Grace McDonald

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Yank Magazine
July 9, 1943


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Date of Birth
15 June 1918, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death
30 October 1999, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. (pneumonia)

Mini Biography from http://www.IMDB.com

written by Gary Brumburgh
Grace McDonald at the Internet Movie Database


Between 1942 and 1945 there was a pert, sweet-faced "B"-level cutie who knew how to swing with the best of them at Universal. The beautiful dancer/singer might have gone on to better things but ended her career abruptly for marriage and never looked back. Grace McDonald, who was born in New York City on June 15, 1918, struck out into the local vaudeville scene at a young age with her equally talented brother, Ray McDonald. As a brother-sister dance team similar to the Astaires, their specialty proved to be tap dancing. The twosome made it to Broadway with the hit musical "Babes in Arms" and stole part of the show with their version of "I Wish I Were in Love Again." This gave them a one-way ticket to Hollywood, where Ray got picked up by MGM and Grace by Paramount Pictures. Her first film, Dancing on a Dime (1940), stumbled a bit and she didn't make another film for two years when Universal Studios decided to sign her up. Though her musicals were obviously hep and had lots of pep, they were pretty much assembly-line productions intended to boost the morale of a war-weary nation. The titles certainly said it all -- Give Out, Sisters (1942), Behind the Eight Ball (1942), How's About It (1943) and Hat Check Honey (1944). She also appeared frequently in vehicles designed for The The Andrews Sisters. Grace was game for straight acting parts as well, playing opposite Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in the comedy It Ain't Hay (1943), and also appearing in the dramas Murder in the Blue Room (1944) and Destiny (1944). After making Honeymoon Ahead (1945), Grace fell in love with a Marine and retired to be his wife. Not much was heard of her until her death of double pneumonia on October 30, 1999. Although just a sliver of a memory in the Hollywood annals, Grace was a game trooper and added a little kick to life when it was certainly needed.

She married Ralph Green, (a WWII Marine (? - 30 October 1999 - her death)) and she retired. They moved to Minneapolis, which is where he was from, and had three sons.

Trivia

She is the sister of actor Ray McDonald.

Pin-up Gallery

Filmography

  • Honeymoon Ahead (1945) .... Evelyn
  • See My Lawyer (1945) .... Betty Wilson
... aka In a Padded Cell (USA: reissue title)
  • Destiny (1944) .... Betty
  • My Gal Loves Music (1944) .... Judy Mason
  • Murder in the Blue Room (1944) .... Peggy
  • Follow the Boys (1944) .... Kitty West
  • Hat Check Honey (1944) .... Susan Brent
  • 'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943) .... Kathleen Corrigan
... aka Gung Ho! (USA: short title)
  • She's for Me (1943) .... Jan Lawton
  • Flesh and Fantasy (1943) (uncredited) .... Gaspar's helper
... aka Six Destinies
  • Crazy House (1943) (uncredited)
  • Always a Bridesmaid (1943) .... Linda Marlowe
  • Gals, Incorporated (1943) .... Molly
... aka Gals, Inc. (USA: review title)
  • Get Going (1943) .... Judy King
  • It Ain't Hay (1943) .... Kitty McClain
... aka Money for Jam (UK)
  • Mug Town (1943) .... Norene Steward
  • How's About It (1943) .... Marion Bliss
  • Behind the Eight Ball (1942) .... Babs
... aka Off the Beaten Track
  • Strictly in the Groove (1942) .... Dixie
  • Give Out, Sisters (1942) .... Gracie Waverly
  • What's Cookin'? (1942/I) .... Angela
... aka Wake Up and Dream (UK)
  • Dancing on a Dime (1940) .... Lorie Fenton
  • Rah! Rah! Rhythm (1936) .... Their girl

References

External links

  • No information on this person or topic was available at Wikipedia as of 12/4/2007

Grace McDonald at the Internet Movie Database

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