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Gene Kelly

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Gene Kelly

American dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer, and choreographeradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1912.

Countries: United States (63%), California (11%), France (10%)

Main connections: Fred Astaire, Anchors Aweigh (film), Frank Sinatra

Linked to: Democratic Party, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

 

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Gene Kelly was born in 1912 add something


1928

William Wyler - He directed his first non-Western, the lost Anybody Here Seen Kelly?, in 1928.


1929

He graduated from Peabody High School in 1929 at the age of sixteen. add something

 

Theatre around 1929, and was briefly taught by Frank Harrington, an African-American tap specialist from New York. add something


1930

Also during this period, the Kelly's family started a dance studio on Munhall Road in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1930. add something


1931

In 1931, Kelly enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study economics where he joined the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. add something

 

In 1931, he was approached by the Rodef Shalom synagogue in Pittsburgh to teach dance and stage the annual Kermess and was so successful that his services were retained for seven years until his departure for New York. add something


1932

In 1932, the dance studio was renamed The Gene Kelly Studio of the Dance. add something


1933

A second location was opened in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1933. add something

 

Ballet gave him the same feeling of exhilaration, and in 1933 he was convinced it was the most satisfying form of self-expression. add something

 

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with his graduation from Pitt in 1933, he remained active with the Cap and Gown Club, serving as its director from 1934 to 1938, while at the same time enrolling in the University of Pittsburgh Law School. add something


1937

In 1937, having successfully managed and developed the family's dance school business, he moved to New York City in search of work as a choreographer. add something


1938

After a fruitless search, Kelly returned to Pittsburgh, to his first position as a choreographer with the Charles Gaynor musical revue Hold Your Hats at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in April, 1938. add something

 

His first Broadway assignment, in November 1938, was as a dancer in Cole Porter's Leave It to Me/ as the American ambassador's secretary who supports Mary Martin while she sings "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". add something


1939

In 1939, he was selected to be part of a musical revue "One for the Money" produced by the actress Katharine Cornell, who was known for finding and hiring talented young actors. add something


1940

In 1940, he was given the leading role in Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, again choreographed by Robert Alton, and this role propelled him to stardom. add something

 

Betsy Blair - In the interim, Blair joined the chorus at the International Casino in New York, and when it closed down, worked in the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe from January 1940 where Gene Kelly was working as choreographer


1941

They began dating and married on October 16, 1941. add something

 

Selznick, agreeing to go to Hollywood at the end of his commitment to Pal Joey, in October 1941. add something


1942

Harry Palmer (actor) - In 1942, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland player Palmer and Hayden in the MGM musical film "For Me and My Gal", directed by Busby Berkeley

 

Jean Brooks - It is likely that she adopted her husband's name as a stage name because dancer Gene Kelly began acting in films in 1942

 

Eleanor Powell - She was signed to play opposite Dan Dailey in "For Me and My Gal" in 1942, but the two actors were removed from the picture during rehearsals and replaced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland


1943

Madame du Barry - Bert Lahr co-starred as a washroom attendant in the nightclub who dreams he is Louis XV. The 1943 movie version starred Lucille Ball in the title role, with co-stars Red Skelton and Gene Kelly


1944

At the end of 1944, Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Service and was commissioned as lieutenant junior grade. add something

 

Rita Hayworth - In 1944, Hayworth made one of her best-known films, the Technicolor musical "Cover Girl" , with Gene Kelly

 

Cover Girl (film) - "'Cover Girl"' is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly


1945

Tom and Jerry - In 1945, Jerry made an appearance in the live-action MGM musical feature film "Anchors Aweigh", in which, through the use of special effects, he performs a dance routine with Gene Kelly

 

Frank Sinatra - In 1945, Sinatra co-starred with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh.

