Gene Kelly – A Pictorial

 

“I never wanted to be a dancer. It’s true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

Gene Kelly Portrait 1958

Gene Kelly (1958 portrait)

 

“I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

 

“I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer and taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn’t worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

Gene Kelly from "Summer Stock" (1950)

Gene Kelly from “Summer Stock” (1950)

 

“I arrived in Hollywood twenty pounds overweight and as strong as an ox. But if I put on a white tails and tux like Fred Astaire, I still looked like a truck driver.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

Gene Kelly with Esther Williams and Frank Sinatra in a promo for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1949)

Gene Kelly with Esther Williams and Frank Sinatra in a promo for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1949)

 

“I took it as it came and it happened to be very nice.” ~ Gene Kelly on his career.

 

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly arrive in New York 1958

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly arrive in New York 1958

 

“Kids talk to me and say they want to do musicals again because they’ve studied the tapes of the old films. We didn’t have that. We thought once we had made it, even on film, it was gone except for the archives.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

Gene Kelly with daughter Kerry 1942

Gene Kelly with daughter Kerry 1942

 

“There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.” ~ Gene Kelly

 

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3 Responses to “Gene Kelly – A Pictorial”

  1. […] Francis movie a year until 1955. In what is his most famous role, O’Connor starred opposite Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) . His role as Cosmo the piano […]

  2. […] Gene Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Kelly’s best known films include “Cover Girl” (1944), “Anchors Aweigh” (1945), “On the Town” (1949), “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1949), “An American in Paris” (1951), “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) and “Les Girls” (1957). Gene Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors (1982), and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute numbered Gene Kelly 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list. […]

  3. […] made by MGM and directed by George Cukor with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The film stars Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina […]

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