Stanley Donen

Film Director and Choreographer
Born Apr 13, 1924

Stanley Donen; is an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are Singin' in the Rain and On the Town, both of which he co-directed with actor and dancer Gene Kelly. His other noteworthy films include Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, Indiscreet, Damn Yankees!, Charade, and Two for the Road. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1998 for his body of work and a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival in 2004.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Stanley Donen.


1924 Birth Born in 1924.


1937 13 Years Old Stanley Donen was born in Columbia, South Carolina to Mordecai Moses Donen, a dress-shop manager, and Helen (Cohen), the daughter of a jewelry salesman. His younger sister Carla Donen Davis was born in August 1937. … Read More
1940 16 Years Old …  Encouraged by his mother, he moved to New York City to pursue dancing on stage in the fall of 1940. … Read More
1942 18 Years Old Eventually Donen was fired from Best Foot Forward, but in 1942 was the stage manager and assistant choreographer for Abbott's next show Beat the Band. … Read More


Donen accepted and choreographed three dance sequences with Kelly in 1944's Cover Girl. … Read More
1947 - 1951 4 More Events
In 1952 Kelly was at the height of his fame after the release of An American in Paris. … Read More
1953 29 Years Old In 1953 Donen made the musical Give a Girl a Break. … Read More


1954 30 Years Old Later in 1954 Donen made Deep in My Heart, a biography of the Hungarian-born American operetta composer Sigmund Romberg starring José Ferrer. … Read More
…  Donen's relationship with Kelly deteriorated in 1955 during their final collaboration on It's Always Fair Weather. … Read More
While in pre-production on Funny Face, Donen received a letter from his old boss George Abbott inviting him to make a film version of his stage hit The Pajama Game at Warner Brothers. As part of the deal to secure the Warner-owned Gershwin music he wanted for Funny Face, Donen accepted the offer and he and Abbott co-directed the film version in 1957. … Read More
1958 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Donen and Grant inaugurated their company in 1958 with Indiscreet, based on a play by Norman Krasna and starring Grant and Ingrid Bergman. … Read More
1959 35 Years Old In 1959, Donen's father, Mordecai, died at 59 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
…  His first film under this contract was Once More, with Feeling! in 1960. … Read More
1963 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963 Donen made one of his most praised films: Charade, starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy and Ned Glass. … Read More


1966 42 Years Old In 1966 Donen made another Hitchcock-inspired film: Arabesque, starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. … Read More
1967 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967 Donen made Two for the Road, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney with supporting roles by Eleanor Bron, William Daniels, and Jacqueline Bisset early in her career. … Read More
1969 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969 Donen directed Staircase, an adaptation of the autobiographical stage play by Charles Dyer with music by Moore. … Read More
1970 46 Years Old After Donen's marriage to Adelle Beatty ended, he moved back to Hollywood in 1970. … Read More


1980 56 Years Old In 1980 Donen made the science fiction film Saturn 3, starring Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel. … Read More


1984 60 Years Old Donen's last theatrical film was the May – December romance Blame It on Rio in 1984. … Read More
1986 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986 Donen produced the televised ceremony of the 58th Academy Awards, which included a musical performance of the song "Once a Star, Always a Star" with June Allyson, Leslie Caron, Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Esther Williams.
In 1989 Donen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. … Read More
1991 - 2013 4 More Events
2014 90 Years Old In celebration of Donen's 90th birthday in 2014, a retrospective of his work titled "A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen" was held from July to August in Columbia, South Carolina. … Read More
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