Stanley Donen

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Stanley Donen was born April 13th 1924 in Columbia South Carolina. Since he was a child Stanley attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17 in the chorus of Pal Joey, Stanley soon began a fruitful collaboration with the show's star, Gene Kelly, assisting with the choreography for the show Best Foot Forward in 1941.

Stanley then headed to Hollywood, repeating his jobs as assistant choreographer and chorus dancer in the film version of Best Foot Forward 1943. Stanley worked steadily as a choreographer for the rest of the decade, including on Kelly's Cover Girl 1944 for Columbia.

After moving to MGM in 1945, Stanley continued to collaborate with Kelly, choreographing such films as Anchorbegs Aweigh 1945 and Living in a Big Way 1947. Stanley’s career kicked into high gear when he began working with storied MGM producer Arthur Freed, co-choreographing and co-writing Busby Berkeley's Kelly and Frank Sinatra musical Take Me Out to the Ballgame 1949.

Stanley’s last silver screen accomplishment was the 1984 comedy, Blame it on Rio. Stanley was married several times, including to actress Mimieux.

 

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