 

Dean Stockwell - In 1945, he appeared in a main character role in the musical movie "Anchors Aweigh" alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly

 

Anchors Aweigh (film) - "'Anchors Aweigh"' is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, in which two sailors go on a four-day shore leave in Hollywood, accompanied by music and song, meet an aspiring young singer and try to help her get an audition at Metro-Goldwyn-May 1945 er


1946

In Ziegfeld Follies – which was produced in 1944 but not released until 1946 – Kelly collaborated with Fred Astaire – for whom he had the greatest admiration – in the famous "The Babbitt and the Bromide" challenge dance routine before leaving the studio for wartime service. add something

 

On his return to Hollywood in the spring of 1946, MGM had nothing lined up and used him in yet another B-movie: Living in a Big Way. The film was considered so weak that Kelly was asked to design and insert a series of dance routines, and his ability to carry off such assignments was noticed. add something

 

Fred Astaire - His next partner, Lucille Bremer, was featured in two lavish vehicles, both directed by Vincente_Minnelli: the fantasy Yolanda and the Thief which featured an avant-garde surrealistic ballet, and the musical revue Ziegfeld Follies which featured a memorable teaming of Astaire with Gene Kelly to "The Babbit and the Bromide", a Gershwin song Astaire had introduced with his sister Adele back in 1927.

 

Ziegfeld Follies - In 1946 M-G-M released a third feature motion picture on Ziegfeld's shows entitled "Ziegfeld Follies" with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, William Powell, Gene Kelly, Fanny_Brice, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Grayson, and others performing songs and sketches similar to those from the original Follies


1947

In 1947, he was part of the Committee for the First Amendment, the Hollywood delegation which flew to Washington to protest at the first official hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. add something

 

Philip Dunne (writer) - Dunne, Huston, and Wyler, along with fellow members Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Danny Kaye, and Gene Kelly, appeared before HUAC in Washington, D.C. in October 1947, protesting HUAC's activities and methods


1948

Jacques Ibert - He wrote the music for more than a dozen French films, and for American directors he composed a score for Orson Welles's 1948 film of "Macbeth", and the "Circus" ballet for Gene Kelly's "Invitation to the Dance" in 1952


1949

Alice Pearce - Gene Kelly was so impressed by her that she became the only cast member to be included in the film version in 1949

 

Alice Pearce - Brought to Hollywood by Gene Kelly to reprise her Broadway performance in the film version of "On the Town" , Pearce played comedic supporting roles in several films, before being cast as Gladys Kravitz in "Bewitched" in 1964


1950

Even in 1950, however, Hollywood had to tread gingerly whenever dealing with big-time crime; it was easier to go after a "dead" criminal organization than a "live" one. add something

 

Bernard Lee - During the 1950s he had a long run on stage, appearing as Able Seaman Turner in "Seagulls Over Sorrento", a role he later reprised in the film of the same name with Gene Kelly . and often played "solid, dependable characters such as policemen, serving officers or officials

 

Liza Minnelli - During the early days of television in the 1950s Minnelli appeared as a child guest on Art Linkletter's show and in 1959 sang and danced with Gene Kelly on his first television special.


1951

In 1951, he summed up his vision as follows: "If the camera is to make a contribution at all to dance, this must be the focal point of its contribution; the fluid background, giving each spectator an undistorted and altogether similar view of dancer and background. add something

 

Nina Foch - In 1951, she appeared with Gene Kelly in the musical "An American in Paris", which was *awarded the Best Picture Oscar

 

Conrad Salinger - Salinger orchestrated most of the musicals that MGM is famous for; among them, in addition to the 1951 "Show Boat", were "Girl Crazy" , "Meet Me in St. Louis" , "Anchors Aweigh" , the 1947 film version of "Good News", "Summer Holiday" , the 1949 film version of "On the Town", the 1950 film version of "Annie Get Your Gun", "Singin' in the Rain" , the 1953 film version of "Kiss Me, Kate", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" , "An American in Paris" , "The Band Wagon" , Gene Kelly[AP


1952

Cyd Charisse - As Debbie Reynolds was not a trained dancer, Gene Kelly chose Charisse to partner him in the celebrated "Broadway Melody" ballet finale from "Singin' in the Rain" , and she co-starred with Kelly in 1954's Scottish-themed musical film "Brigadoon"

 

Singin' in the Rain - "'Singin' in the Rain"' is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen


1953

When Kelly returned to Hollywood in 1953, the film musical was already beginning to feel the pressures from television, and MGM cut the budget for his next picture Brigadoon, with Cyd Charisse, forcing the film to be made on studio backlots instead of on location in Scotland. add something


