Kathryn Grayson singing “Beauty,” by Harry Warren and Arthur Freed, directed by Vincente Minnelli, from the end of Ziegfeld Follies (1946), has always been one of my all-time favorite moments from musicals. I have never not been thrilled by it. Grayson could be square, but combine her with a piece of material like this, and considerations of squareness and hipness go out the window.

With the news today that Kathryn Grayson has passed into another sphere, this magical piece of musical filmmaking takes on new resonance.

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