Gene Kelly Biography

Birthday: 1912-08-23
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: M-G-M was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941. He came direct from the hit 1940 original Broadway production of "Pal Joey" and planned to return to the Broadway stage after making the one film required by his contract. His first picture for M-G-M was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at M-G-M. The talent pool was especially large during World War II, when Hollywood was a refuge for many musicians and others in the performing arts of Europe who were forced to flee the Nazis. After the war, a new generation was coming of age. Those who saw An American in Paris (1951) would try to make real life as romantic as the reel life they saw portrayed in that musical, and the first time they saw Paris, they were seeing again in memory the seventeen-minute ballet sequence set to the title song written by George Gershwin and choreographed by Kelly. The sequence cost a half million dollars (U.S.) to make in 1951 dollars. Another Kelly musical of the era, Singin' in the Rain (1952), was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry. Kelly was in the same league as Fred Astaire, but instead of a top hat and tails Kelly wore work clothes that went with his masculine, athletic dance style.

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Thousands Cheer 1943
DuBarry Was a Lady 1943 Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
For Me and My Gal Harry Palmer 1943 Musical, Romance
Cover Girl Danny McGuire 1944 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Christmas Holiday 1944 Drama
Anchors Aweigh 1945 0, 0, Biography
Ziegfeld Follies 1946 Comedy, Musical
Living in a Big Way Leo Gogarty 1947
The Pirate Serafin 1948
Words and Music 1948 Comedy, Musical
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Eddie O'Brien 1949
On the Town Gabey 1949
An American in Paris Jerry Mulligan 1951 0, 0, 0
Summer Stock 1951 Musical, Romance
The Devil Makes Three 1952 Crime, Romance, Thriller
Deep in My Heart 1954 0, 0
Brigadoon Tommy Albright 1954 Fantasy, Musical, Romance
It's Always Fair Weather Ted Riley 1955 0, Biography, 0
Invitation to the Dance Sinbad 1956 Animation, Fantasy, Musical
Les Girls Barry Nichols 1957
The Happy Road 1957 Comedy
Marjorie Morningstar 1958 Drama, Romance
Inherit the Wind E. K. Hornbeck 1960
What a Way to Go! 1964 Comedy, Romance, Musical
40 Carats 1973 Biography
Viva Knievel! 1977 0, Game Show
Xanadu Danny McGuire 1980 Fantasy, Musical, Romance
That's Dancing! Host 1985
North and South Sen. Charles Edwards 1985 Drama, History, Romance
Pirate Serafin 2006