Happy birthday, Gene Kelly!

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Of Irish and German lineage, Eugene Curran Kelly was born on August, 23 of 1912, and proceeded to conquer the heart of musicals’ fans everywhere. Since a very early age he was enrolled in a dancing school which he abhorred and abandoned, until he returned to it once more at age fifteen. To help pay the bills he put on vaudeville shows with his brother, Fred Kelly, and taught dance lessons at their parents’ dancing school.

Kelly was hired as choreographer and dancer in Broadway, and his inventive routines and unique talent gained him the attention of the MGM studios, which invited him to participate in the feature film For me and my gal alongside Judy Garland, despite some hesitation on his side.

He soon took charge of the choreography of many of the films he was involved with, and later on he was even allowed to direct his own musical: On the town, where his fructiferous collaboration with assistant choreographer Stanley Donen begun.

A great admirer of Fred Astaire’s work, he once said about the comparison between them: Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat; whilst proceeding to regard Astaire’s captivating grace.

After the decay of the musical genre, Kelly resumed his work on stage and leapt to television. Today, he is an inspiration for dancers all around the world, and his charming smile and unwavering determination have secured him a steady fan base long after his death on February of 1996.

Musical filmography:

For me and my gal (1942)

Du Barry was a Lady (1943)

Thousands cheer (1943)

Cover girl (1944)

Anchors aweigh (1945)

Ziegfeld follies (1945)

Living in a big way (1947)

The pirate (1948)

The three musketeers (1948)

Words and music (1948)

Take me out to the ball game (1949)

On the town (1949)

Summer stock (1950)

An American in Paris (1951)

Singin’ in the rain (1952)

Brigadoon (1954)

Deep in my heart (1954)

It’s always fair weather (1955)

Invitation to dance (1956)

Les girls (1957)

What a way to go! (1964)

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Xanadú (1980)

 

Musicals directed by Kelly:

On the town (1949)

Singin’ in the rain (1952)

It’s always fair weather (1955)

Invitation to dance (1956)

Hello, Dolly! (1969)

That’s entertainment, part II (1976)

 

 

 

V. Wonka

@Shallwedanceblg

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