Knowledge Identifier: +Gene_Kelly
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1912.
Countries: United States (63%), California (11%), France (10%)
Linked to: Democratic Party, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
In 1931, Kelly enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study economics where he joined the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.
A second location was opened in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1933.
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.
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.
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.
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
At the end of 1944, Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Service and was commissioned as lieutenant junior grade.
Rita Hayworth - In 1944, Hayworth made one of her best-known films, the Technicolor musical "Cover Girl" , with Gene Kelly
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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"
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"
Kelly continued to make some film appearances, such as Hornbeck in the 1960 Hollywood production of Inherit the Wind.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
In 2005, Kelly's widow gave permission for Volkswagen to use his likeness to promote the Golf GTi car