Grace Moore

Grace Moore ( born December 5, 1898 in Slabtown (now Del Rio), Tennessee; † January 26, 1947 at the airport Kastrup on Zealand, Denmark; actually Mary Willie Grace Moore) was an American opera singer and actress of the 1930s years.


Grace Moore, whose birth year there are different specifications, wanted to become a missionary in China. Finally, she quickly made ​​as a lyric soprano career both on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera. Your good looks earned her a contract with MGM in 1930, which they put in two lavishly produced operettas. In A Lady's Morale she played the famous Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind and in New Moon, she was the partner of Lawrence Tibbett, another opera star, who had gone to the movie. The agreement was, however, soon afterwards ended when Moore developed a weight problem.

She returned successfully back to the Met and began a very popular radio show in which she succeeded in bringing to classical music even wider population. At the height of her career and several kilograms lighter she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1934 and turned the film One Night of Love, which should make them virtually overnight to a Hollywood star. In the role of a spirited young woman who wants to make career as a singer, Moore played practically giving himself She wore both classical arias as well as modern songs before, so ' Ciri, Biri, Bin, who eventually become their signature song and trademarks of their tour performances should. Moore was nominated for an Oscar and negotiated their contract from new.

Immediately after the success of One Night of Love wanted to Irving Thalberg Grace Moore for the lead role in the operetta The Merry Widow as a partner of Maurice Chevalier and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. However, since both Moore and Chevalier in their contracts the clause had to be announced in the first place, the role eventually went to Jeanette MacDonald, which was rebuilt in the following years as a response to Grace Moore. In the coming years, Grace Moore shot a series of very popular movies, which helped classical music and especially arias incorporate into the movie action without thereby scaring the audience. Your probably the best role she had in 1936, directed by Josef von Sternberg in The King Steps Out, the film adaptation of a libretto by Heinz Marischka about the Bavarian Princess Sisi, the later Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The success of Moore also prompted other studios to also get sopranos in front of the movie camera. But neither Lily Pons, who was standing under contract with RKO, Gladys Swarthout still that should be built from Paramount 's star had real success at the box office.

After the end of her film career took Grace Moore commercially successful tours around the world. She wrote her biography 're Only Human Once in 1944 and died three years later in the air disaster at Copenhagen Kastrup. Their remains were transferred to their home country and with great sympathy alongside those of her father at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, buried. The majority of their heritage, which was at that time estimated at $ 500,000, she left her husband.

Grace Moore was married from 1931 until her death with the Spanish film actor Valentín Parera ( 1895-1986 ) and lived alternately in the United States and Europe. The marriage remained childless. On December 16, 1943 both survived slightly injured railway accident by Rennert (North Carolina), in which 74 people died.

Moore's life was made ​​into a film in 1953 under the title So This Is Love with Kathryn Grayson in the lead role.

In the year of Moore's death in 1947, a rose was named after her. It holds also the persistent rumor, she had acted as a namesake for Elvis Presley's Graceland estate.