Kathryn Murray, whose ballroom dancing inspired millions of students in dance schools run by her late husband, instructor Arthur Murray, died Friday in her sleep in Hawaii, relatives said. She was 92.
Murray served as host for the television show “The Arthur Murray Dance Party” which first aired in 1950 and ran for 11 years on a variety of networks.
The Murrays made ballroom dancing a household phrase by creating a chain of successful dance studios across the United States in the 1940s. At its peak in 1952, when Arthur Murray sold the franchise, there were 500 studios around the world. Currently, there are 275.
Arthur Murray died in Honolulu in 1991, a month shy of what would have been the couple’s 66th wedding anniversary. They met during a radio broadcast in Newarkin 1924.
The Murrays were Hawaii residents since 1968.
Kathryn Murray is survived by two daughters.