Saturday, 11 October 2008

Gene Kelly

Screen legend Gene Kelly is best known for dancing through movie musicals of the 1940s and '50s, especially An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952).
He got his start on Broadway in the late 1930s, first as a dancer, then as a choreographer and actor. His star turn in My Pal Joey led to a Hollywood contract, and he first appeared in 1942's For Me and My Gal (opposite Judy Garland. Over the next decade he became a major star, thanks especially to musicals: Anchors Aweigh (1945, famous for his scene dancing with Jerry, the cartoon mouse from Tom and Jerry); Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949); and three movies he made with director Stanley Donen, On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952) and It's Always Fair Weather (1955). Buoyant and athletic, Kelly became the screen's most famous dancer since Fred Astaire.
An ambitious perfectionist who produced, choreographed, acted and directed, Kelly won a special Oscar in 1951. Although his career after the mid-1950s fizzled and he never made much of a mark as a dramatic actor, Kelly's place in cinema history is secure because of the innovations he brought to choreography.


R said...

Im singing in the rain just singing in the rain:-)great post allison

bluedreamer27 said...

hello allison ghheh im glad youre back its been so long huh
by the way i love this post gene kelly esp the singing in the rain i jsut watched the clip video from youtube not the whole movie but i love it
classics are great

Allison said...

Thanks for stopping by blue,I know its been awhile since I've kept up blogging I just found it hard to get back in to the swing of it again after having the girls off school for 6 weeks,but hopefully I'm slowly getting back to it again:-)
Glad you enjoyed the youtube clip,you can't beat the oldies

Allison said...

Hah!r,you are one funny dude:-) thanks for dropping by & especially the little song you left.

bluedreamer27 said...

helloalli just dropping by again to say have a great day to you