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Gene Kelly is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Choreographer American born on 23 august 1912 at Pittsburgh (USA)

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly
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Birth name Eugene Curran Kelly
Nationality USA
Birth 23 august 1912 at Pittsburgh (USA)
Death 2 february 1996 (at 83 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award, National Medal of Arts

Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen.

Best known today for his performances in films such as An American in Paris (1951), Anchors Aweigh (1945), and Singin' in the Rain (1952), he was a dominant force in musical films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors (1982), and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema list.

Biography

Marriages

Kelly married actress Betsy Blair in 1941. They had one child, Kerry, and divorced in April 1957.

In 1960, Kelly married his choreographic assistant Jeanne Coyne, who had divorced Stanley Donen in 1949 after a brief marriage. He remained married to Coyne until her death in 1973. They had two children, Bridget and Tim. He was married to Patricia Ward from 1990 until his death in 1996.


Political and religious views
Kelly was a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party. His period of greatest prominence coincided with the McCarthy era in the U.S. In 1947, he was part of the Committee for the First Amendment, the Hollywood delegation that flew to Washington to protest at the first official hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. His first wife, Betsy Blair, was suspected of being a Communist sympathizer and when United Artists, who had offered Blair a part in Marty (1955), were considering withdrawing her under pressure from the American Legion, Kelly successfully threatened MGM's influence on United Artists with a pullout from It's Always Fair Weather unless his wife was restored to the part. He used his position on the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, West on a number of occasions to mediate disputes between unions and the Hollywood studios.

He was raised as a Roman Catholic, and he was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. However, after becoming disenchanted by the Roman Catholic Church's support for Francisco Franco against the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War, he officially severed his ties with the church in September 1939. This separation was prompted, in part, by a trip Kelly made to Mexico in which he became convinced of the Church’s failure in helping the poor. After his departure from the Catholic Church, Kelly became an agnostic and remained so for the rest of his life. He retained a lifelong passion for sports and relished competition. He was known as a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees. From the mid-1940s through the early 1950s, he and Blair organized weekly parties at their Beverly Hills home, and they often played an intensely competitive and physical version of charades, known as "The Game".

After his death it was reported that Kelly had donated money to the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) during the 1970s. His papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Best films

Hello, Dolly! (1969)
(Director)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
(Actor)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
(Actor)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
(Actor)
An American in Paris (1951)
(Actor)
On the Town (1949)
(Actor)

Usually with

Arthur Freed
Arthur Freed
(13 films)
Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(13 films)
Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse
(11 films)
Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen
(6 films)
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gene Kelly (51 films)

