Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Gene Kelly (1912-1996) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Will be forever remembered stomping through puddles in the title song of beloved musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), Gene Kelly's career features a short peak, but a lasting legacy. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Kelly started dancing seriously in his teens. He graduated the University of Pittsburgh in 1933, and was soon working for a local dance studio partly owned by his mother. Kelly didn't pursue a show biz career until 1938, but by the end of that year had made his Broadway debut in Leave It to Me! The Time of Your Life (1940) was a Broadway breakthrough, and Pal Joey (1940) made him a star. In 1941 Kelly married Betsy Blair and signed a Hollywood contract with David O. Selznick, who loaned him to MGM for Kelly's debut film For Me and My Gal (1942) starring Judy Garland. MGM bought his contract, used him a few times, then loaned him to Columbia for Cover Girl (1944) and Kelly emerged a full-fledged movie star. He famously danced alongside Jerry, the mouse from the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, in Anchors Aweigh (1945), and alongside Fred Astaire in Ziegfeld Follies (1946). He teamed with Stanley Donen as co-directors of three films including On the Town (1949) and Singin' in the Rain, and in between Kelly had his other great hit as star of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture An American in Paris (1951) for director Vincente Minnelli. In the '60s he continued to act, starred in the ABC TV series Going My Way, and directed films such as Gigot (1962) and Hello, Dolly! (1969). He was a host of the popular tribute to MGM musicals That's Entertainment! (1974), and returned as a host and director of its second installment in 1976. Kelly's final theatrical release as an actor was Xanadu (1980). He never won a competitive Oscar, but was nominated as Best Actor for Anchors Aweigh and had an Honorary Academy Award bestowed upon him in 1952 for his screen versatility and "brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film." Kelly was married three times. He suffered multiple strokes in the mid-1990s and died at age 83 in 1996.
Birthday: August 23
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