Smith, (Kathryn Elizabeth) Kate(1909–86) singer; born in Greenville, Va. While appearing on Broadway as the contralto lead in Flying High (1930), she was discovered by agent Ted Collins. She began her radio show on CBS in 1931, immortalizing God Bless America in 1938. During World War II she toured widely to sell war bonds and entertain the troops. Star of the Kate Smith Hour (1950–54) on National Broadcasting Company television, she returned with CBS's Kate Smith Show in 1960. With her "classic" voice, her large physique, and old-fashioned values, she sustained her popularity during many years when much of the entertainment business was moving in other directions.