Obituaries: Grace McDonald Green, 81, performer

  • Updated: November 3, 1999 - 10:00 PM

Grace McDonald Green, one of the principals in the 1937 Broadway hit, "Babes in Arms," died of pneumonia Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 81.

She and her brother, Ray McDonald, were the dance team in the original cast, which starred Mitzi Green and the Nicholas brothers. In the production, she sang "I Wish I Were in Love Again," composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The song eventually set the standard for Judy Garland.

Green later went to Hollywood and appeared in 1940s movie musicals such as "Dancing on a Dime," "Give Out Sisters" and "My Gal Loves Music."

When her contract with Universal ended in the 1940s, Green married and moved to Minneapolis, where she was active in the Variety Club Heart Hospital at the University of Minnesota, the book fair at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis and the Grandparents Club of Children's Hospital of Minneapolis.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; three sons, Michael, Richard and Douglas, and seven grandchildren.

Services were held in Scottsdale.

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