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Dolores Grey was a high, blonde, shapely celebrity/singer using a big contralto tone of voice who all starred in stage and display screen musicals within the 1940s and ’50s. She also made an appearance on radio and tv and in nightclubs, and, furthermore to her primary ensemble and soundtrack recordings, documented for two main labels and have scored a small number of graph entries. If she hardly ever attained the stardom of such contemporaries as Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, she was a durable second-echelon skill who worked progressively, specifically in the movie theater, in the ’40s towards the ’80s. Grey spent her early years in Chicago. Her parents divorced when she was two, and five years afterwards her father passed away. As a kid, she was the sufferer of gang assault in her hometown, shot within the upper body when caught within a crossfire, and, because the wound was considered inoperable, she transported a bullet in her still left lung for the others of her existence. After that event, her mother shifted her to LA, where she researched tone of voice and, at 14, produced her nightclub debut. When she was 15, she was found out by Rudy Vallée, who place her on his nationally broadcast radio display. In August 1941, at 17, she made an appearance within the musical revue Fun your money can buy in LA, and immediately after she produced her film debut in a little, uncredited part within the theatre Lady to get a Night time, playing a vocalist called Dolores; the film premiered in early 1942. Her 1st screen credit arrived two years later on when she once again played a vocalist in the theatre Mr. Skeffington. Grey shifted to NY and produced her Broadway debut at 20 within the musical revue The Seven Lively Arts, performing tracks compiled by Cole Porter. The display opened up Dec 7, 1944, and went 182 performances, shutting May 12, 1945. Grey quickly came back to Broadway in a far more prominent role within the musical humor ARE YOU CURRENTLY With It?, which opened up on November 10, 1945, and ran 267 shows, shutting June 29, 1946. Her following present, Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash’s Sugary Bye and Bye, shut out of city in nov 1946, but after understudying Ethel Merman in Irving Berlin’s musical Annie MAKE YOUR Gun, Grey was tapped with the show’s companies, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, to consider the starring function of Annie Oakley within the London creation. She opened up on her behalf 23rd birthday, June 7, 1947, and was an enormous hit with United kingdom theatergoers. The display went for 1,304 shows, much longer than it do on Broadway, and Grey was with it for your operate, well into 1950. In those days, postwar Britain had not been prepared to support the type of unique solid albums released with achievement within the U.S., however the London solid of Annie GET A Gun documented the show’s tracks in medleys on a couple of two 78-rpm EPs released for the British Columbia label, marking Gray’s 1st recordings. Pole McKuen’s Stanyan Information obtained the privileges to release many such recordings within the U.S. very much later, as well as the label released a 1972 LP merging the initial London ensemble recordings of Annie MAKE YOUR Weapon and Oklahoma! Recently, spending budget label LaserLight released a CD from the London Annie MAKE YOUR Gun with reward tracks to complete the disc. Grey returned towards the U.S. in 1951 within the unusual position to be a stage superstar, but one practically unidentified in her indigenous country. She came back to Broadway, co-starring with Bert Lahr within the musical revue Two over the Aisle with music by Jule Styne and lyrics and sketches by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The display opened up July 19, 1951, and went 276 performances, shutting March 15, 1952, and Grey excelled within the rapid-fire “IN THE EVENT THAT YOU Hadn’t, NEVERTHELESS, YOU Do.” Decca Information recorded the initial Broadway solid recording, providing her her 1st American record launch. The label also place her under special agreement, and she started recording singles, you start with a cover of “Shrimp Motorboats,” which Jo Stafford got to number 2 in nov 1951. Gray’s edition produced the very best 20. Another six Decca singles adopted during 1952. Grey next considered television, co-starring within the series The Buick Circus Hour, broadcast live from NY, which premiered Oct 7, 1952, and went every 4th week with the 1952-1953 period, concluding on June 16, 1953. On the other hand, she acquired two more graph singles, credit scoring with pop variations of Hank Williams’ “Kaw-Liga” as well as the Cajun melody “Big Mamou.” The stage continued to be her primary moderate, nevertheless, and she came back to Broadway to superstar within the musical Carnival in Flanders. The display sported many Hollywood talents attempting their hands on the fantastic White Method — the reserve was by famous movie movie director Preston Sturges, as well as the music were by Adam Truck Heusen and Johnny Burke, who have been more familiar with writing materials for Bing Crosby’s movies. They provided Grey with the right tracks, notably “Here’s That Rainy Time,” however the present was a flop. It opened up Sept 8, 1953, and shut four days afterwards, after just six performances. Even so, Grey