LOS ANGELES — Kathryn Grayson, an MGM singing star in the 1940s and early ’50s in musicals such as ”Anchors Aweigh,” ”Show Boat” and ”Kiss Me Kate,” has died. She was 88.

Grayson died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, said publicist Dale Olson.

A dark-haired beauty with a heart-shaped face and a brilliant coloratura voice, Grayson signed with MGM as a teenager and made her screen debut in ”Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary,” starring Mickey Rooney, in 1941.

She went on to appear opposite Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in ”Anchors Aweigh,” Kelly in ”Thousands Cheer,” Sinatra in ”The Kissing Bandit,” Mario Lanza in ”The Toast of New Orleans,” Howard Keel in ”Show Boat,” ”Lovely to Look At” and ”Kiss Me Kate,” and Gordon MacRae in ”The Desert Song,” among other musicals.

At the conclusion of her film career, Grayson began performing in nightclubs and concerts and did some acting on television, including appearances on ”General Electric Theater” and ”Playhouse 90.”

She replaced Julie Andrews as Guenevere in the original Broadway production of ”Camelot” in 1962 and toured in the musical for more than a year.