Kathryn Crosby

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Kathryn Crosby

Bing and Kathryn on his 1976 Christmas special.
BornOlive Kathryn Grandstaff
(1933-11-25) November 25, 1933 (age 78)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other namesKathryn Grandstaff
Kathryn Grant
Kathryn Crosby
Years active1953–2009
Spouse

Bing Crosby (1957–1977) (his death) 3 children

Maurice William Sullivan (2000–2010) his death
 
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Kathryn Crosby

Bing and Kathryn on his 1976 Christmas special.
BornOlive Kathryn Grandstaff
(1933-11-25) November 25, 1933 (age 78)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other namesKathryn Grandstaff
Kathryn Grant
Kathryn Crosby
Years active1953–2009
Spouse

Bing Crosby (1957–1977) (his death) 3 children

Maurice William Sullivan (2000–2010) his death

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

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Life and career

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. 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 the courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder (1959). She also played the part of "Mama Bear" alongside her husband and children in Goldilocks and starred with Jack Lemmon in Operation Mad Ball (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.

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.[2]

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 married in 2000.[3]

Filmography

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

References

  1. ^ Bing Crosby biography
  2. ^ Jim Sparks, "Crews to Start Work on Bridge," Winston-Salem Journal, November 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Martin Griffith (December 2, 2010). "Bing Crosby's widow recovering from accident". Associated Press. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/2/bing-crosbys-widow-recovering-from-accident. 

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