earned the Tony Prize for Outstanding Celebrity within a Musical. Grey scored another graph admittance with her documenting of “Shed in Loveliness” through the film THE LADY in Red Tights in the summertime of 1954. That winter season, Decca released the soundtrack recording from the film THERE IS NO Business Like Display Business, where Marilyn Monroe co-starred. Since Monroe experienced an exclusive documenting agreement with RCA Victor, Grey stepped in and sang her tunes around the recording. She continuing to record for Decca into 1955, although label never released a full-length recording under her name. (In 2003, following the first of her Decca recordings had exceeded into the general public domain in European countries, English label Sepia gathered 25 of these on a Compact disc entitled Limelight on Dolores Grey.) Gray’s raising movie contacts resulted in a agreement with MGM in 1955, as well as the studio room first utilized her being a co-star in the initial film musical IT CERTAINLY IS Fair Weather conditions, released in Sept 1955 and associated with an MGM soundtrack record of tracks by André Previn with Comden and Green which Grey made an appearance. Only 90 days afterwards, she co-starred in MGM’s film adaptation from the Broadway musical Kismet, once again appearing in the MGM Information soundtrack record. Next up was a musical remake of the favorite play and film THE LADIES, retitled THE CONTRARY Sex, where she made an appearance in November 1956, and the humor Designing Woman in-may 1957. But Grey, about to switch 33, was struggling to break to main stardom in Hollywood, as well as the drop in film musicals managed to get improbable she ever would. She remaining MGM after four movies. Putting your signature on to Capitol Information, she returned to trimming singles and in addition an recording, its title attracted from a London reviewer’s explanation of her tone of voice, Warm Brandy. She made an appearance on tv and in nightclubs, after that, in 1959, discovered another part on Broadway. It had been the section of Frenchy, originated on film by Marlene Dietrich, inside a musical edition of Destry Trips Again. It opened up Apr 23, 1959, and went 473 performances, shutting June 18, 1960. Gray’s overall performance gained her a Tony nomination, and Decca Information released a genuine Broadway cast recording that reached the graphs. Gray’s profession was less noticeable after she shut in Destry Trips Once again. In 1967, she came back to Broadway in Sherry!, a musical version from the comic play THE PERSON Who Found Dinner. It opened up on March 28 and shut on, may 27 after 72 shows. In 1973, she changed Angela Lansbury within a London revival of Gypsy as Lansbury transferred to the brand new York creation, and then changed Lansbury there, time for Broadway just as before. She was preferably ensemble within the London revival of Follies that opened up on July 21, 1987, performing, at age 63, Stephen Sondheim’s rueful tune of present business knowledge, “I’m Still Right here” and documenting it in the ensemble record released on First Evening Information within the U.K. She continuing to make periodic looks on-stage and on tv in to the 1990s. In the 1960s, she experienced married property programmer and racehorse owner Andrew Crevolin. The few divorced in the 1970s, but had been reconciled and remarried, their relationship enduring until Crevolin’s loss of life in 1992. A decade later, Grey suffered a coronary attack in her house in Manhattan and passed away at age 78.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dolores Gray
Date Of Birth June 7, 1924
Died June 26, 2002, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Cabaret Artist
Nationality American
Spouse Andrew J. Crevolin
Parents Henry Stein, Barbara Gray
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical
Music Songs Thanks a Lot but No Thanks, Not Since Nineveh, Isn't It Romantic, Rahadlakum, You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me, If You Hadn't But You Did, I'm Still Here, Do-Do-Do, Rose's Turn, You're My Thrill, There Never Was a Baby Like My Baby, Anyone Would Love You, Diamond Mine in Madagascar, Crazy He Calls Me, With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming, Dancing On The Grapes, Penthouse Serenade, More! More! More!, The World Has A Promise, Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me, I've Got a Feeling You're Foolin', It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House, If Someone Had Told Me, Music! Music! Music, You Can't Be True Dear, To Be Loved By You, Say You'll Wait For Me, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Music Is Better Than Words, Tattered and Torn, Did Anyone Call, How Will He Know
Albums Warm Brandy, Kiss Me, Famous Hits by Dolores Gray, Jazz Nostalgia, Afterglow & Warm Brandy, Spotlight on Dolores Gray, Close Your Eyes, Speak Low, The Very Best Of
Movies Designing Woman, The Opposite Sex, Kismet, It's Always Fair Weather, Lady for a Night


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1 Upon her death, she was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
2 She was a staunch Republican who gave much of her time and money towards various conservative political causes. She attended several Republican National Conventions, galas, and fund-raisers. She was active in the campaigns of Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.
