Kathryn Grayson | 1922-2010
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PHOTOS: Kathryn Grayson | 1922-2010

Nineteen-year-old MGM movie starlet Kathryn Grayson, seen in 1942, made her screen debut in “Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary,” starring Mickey Rooney, in 1941. (Associated Press)
Grayson with Frank Sinatra, left, and Gene Kelly in “Anchors Aweigh” in 1945. (MGM)
Grayson with her favorite leading man, Mario Lanza, in “That Midnight Kiss” in 1949. (MGM)
Grayson rehearses a song for the radio in New York in 1950. After her film career, she began performing in nightclubs and concerts and did some acting on television, including appearances on “General Electric Theater” and “Playhouse 90.” (Robert Kradin / Associated Press)
Grayson, seen in 1951, brightened some of the most popular movie musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s with her beauty and lilting soprano voice. (Associated Press)
Grayson takes the witness stand in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, where she won a divorce from singer Johnny Johnston in 1951. (Harold Filan / Associated Press)
Grayson’s naturally dark hair was dyed to an ash blond for her role in “The Grace Moore Story” in 1952. Stylist Jane Groten, right, touches up the singer’s tresses to make them match those of the late Metropolitan Opera star, who was killed in a plane crash in Europe. (Ellis R. Bosworth / Associated Press)
Grayson with Howard Keel in “Kiss Me Kate” in 1953. She also starred with him in “Show Boat” and “Lovely to Look At.” (MGM)
Grayson, left, who accepted the Academy Award on behalf of Phyllis Dalton for best color picture costume design for “Dr. Zhivago,” poses with presenters James Garner and Lana Turner in 1966. (Associated Press)
Grayson arrives at the Festival Palace for the presentation of “That’s Entertainment Part 2,” which opened in 1976 at the 30th Cannes International Film Festival in France. (Jean-Jacques Levy / Associated Press)
Grayson, seen in 1987, prepares to sign a 1949 MGM anniversary photo at a party in Los Angeles celebrating the 100th birthday of the film capital. (Bob Galbraith / Associated Press)
Grayson was the mistress of ceremonies at a Los Angeles benefit in 1990. ()