Grace, however, cannot give up on her career. At one Album) her dreams may be dashed, as poor singing instruction has inflamed her vocal cords. Under the direction of a new, better voice coach, she is told to rest and not speak for three months. She does so, but Buddy Nash marries another woman while Grace is secluded in a cabin. Upon Grace's return to New York Cityshe is able to sing again and continues her lessons.
She is hired as an understudy in a musical and takes over when the leading lady Marie Windsor falls ill. Grace's performance impresses the producers so much that she is made a star on Broadway. Her next boyfriend, Bryan Curtis Douglas Dickdates her for two years before insisting they marry, to which Grace agrees.
When Grace auditions for the Metropolitan Operashe is told that she lacks experience and that her youth, charm and voice are better suited to musical comedies. She quits her musical contract and books passage to Europe in order to get better vocal training.
Bryan says he can't compete with her dream and ends their engagement. Two years later Grace has returned and sings in a starring role at the Metropolitan. She is a success and has finally achieved her dream to be an opera star. Before actual filming began, Astor had even made some camera tests but had to bow out of the film after breaking her leg from a fall in her home. The role went to Rosemary DeCamp. In she was rushed to hospital after what was described as "an accidental overdose of barbiturates".
In she and Howard Keel formed a double act, performing in night clubs, making a successful tour of Australia and touring together in Man of La Mancha. She also displayed her emormous sense of humour in Michael Frayn's hilarious farce, Noises Off.
She turned down offers to write her memoirs, stating that she had tried, but refused to write a "kiss and tell" book.
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