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Grace Moore

Biography: 

(1898-1947)

The beloved soprano scintillated in musical theater in Irving Berlin's Music Box Revues, on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera - particularly in her favorite, "Louise" - and in motion pictures, where she starred in major releases for MGM and Columbia. 1934's "One Night of Love" earned Grace Moore a nomination for an Academy Award as best actress; the story about a small town girl who aspires to sing opera paralleled her own life story, emerging out of rural Tennessee and triumphing on the New York stage. Approachable, charming, and a talented mimic, Moore was the closest thing to an American big screen diva as the 1930s offered. David S. Shields/ALS