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Kathryn Crosby (born November 25, 1933) is a retired American actress and singer who performed in films under the stage-names Kathryn Grant and Kathryn Grandstaff.[1]

Kathryn Crosby
Bing and Kathryn Crosby 1976.JPG
Kathryn with her husband Bing Crosby on his 1976 Christmas special.
Born
Olive Kathryn Grandstaff

(1933-11-25) November 25, 1933 (age 85)
Other namesKathryn Grandstaff
Kathryn Grant
Years active1953–2010
Spouse(s)
Bing Crosby
(m. 1957; died 1977)

Maurice William Sullivan
(m. 2000; died 2010)
Children

Life and careerEdit

Born Olive Kathryn Grandstaff in West Columbia, 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, being more than thirty years his junior. The couple had three children, Harry, Mary Frances, and Nathaniel.[2] She appeared as a guest star on her husband's 1964–1965 ABC sitcom The Bing Crosby Show.

She largely retired from acting after their marriage, but did have featured roles as Princess Parisa in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), and in the courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder (1959). She also played the part of "Mama Bear" alongside her husband and children in Goldilocks and co-starred with Jack Lemmon in the comedy Operation Mad Ball (1957), with Tony Curtis in the drama Mister Cory (1957) and as a trapeze artist in The Big Circus (1959).

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 the 1960's she studied and became a nurse at the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles.[3]

For 16 years ending in 2001, Crosby hosted the Crosby National Golf Tournament at Bermuda Run Country Club in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. A nearby bridge carrying U.S. Route 158 over the Yadkin River is named for Kathryn Crosby.[4]

On November 4, 2010, Crosby was seriously injured in an automobile accident in the Sierra Nevada that killed her 85-year-old second husband, Maurice William Sullivan, whom she had married in 2000.[5]

FilmographyEdit

 
Crosby with Vince Edwards as a guest star on Ben Casey, 1965.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kathryn Grant". Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Bing Crosby biography". Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Parker, Melissa (2014-12-01). "Kathryn Crosby Interview: On Life with Bing Crosby and PBS' "American Masters" Documentary Featuring the Entertainment Icon's Career". Smashing Interviews. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ Jim Sparks, "Crews to Start Work on Bridge," Winston-Salem Journal, November 21, 2007.
  5. ^ Martin Griffith (December 2, 2010). "Bing Crosby's widow recovering from accident". Associated Press.

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