Gene Kelly

Dancer + Actor + Singer + Director + Producer + Choreographer
Born Aug 23, 1912

For people named Jean Kelly, see Jean Kelly. Gene Kelly File:Gene kelly. jpgKelly in 1943. Born Eugene Curran KellyTemplate:Safesubst:August 23, 1912(1912-08-23)Template:Safesubst:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Disappeared Template:Safesubst: Template:Safesubst:Died February 2, 1996(1996-02-02) (aged 83)Template:Safesubst:Beverly Hills, California, U.S.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on August 23, 1912.


1929 16 Years Old He entered Pennsylvania State College as a journalism major, but the 1929 crash forced him to work to help his family. … Read More
1931 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931, Kelly enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study economics, joining the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. … Read More


1937 24 Years Old In 1937, having successfully managed and developed the family's dance school business, he finally did move to New York City in search of work as a choreographer. … Read More
1938 25 Years Old 1 More Event
After a fruitless search for work in New York, Kelly returned to Pittsburgh to his first position as a choreographer with the Charles Gaynor musical revue Hold Your Hats at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in April 1938. … Read More
1939 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939, he was selected for a musical revue, One for the Money, produced by the actress Katharine Cornell, who was known for finding and hiring talented young actors.
1940 27 Years Old In 1940 he got the lead role in Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, again choreographed by Robert Alton. … Read More
Kelly married actress Betsy Blair in 1941. They had one child, Kerry (b. 1942), and divorced in April 1957.


1944 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At the end of 1944, Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Service and was commissioned as lieutenant junior grade. … Read More
1946 33 Years Old After Kelly returned to Hollywood in 1946, MGM had nothing planned and used him in a routine, black-and-white movie: Living in a Big Way. … Read More
1951 38 Years Old At the peak of his creative powers, Kelly made what in retrospect some see as a mistake. In December 1951, he signed a contract with MGM that sent him to Europe for nineteen months to use MGM funds frozen in Europe to make three pictures while personally benefiting from tax exemptions. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old When Kelly returned to Hollywood in 1953, the film musical was already beginning to feel the pressures from television, and MGM cut the budget for his next picture Brigadoon (1954), with Cyd Charisse, forcing him to make the film on studio back lots instead of on location in Scotland. … Read More
1958 45 Years Old In 1958, he directed Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play Flower Drum Song.
Early in 1960, Kelly, an ardent Francophile and fluent French speaker, was invited by A. M. Julien, the general administrator of the Paris Opéra and Opéra-Comique, to select his own material and create a modern ballet for the company, the first time an American had received such an assignment. … Read More
1962 49 Years Old In 1962 he directed Jackie Gleason in Gigot in Paris, but the film was drastically re-cut by Seven Arts Productions and flopped. … Read More


1963 50 Years Old …  In 1963, Kelly joined Universal Pictures for a two-year stint.
1965 52 Years Old He joined 20th Century Fox in 1965, but had little to do—partly due to his decision to decline assignments away from Los Angeles for family reasons. … Read More
1970 57 Years Old In 1970, he made another TV special: Gene Kelly and 50 Girls and was invited to bring the show to Las Vegas, Nevada—which he did for an eight-week stint on the condition he be paid more than any artist had ever been paid there. … Read More


1973 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, he worked again with Frank Sinatra as part of Sinatra's Emmy nominated TV special, Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra.
1974 - 1977 2 More Events
1980 67 Years Old Kelly continued to make frequent TV appearances and, in 1980, appeared in an acting and dancing role with Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu (1980)—an expensive theatrical flop that has since attained a cult following. … Read More
1985 72 Years Old In 1985 Kelly served as executive producer and co-host of That's Dancing! – a celebration of the history of dance in the American musical. … Read More
1990 77 Years Old He was married to Patricia Ward from 1990 until his death in 1996. … Read More
1994 81 Years Old …  A stroke in July 1994 resulted in a seven-week hospital stay and another stroke in early 1995 left Kelly mostly bedridden in his Beverly Hills home.
1996 84 Years Old He died in his sleep at 8:15 a.m. on February 2, 1996, and was cremated, without funeral or memorial services. … Read More
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