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GENE KELLY and KATHRYN GRAYSONBoth inscribe a movie still from Thousands Cheer (1943). Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Steve -/Good Luck [shamrock]/Gene Kelly" and "To Steve,/Best Wishes Always/Kathryn Grayson". B/w, 10x8.

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GENE KELLY and KATHRYN GRAYSONBoth inscribe a movie still from Thousands Cheer (1943). Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Steve -/Good Luck [shamrock]/Gene Kelly" and "To Steve,/Best Wishes Always/Kathryn Grayson". B/w, 10x8. Still from the 1943 film, Thousands Cheer, in which Kelly starred as Eddy Marsh and Grayson co-starred as Kathryn Jones. The film, which also starred John Boles as Kathryn's father, Colonel William Jones, featured an array of guest stars, including Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell and Ann Sothern, as well as two big bands, Bob Crosby and His Orchestra and Kay Kyser and His Band. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Score - Musical, Best Color Art Direction and Best Color Cinematography. Born Eugene Curran Kelly,actor, director and innovative dancer/choreographer GENE KELLY (1912-1996) was a major star in 1950s and 1960s M-G-M musicals, including Singin' in the Rain (1952). In 1951, he received a special Academy Award "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specially for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film". Although Kelly, along with Fred Astaire, was the most successful song-and-dance man in film history, his 1952 film marked the peak of his career, and Kelly moved to Europe to take advantage of tax exemptions. Shortly after he returned to Hollywood, Kelly starred in Brigadoon (1954). His other films include Anchors Aweigh (1945; Best Actor Academy Award nomination), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), What a Way to Go! (1964) and Xanadu (1980), and Kelly also hosted and starred in several TV series and miniseries and made guest appearances on a number of TV shows from 1954-1984. Discovered by M-G-M while a teenaged vocalist on Eddie Cantor's radio program, KATHRYN GRAYSON (1922-2010) made her first major film appearance in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1940), in which she sang "Lucia" and "Voices of Spring". Her first leading role came two years later, when she starred as the title character in M-G-M's Rio Rita. Grayson, who appeared in such films as Anchors Aweigh (1943), The Kissing Bandit (1948) and The Toast of New Orleans (1950), gave her finest performances in Showboat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). In the latter two films, she was teamed with baritone Howard Keel, who would later become her singing partner in nightclubs and in summer stock. Although Grayson made her last film in 1956 (The Vagabond King), she returned to the small screen in 1980, appearing on Murder, She Wrote. Lightly creased at blank margins. Minor surface creases (most not evident head-on), some at writing. Ink and pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show-through). Overall, fine condition.

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