1954

Eddie Quillan - One notable appearance of the era was his role of 'Sandy' in the 1954 Vincente Minnelli directed musical "Brigadoon", starring Gene Kelly, Van_Johnson and Cyd Charisse


1955

Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel) - The novel originated in 1955 when Bradbury suggested to his friend Gene Kelly that they collaborate on a movie for Kelly to direct


1956

It was beset with delays and technical problems, and flopped when finally released in 1956. add something

 

Igor Youskevitch - His unique ability to blend athleticism with artistry is vividly captured in his aerialist sequences for Gene Kelly's pioneering 1956 ballet film "Invitation to the Dance"


1957

Kelly did not return to stage work until his MGM contract ended in 1957, when in 1958 he directed Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play Flower Drum Song. add something

 

Jean-Pierre Cassel - Cassel was discovered by Gene Kelly as he tap danced on stage, and later cast in the 1957 film "The Happy Road"


1960

Kelly continued to make some film appearances, such as Hornbeck in the 1960 Hollywood production of Inherit the Wind. add something

 

Kelly frequently appeared on television shows during the 1960s, but his one effort at television series, as Father Chuck O'Malley in Going My Way (1962–63), based on the Best Picture of 1944 starring Bing Crosby, was dropped after thirty episodes, although it enjoyed great popularity in Roman Catholic countries outside of the United States. add something


1963

In 1963, Kelly joined Universal Pictures for a two-year stint which proved to be the most unproductive of his career so far. add something


1965

He joined 20th Century Fox in 1965, but had little to do – partly due to his decision to decline assignments away from Los Angeles for family reasons. add something


1967

The Young Girls of Rochefort - "'The Young Girls of Rochefort"' is a 1967 French musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve, her sister Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Grover Dale and Gene Kelly


1970

In 1970, he made another TV special: Gene Kelly and 50 Girls and was invited to bring the show to Las Vegas , which he duly did for an eight-week stint – on condition he be paid more than any artist had hitherto been paid there. add something


1973

In 1973 he would work again with Frank Sinatra as part of Sinatra's Emmy nominated TV special Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back. add something


1974

Then, in 1974, he appeared as one of many special narrators in the surprise hit of the year That's Entertainment/ and subsequently directed and co-starred with his friend Fred Astaire in the sequel That's Entertainment, Part II. add something


1980

Lena Horne - On April 13, 1980, Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and host Gene Kelly were all scheduled to appear at a Gala performance at the Metropolitan Opera House to salute the N Y City Center's Joffrey Ballet Company


1982

James Stewart - Stewart's best friend Henry Fonda died in 1982 and his long-time friend Grace Kelly, his favorite female co-star, was killed in a car crash shortly afterwards.


1985

In 1985, Kelly served as executive producer and co-host of That's Dancing/ – a celebration of the history of dance in the American musical. add something


1987

Kenny Ortega - Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film "Xanadu", Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing", and has won *awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl"


1990

He was married to Patricia Ward from 1990 until his death in 1996. add something


1991

Paula Abdul - In 1991, Abdul embraced advertising and starred in a popular Diet Coke commercial in which she danced with a digital image of her idol, a young Gene Kelly.


1994

After his final on-screen appearance introducing That's Entertainment/ III in 1994, his final film project was the animated movie Cats Don't Dance, released in 1997 and dedicated to him, on which Kelly acted as uncredited choreographic consultant. add something

 

In 1994, Kurt Browning, offered an ice skating interpretation of "Singin' in the Rain" on his television special You Must Remember This. add something


1996

Gene Kelly died in 1996 add something


1997

He was born in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, at the age of eight, was enrolled by his mother in dance classes, along with his elder brother James. add something


2005

In 2005, Kelly's widow gave permission for Volkswagen to use his likeness to promote the Golf GTi car add something

 

David Bernal - In one of his most popular ads, a commercial for the Volkswagen Golf GTI created in January 2005, Gene Kelly's head was superimposed onto Bernal's body in a re-enactment of "Singin' in the Rain" remixed by Manchester group Mint Royale