3 Although the role of "Frenchy" in 1959's "Destry Rides Again" was one of Gray's greatest successes on Broadway, it was an experience she always recalled with mixed emotions. Always a total professional, she was constantly at odds with perfectionist director/choreographer Michael Kidd. This tumultuous relationship reached its peak when an angry Kidd called Gray a "slut" in front of the entire company. Gray, a life-long devout Catholic, slapped his face. When asked to step in, producer David Merrick said, "you couldn't buy this kind of publicity. Let them fight it out". As to co-star Andy Griffith, the most Gray would say was that he wasn't very pleasant to her.
4 During a 1959 performance of the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again", in which Gray starred opposite Andy Griffith, a fire broke out backstage at the Imperial Theater. Although it was put out within a few minutes time, without any major damage, just enough smoke drifted toward the stage that there could have been a panic had not Griffith and Gray continued on with the scene as though nothing was happening. For their bravery, they were rewarded by the audience that night with a standing ovation and by the New York City Fire Comissioner with citations for heroism.
5 Won Broadway's 1954 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Carnival in Flanders." She was also nominated in the same category in 1960 for "Destry Rides Again."
6 Her signature song was "Here's That Rainy Day", which she introduced on Broadway in her Tony-winning "Carnival of Flanders" in 1954.
7 She stayed with "Annie Get Your Gun" for nearly three years in London and played to over 2.5 million people, including the Royal Family.
8 Performed all her life with a bullet lodged in her left lung, an inoperable wound suffered as a child accidentally caught in a gang crossfire in Chiacgo.
9 Understudy to Ethel Merman on Broadway.
10 Dolores Gray sang Marilyn Monroe's parts on the Decca Records soundtrack release of There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). Monroe's recorded voice was under contract with RCA Victor who would not issue a release, so Gray's voice was used.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks" 1955 - uncredited
The Bell Telephone Hour 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Designing Woman 1957 performer: "Music Is Better than Words" - uncredited
The Opposite Sex 1956 performer: "The Opposite Sex" - uncredited
MGM Parade 1955 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kismet 1955 "Rahadlakum", uncredited / performer: "Bored", "Not Since Nineveh" - uncredited
It's Always Fair Weather 1955 performer: "Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks" 1955, "Music Is Better Than Words" 1955 - uncredited
Holiday in Paris: Paris 1951 Short performer: "C'est si bon" - uncredited
Mr. Skeffington 1944 performer: "It Had to Be You" 1924 - uncredited
Lady for a Night 1942 performer: "Has Anybody Seen My Man?" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who 1988 TV Series Mrs. Remington
Girl Talk 1965 TV Series
The United States Steel Hour 1961 TV Series Carolina Clay
Designing Woman 1957 Lori Shannon
The Opposite Sex 1956 Sylvia Fowler
Kismet 1955 Lalume
It's Always Fair Weather 1955 Madeline Bradville
The Buick Circus Hour 1952 TV Series Kim O'Neill
Mr. Skeffington 1944 Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
Lady for a Night 1942 Dolores, a Singer (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Previous Winner
That's Entertainment III: Behind the Screen 1994 Video documentary Herself
Wogan 1987 TV Series Herself
Royal Variety Performance 1987 1987 TV Movie Herself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Herself
The Good Old Days 1978 TV Series Herself - Performer
Girl Talk 1964-1967 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1966 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1964 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Singer / ...
Juke Box Jury 1963 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1958-1963 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest Panelist
The Merv Griffin Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Voice of Firestone 1962 TV Series Herself - Comedy Star
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Actress
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958-1959 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Herself .
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Herself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1957 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Herself
Ford Star Jubilee 1956 TV Series Herself
The Vic Damone Show 1956 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1952-1954 TV Series Herself - Singer / Actress
The George Jessel Show 1954 TV Series Herself
Boum sur Paris 1953 Herself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1951 TV Series Herself
Holiday in Paris: Paris 1951 Short Herself
Lucky Dip 1950 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical 2009 Video documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'It's Always Fair Weather' (uncredited)
MGM Parade 1955 TV Series Lalume

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1 My mother once said to me, 'It's not a very happy life unless you make it very big.'


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