(Reuters) – Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals including Gene Kelly’s landmark “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “On the Town,” has died at age 94, according to media reports.
Donen, who was given an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1998 and wowed the crowd with an impromptu song-and-dance routine, died of a heart attack on Thursday in New York City, the Chicago Tribune said, citing one of his sons, Mark Donen.
Broadway - Dancer - Dance - Sequences - Film
The former Broadway dancer brought hugely imaginative dance sequences to film – Fred Astaire danced up a wall and across a ceiling in “Royal Wedding” (1951) – during a career that established him as one of the masters of the movie musical.
But Donen also excelled in other genres, directing the witty Faustian comedy “Bedazzled” (1967) with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the romance-thriller “Charade” (1963) with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and the romantic comedy “Indiscreet” (1958) with Grant and Ingrid Bergman.
Singin - Rain - Donen - Kelly - Classic
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), which Donen co-directed with Kelly, is a song-and-dance classic hailed by the American Film Institute in 2006 as the greatest movie musical ever made.
The film boasts one of most memorable sequences in the history of American cinema – Kelly singing the title song while carrying a umbrella and dancing through a downpour on a street-scene set in an acrobatic, virtuoso solo performance.
Movie - Hollywood - Films - Silent - Talkies
The movie, set in the Hollywood of 1927 as films transitioned from silent to talkies – was only a modest success at the time of its release but gained stature over the years.
Unlike many other musicals, it was made expressly for film and was not an adaptation of a Broadway show. Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen and Cyd Charisse co-starred.
Donen - Town - Kelly - Frank
Donen also co-directed “On the Town” (1949) with Kelly, who starred with Frank...
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