Kathryn Crosby (born November 25, 1933) is an American actress and singer who also performed under the stage-name Kathryn Grant.
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. 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. She also played the part of “Mama Bear” alongside her husband and children in Goldilocks and starred with Jack Lemmon in Operation Mad Ball in 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 Crosby.
On November 4, 2010, Crosby was seriously injured in an automobile accident in the Sierra Nevada that killed her 85-year-old husband, Maurice William Sullivan.
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA on 1933-11-25
Known For: Acting
TOP FIVE ROLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
The Night the World Exploded
With his assistant, Laura Hutchinson (Kathryn Gant), Dr. David Conway (William Leslie) develops a device to advance the fledgling science of earthquake prediction. After forecasting a large trembleor that will rock California within twenty-four hours, Conway cannot persuade the Governor to act. When the prediction proves true and further tests indicate that there are more quakes to come, Conway and Laura seek to perfect their device. Subsequent tests deep within Carlsbad Caverns discover an unknown element—E-112—that is responsible for the earthquakes and threatens to destroy the globe if it ever reaches the surface. The team determines that with only four weeks until Armegddon, the race is on to neutralize the killer element before it takes a devastating toll.
Release Date: 1957-06-14
Role: Laura ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.
Release Date: 1958-12-05
Role: Princess Parisa
1001 Arabian Nights
Mr. Magoo’s take on 1001 Arabian Nights.
Release Date: 1959-12-01
Role: Princess Yasminda (voice)
The Guns of Fort Petticoat
Opposing his commanding officer’s decision to attack a group of innocent Indians and wipe them out, Lt. Frank Hewitt leaves his post and heads home to Texas. He knows that the attack will send all of the tribes on the warpath and he wants to forewarn everyone. He gets a chilly reception back home however. With most of the men away having enlisted in the Confederate army Frank, a Union officer, is seen by the local women as a traitor. He convinces them of the danger that lies ahead and trains them to repel the attack that will eventually come.
Release Date: 1957-04-01
Role: Anne Martin
The Brothers Rico
The Rico brothers are mobsters in the employ of syndicate head Sid Kubick. Richard Conte plays the one Rico brother who has forsaken crime. But the other Ricos (James Darren and Paul Picerni) haven’t yet seen the light, causing a deep rift in the brothers’ family bonds. Conte gets word that his brothers have been marked for murder, and tries to warn them.
Release Date: 1957-09-01
Role: Norah Malaks Rico