Born In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Gene Kelly, whose name is synonymous with dance, was a leading figure of Hollywood musical films of the mid-1940s. His dancing style which was based on ballet, made a serious impact on the film industry for the first time. He proved that dance is not typically a woman’s forte and that men can excel in it too. At that time when dance, especially ballet, was restricted to the theatres only, he was instrumental in introducing it into the films. Soon, dancing was not just a part of the film, but films began to be made on dance! He danced his way to glory in the peak days of Hollywood musicals, choreographing in almost all of his films. Kelly laid a great impression upon the film industry owing to his innate ability to think out of the box. He was not just focused on achieving perfection in dancing, but also experimented with his style in almost every film, making the best use of lighting, camera techniques and special effects to render extraordinary visuals. He believed that dancing in films is not any different, but if one is to make a film on dancing, it is bound to have more than just plain dancing. Kelly certainly achieved what he aspired to and also made way for other actors/dancers who come to Hollywood with similar dreams.
Also Known As: Gene Kelly
Died At Age: 83
Spouse/Ex-: Betsy Blair (m. 1941–1957), Jeanne Coyne (m. 1960–1973), Patricia Ward (m. 1990–1996)
father: James Patrick Joseph Kelly
mother: Harriet Catherine
siblings: Fred Kelly
children: Bridget Kelly, Kerry Kelly, Timothy Kelly
Born Country: United States
place of death: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Diseases & Disabilities: Stroke
U.S. State: Pennsylvania
Ancestry: German American, Canadian American, Irish American
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
education: University of Pittsburgh
awards: 1985 - AFI Life Achievement Award
1981 - Cecil B. DeMille Award
1988 - Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
1942 – Best Actor award from the National Board of Review for his performance in For Me and My Gal
1956 – Golden Bear at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for Invitation to the Dance
1981 – Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes.
1982 – Lifetime Achievement Award in the fifth annual Kennedy Center Honors.
1985 – Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
1989 – Life Achievement Award from Screen Actors Guild.
1991 – Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera inaugurates The Gene Kelly Awards
given annually to high-school musicals in Allegheny County
1992 – Induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.
1994 – National Medal of Arts awarded by United States President Bill Clinton.
1994 – The Three Tenors performed