Grace Moore Poster


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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 5 December 1898Slabtown, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 26 January 1947Copenhagen, Denmark  (plane crash)
Birth NameMary Willie Grace Moore
Nickname The Tennessee Nightingale
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Grace Moore, the internationally famous star of the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, motion pictures, radio and recordings, was born December 5, 1898, in Del Río near Newport, Tennessee. Her family moved to Jellico when she was a young girl. She attended Jellico High School where she was captain of the girls basketball team in 19l6. She was selected by Florenz Ziegfeld of Ziegfeld Follies fame as one of the ten most beautiful women in the world. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her motion picture, "One Night of Love", and was the subject of a movie titled, "So This is Love", in which Kathryn Grayson portrayed the "Tennessee Nightingale", as Grace was called. She died tragically in an airplane crash in 1947 at the height of her career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Valentín Parera (15 July 1931 - 26 January 1947) (her death)

Trivia (9)

Born in Slabtown, Tennessee, she was commissioned a colonel on the staff of the governor of Tennessee.
In 1938 became the mentor and benefactor for Metropolitan soprano Dorothy Kirsten, in the latter's early career.
It is claimed that Elvis Presley's "Graceland" mansion was named in honor of her.
On the eve of her death, Grace had sung in concert before a packed Copenhagen audience of over 4,000. She had just boarded a flight to Stockholm Sweden when the KLM DC3 plane crashed and exploded upon takeoff.
She was decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France in 1939.
Originally wanted to be a missionary.
She was known as the comedian's comedian, and one of the few capable of making Jack Benny laugh at the drop of a hat. Anyway, Edward G. Robinson was hosting a private party for Grace Moore about the time her movie (One Night of Love) was coming out in 1934. At some point during the party, Grace was asked to sing the title song from the movie for the guests, to which she obliged. As the guests set up a couple of rows of chairs to listen to her sing, George Burns leaned forward and told Jack Benny that "it would be very rude of him to laugh when she starting singing". Of course the minute Grace started to sing, Benny began to laugh... and continued to laugh. George's punch line... "See, I don't make Jack Benny laugh... Grace Moore makes Jack Benny laugh".
She was good friends with Gloria Swanson and Gloria mentioned her in the film Airport 1975 (1974).
Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being One Night of Love (1934). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penélope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)).

Personal Quotes (2)

Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
[on performing in movies] I already had some of the fame, but Hollywood gave me the rich lace trimmings, the royal robes, the furs, the jewels, the international celebrity.

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