Grace Moore

Grace Moore

Born in Slabtown, Tennessee, she was commissioned a colonel on the staff of the governor of Tennessee.

In 1938 became the mentor and benefactor for Metropolitan soprano Dorothy Kirsten, in the latter's early career.

In the early 1930s, after Mary Garden shared top billing with the Mills Brothers, Grace Moore insisted that a clause be added to her contract stating that "no colored act" would appear on the same bill with her. Rather than agree, Loew management cancelled her appearance.

It is claimed that Elvis Presley's "Graceland" mansion was named in honor of her.

Measurements: 36-28 1/2-38 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

On the eve of her death, Grace had sung in concert before a packed Copenhagen audience of over 4,000. She had just boarded a flight to Stockholm Sweden when the KLM DC3 plane crashed and exploded upon takeoff.

Originally wanted to be a missionary.

She was decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France in 1939.

She was good friends with Gloria Swanson.

She was known as the comedian's comedian, and one of the few capable of making Jack Benny laugh at the drop of a hat. Anyway, Edward G. Robinson was hosting a private party for Grace Moore about the time her movie (One Night of Love) was coming out in 1934. At some point during the party, Grace was asked to sing the title song from the movie for the guests, to which she obliged. As the guests set up a couple of rows of chairs to listen to her sing, George Burns leaned forward and told Jack Benny that "it would be very rude of him to laugh when she starting singing". Of course the minute Grace started to sing, Benny began to laugh... and continued to laugh. George's punch line... "See, I don't make Jack Benny laugh... Grace Moore makes Jack Benny laugh".