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Kathryn Crosby (born November 25, 1933) is an American actress and singer who performed her most memorable roles under the stage-name Kathryn Grant.

Born Olive Kathryn Grandstaff in Houston, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1955. Two years later she became Bing Crosby's second wife after converting to Roman Catholicism for the marriage. She was 30 years younger than Crosby. The couple had three children, Harry, Mary Frances, and Nathaniel.[1] She appeared as a guest star on her husband's 1964–1965 ABC sitcom The Bing Crosby Show.

She largely retired after their marriage, but did have a featured role in one of the most acclaimed motion pictures of the 1950s, the courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder. She also played the part of "Mama Bear" alongside her husband and children in Goldilocks and starred with Jack Lemmon in Operation Mad Ball in 1957.

In the mid-1970s, she hosted The Kathryn Crosby Show, a 30-minute local talk-show on KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Husband Bing appeared as a guest occasionally.

Since Bing Crosby's death in 1977, she has taken on a few smaller roles and the lead in the short-lived 1996 Broadway musical State Fair.

In 1985, she had the Crosby name removed from the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, formerly called the Crosby Clambake and now called the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The move was not well received by local residents nor the golf community at large. Which is understandable since Mr Cosby once said, "If I were asked what single thing has given me the most gratification in my long and sometimes pedestrian career, I think I would have to say it is this tournament."

Notes

  1. Bing Crosby biography

Filmography

External links

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