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Actor

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, 1h33
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Rosie Perez, David Byrne, Lee Daniels, Carole Bayer Sager
Rating73% 3.6927453.6927453.6927453.6927453.692745
Ce documentaire relate l'ascension du roi de la pop, Michael Jackson, à travers la création de son album solo historique, Off the Wall.
The Young Girls Turn 25, 1h4
Directed by Agnès Varda
Origin France
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Mag Bodard, Françoise Dorléac, Agnès Varda, George Chakiris, Danielle Darrieux, Jacques Demy
Roles Himself (archive footage)
Rating68% 3.4320853.4320853.4320853.4320853.432085
C’est un documentaire en hommage à Jacques Demy et à son oeuvre Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, film qui fut tourné pendant l'été 1966. La ville de Rochefort organisa une grande fête en 1992 pour célébrer les 25 ans de la sortie du film en 1967. Profitant de l’occasion Agnès Varda a tourné ce documentaire en mêlant des plans du tournage de l’époque en 1966 par Varda elle-même, des extraits, des interviews d’acteurs et figurants Rochefortais qui ont participé au tournage du film.
Sins (TV miniseries), 5h20
Directed by Douglas Hickox
Origin USA
Actors Joan Collins, Timothy Dalton, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Marisa Berenson, Steven Berkoff, Joseph Bologna
Roles Eric Hovland
Rating73% 3.6773453.6773453.6773453.6773453.677345
Helene Junot is a successful businesswoman and a leading name in the world of fashion. In 1980s New York, she attends a reception for the launch of her new magazine, "Woman Of Today", which could make or break her publishing company. Meanwhile, several people from Helene's past are conspiring to destroy her.
Mickey's Christmas Carol, 26minutes
Directed by Burny Mattinson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Christmas films, Time travel films, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Ghost films, Mise en scène d'un canard, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Clarence Nash, Hal Smith, Ethel Merman, Gene Kelly
Rating80% 4.0366954.0366954.0366954.0366954.036695
Le soir de Noël, l'égoïste et acariâtre Ebenezer Scrooge reçoit la visite du fantôme de son ancien associé, Jacob Marley. Celui-ci tente de le convaincre de l'immoralité de son métier d'usurier. Jacob lui-même, qui « escroquait les veuves et grugeait les pauvres », montre à Ebenezer les lourdes chaînes qu'il est condamné à porter « pour l'éternité… et peut-être même au-delà ». Jacob menace Ebenezer de la damnation s'il ne revient pas à une conduite plus morale.
Reporters
Reporters (1981)
, 1h30
Directed by Raymond Depardon
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about the visual arts, Photographie
Actors Ursula Andress, François Caron, Coluche, Mireille Darc, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve
Rating69% 3.4668453.4668453.4668453.4668453.466845
Le métier de reporters filmé par le réalisateur et photographe Raymond Depardon. Caméra à l'épaule et sans aucun commentaire, ce film est caractéristique d'une certaine forme de cinéma direct.
Xanadu
Xanadu (1980)
, 1h33
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films based on mythology, Sports films, Musical films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly, James Sloyan, Dimitra Arliss, Sandahl Bergman
Roles Danny McGuire
Rating52% 2.601312.601312.601312.601312.60131
Sonny Malone is a talented artist who dreams of fame beyond his job, which is the non-creative task of painting larger versions of album covers for record-store window advertisements. As the film opens, Sonny is broke and on the verge of giving up his dream. Having quit his day job to try to make a living as a freelance artist, but having failed to make any money at it, Sonny returns to his old job at AirFlo Records. After some humorous run-ins with his imperious boss and nemesis, Simpson, he resumes painting record covers.
Viva Knievel!, 1h46
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Evel Knievel, Gene Kelly, Lauren Hutton, Red Buttons, Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Mitchell
Roles Will Atkins
Rating28% 1.4295051.4295051.4295051.4295051.429505
Daredevil motorcycle rider Evel Knievel stars as himself in this fictional story. The film opens with Knievel sneaking into an orphanage late at night to deliver presents: Evel Knievel action figures. One of the boys casts away his crutches, telling Knievel that he'll walk after his accident just as Knievel had.
40 Carats
40 Carats (1973)
, 1h50
Directed by Mike Frankovich, Milton George Katselas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Liv Ullmann, Edward Albert, Gene Kelly, Binnie Barnes, Deborah Raffin, Nancy Walker
Roles Billy Boylan
Rating62% 3.149893.149893.149893.149893.14989
Ann Stanley, who sells real estate in New York City, is on vacation [by herself] with her mother in Greece when her car breaks down. To her rescue comes a young man on a motor [scooter] bike, Peter Latham, who has a difficult time persuading Ann to accept a ride.
The Young Girls of Rochefort, 2h
Directed by Jacques Demy
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Jumeaux ou jumelles
Actors Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Michel Piccoli, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly, Jacques Perrin
Roles Andy Miller
Rating75% 3.799783.799783.799783.799783.79978
The Young Girls of Rochefort takes place over the course of one weekend in the seaside town of Rochefort, where a fair is coming to the town square. The story centers on twin sisters Delphine (Deneuve) and Solange (Dorléac) — Delphine teaches ballet classes and Solange gives music lessons for a living, but each longs to find her ideal love and a life outside of Rochefort. When the fair comes to town, Delphine and Solange meet two smooth-talking but kind-hearted carnies, Étienne (George Chakiris) and Bill (Grover Dale).
What a Way to Go!, 1h51
Directed by John Flynn, J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Black comedy, Romance
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Robert Cummings
Roles Pinky Benson
Rating69% 3.499353.499353.499353.499353.49935
In a dream-like pre-credit sequence, Louisa May Foster (Shirley MacLaine), dressed as a black-clad widow, descends a pink staircase in a pink mansion. As she reaches the bottom, she is followed by pall-bearers carrying a pink coffin. As they round the bend in the staircase, the pallbearers drop the coffin, which sleds down the stairs, leading into the opening titles.
Inherit the Wind, 2h8
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan
Roles E.K. Hornbeck
Rating80% 4.0485954.0485954.0485954.0485954.048595
In a small Southern town, a school teacher, Bertram Cates, is about to stand trial. His offense: violating a state law by introducing to his students the concept that man descended from the apes, a theory of the naturalist Charles Darwin. Cates is vigorously denounced by town leaders such as the Rev. Jeremiah Brown.