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Gene Kelly

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Gene Kelly (1912-1996)

Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California) was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style.

Kelly was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1940 he was given the leading role in Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, which brought him to national attention. During this period he also choreographed several hit plays, including the 1941 production of Best Foot Forward.

Kelly's first motion picture was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. He went on to make a number of classic musicals, including An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952).

His most notable moments on film include:

He was the first American to choreograph and stage a ballet in the Paris Opera.

Kelly was awarded a special Academy Award “in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film” in 1951 and reawarded in 1984's Academy Awards due to a fire which burned down his home in the previous year.

Kelly was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1960. He also received the Life Achievement Award from American Film Institute in 1985.

Kelly died after suffering two strokes at the age of 83.

Kelly married three times:

The Gene Kelly Awards, given annually to high school musicals in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, are named in his honor.

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Broadway

  • Coquelico (Producer), Feb 22, 1979 - Apr 1, 1979
  • Flower Drum Song (Director), Dec 1, 1958 - May 7, 1960
  • Best Foot Forward (Choreographer), Oct 1, 1941 - Jul 4, 1942
  • Pal Joey (Performer), Dec 25, 1940 - Nov 29, 1941
  • The Time of Your Life (Choreographer, Performer), Sep 23, 1940 - Oct 19, 1940
  • The Time of Your Life (Performer), Oct 25, 1939 - Apr 6, 1940
  • One For the Money (Performer), Feb 4, 1939 - May 27, 1939
  • Leave It to Me! (Performer), Nov 9, 1938 - Jul 15, 1939

Filmography

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