Grace Hayes was born on August 23, 1896 in Springfield, Missouri. She moved to San Francisco, California at the age of ten, and began to sing at nightclubs at the age of fourteen. In 1912 Hayes married Joseph Lind, and their son Joseph Conrad Lind (better known as Peter Lind Hayes) was born in 1915. She married twice after Lind; first to Charlie Foy, then to Robert Evan Hopkins. Hayes is best known for her career in motion pictures from 1929 to 1950, primarily for King of Jazz (1930) and Zis Boom Bah (1941).
Hayes performed at several resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1939 to 1941. She moved to Las Vegas shortly after, and eventually purchased the Red Rooster club in 1947. Hayes renamed the club the Grace Hayes Lodge and operated the nightclub until she sold the property to Steve Wynn in 1960. She remained in Las Vegas until her death in 1989.
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