Saturday, April 12, 2014
K for Gene Kelly
BORN: August 23, 1912
DIED: February 2, 1996
AGED: 83 ys from sepsis, coronary disease. Suffered major stroke year earlier
MARRIED: 3 times-Betsy Blair, Jeanne Coyne(he was widowed). last one was only 36 yrs old and he was 77. Men say: Alright!!! Women say: Eeeewwwwww, really??
Amazing dancer, right beside Fred Astaire (like apples and oranges). Loved the athletic style of dance and would incorporate ballet as well. Loved camera techniques-dances with Jerry the Mouse from Tom and Jerry (you tube it). Demanding taskmaster, temperamental. Loved to direct too-"Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand. tried to preserve the wonderful art of the musical to new people through the That's Entertainment films.
FILMS: For Me and My Gal, Covergirl, Anchors Aweigh, On the Town, An American in Paris, Singing In The Rain, Invitation to the Dance, and, yes, Xanadu (should we laugh or cry)