broadway where she was Magnolia in "Show Boat", had roles in "Kiss Me Kate" and "The Merry Widow", and garnered rave reviews as Julie Andrews' 1962 replacement as Queen Guenevere in "Camelot". Following a two year run in "Camelot" the 1960s were to see her have a successful cabaret act with Howard Keel and to finally realize her childhood dream of singing opera in Puccini's "La Boheme" and "Madame Butterfly" and Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata". In later years Kathryn was head of the vocal program at Idaho State University, toured in the one woman show "An Evening With Kathryn Grayson", and appeared several times with Angela Lansbury on "Murder She Wrote". Her two early marriages to actors John Shelton and Johnnie Johnston ended in divorce; she lived her final years in Los Angeles where she died of the effects of advanced age. Of performing with the notoriously difficult Lanza she said: "He was great, but I could have murdered him for scene stealing". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
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  Clarence Hedrick (____ - 1969)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Feb 18, 2010
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Kathryn Grayson
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Her mother was Lillian *Lillie* Florence Gray Hedrick.August 5, 1898 North CarolinaDecember 23, 1954 Los Angeles, California.Lillies husband, Clarence Hedrick, is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, but I cannot find a record of where she is buried.
- Joy Cornwell
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014
To my famous aunt.Charles Fletcher1948-2012By a friend.
- Joy Cornwell
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014

- Kevin Yu
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014
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