Born 1933 as Olive Kathryn Grandstaff in West Columbia, Texas, American actress and singer Kathryn Grant became American singer and actor Bing Crosby’s second wife, being more than thirty years his junior. She appeared as a guest star on her husband’s 1964–1965 ABC sitcom The Bing Crosby Show.
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Grant largely retired from acting after her 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, the comedy Operation Mad Ball (1957), the drama Mister Cory (1957), and as a trapeze artist in The Big Circus (1959).
In the mid-1970s, Grant 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.
On November 4, 2010, Grant 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. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Kathryn Grant in the 1950s.