August 23, 1912
Eugene Curran Kelly
February 2, 1996
If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando.
Gene, dancing since childhood, was a dance instructor before making it to Broadway. In 1940 got his break with a starring part in Pal Joey. Kelly moved to Hollywood in 1941 and soon starred in his first film, For Me and My Gal (1942).
Gene spent most of his film career at MGM which produced Hollywood's finest musicals, but at the Columbia studio he started to revolutionize the Hollywood musical with his free-flowing, imaginative dance routines. In Ziegfeld Follies (1946) Gene teamed with Fred Astaire and in The Pirate (1948) he danced with Judy Garland.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) was the first cooperation with choreographic partner Stanley Donen and from 1949 they directed three sparkling musicals, including the famous Singing in the rain (1952). Les Girls (1957) was Kelly's last starring musical.
1952 Honorary Award
1946 Nominated Best Actor for: Anchors Aweigh (1945)
- Singin' in the rain (1952)
- Inherit the wind (1960)
- On the town (1949)
- An American in Paris (1951)
- Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
- The three Musketeers (1948)
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