Kelly in 1943
|Born||Eugene Curran Kelly
August 23, 1912
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 2, 1996
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Citizenship||American (Irish citizenship granted late in life)|
|Education||Peabody High School|
|Alma mater||University of Pittsburgh|
|Occupation||Dancer, choreographer, director, actor, singer, producer|
|Known for||Singin’ in the Rain
An American in Paris
Invitation to the Dance
(m. 1941; div. 1957)
(m. 1960; d. 1973)
I think dancing is a man's game and if he does it well he does it better than a woman.
When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
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.
At 14 I discovered girls. At that time dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship.
I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end 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.
I wanted to do new things with dance, adapt it to the motion picture medium.
I didn't want to be a dancer. I just did it to work my way through college. But I was always an athlete and gymnast, so it came naturally.
I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time.
Things danced on the screen do not look the way they do on the stage. On the stage, dancing is three-dimensional, but a motion picture is two-dimensional.
My mother had gotten a job as a receptionist at a dancing school and had the idea that we should open our own dancing school; we did, and it prospered.