5 Things You May Not Know about Kathryn Grayson
Like that today, February 9th, 2017, would have been her 95th birthday!
1.) She owes her singing Career to a Janitor
When Grayson was a pre-teen, her family moved from North Carolina to the Midwest. One day a janitor heard her singing on the empty stage of the St. Louis Municipal Opera House. He then introduced little Grayson to Frances Marshall of the Chicago Civic Opera, who trained the twelve year old in the art of Opera.
2.) The Opera or the Sound Stage?
When Grayson signed a contract with MGM, she was on the cusp of making her operatic debut in Lucia at the Metropolitan Opera House. Louie B. Mayer, however, soon talked the impressionable teen out of it, knowing it would hurt her image as a film star. It would take two decades before the singer finally made her way to the Opera stage.
3.) 18 Months to Show time
Despite MGM’s eagerness to sign the still teenaged Grayson to their roster, they weren’t keen on filming her. MGM wanted their latest asset at her best before being seen on the big screen and Grayson’s first 18 months at MGM consisted of voice and drama lessons, diction, diets, and exercise.
4.) Dreams Never Die
Although Grayson’s first love was Opera, she spent the first two decades of her career in the movie business. But Grayson never forgot her dreams of the Operatic stage and in 1960 she finally made her Opera debut in the classic Madama Butterfly.
5.) Never Too Old to Try
At the age 60 and nearly a lifetime in the business, Grayson decided to try something new: not singing. That’s right; in 1982 she made her non-sing dramatic stage debut in Night Watch. So let that be a lesson: you’re never too old to try something new.
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