April 2, 2012
Fred Astaire's 1943 musical comedy-drama "The Sky's the Limit" received mixed reactions from critics, as did Gene Kelly's first film after serving in World War II, 1947's "Living in a Big Way. " But time can change perceptions. Both films, which were just released by Warner Archive on DVD, deserve a second chance. "The Sky's the Limit" finds Astaire as a Flying Tiger pilot on leave. The best moment is when a drunken Astaire introduces the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer standard "One for My Baby (and "One More for the Road")
February 10, 1996
Re Twyla Tharp's Gene Kelly appreciation ("Gene Kelly: The Charming Maestro of Movement," Feb. 7) and her reference to his loafers. It reminded me of the one time I met the great showman. A friend and I were late to an evening of Ghanaian music in the basement of UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in the early '60s. Kelly arrived at the same time and seemed lost, so we walked him down with us. What most struck me were those marvelous, supple, magical penny loafers and his grace of motion. I bought a pair the next day and have worn them ever since.
February 7, 1996 |
Gene Kelly is rightly credited with bringing a massive and much needed dose of vitality, masculinity and athleticism to American dance. The reason for this achievement was simple--Kelly, who died last week at the age of 83, had the common sense to realize the plain fact that there is honor in showing work, in dropping the pretense of effortlessness.
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July 25, 1994
Entertainer Gene Kelly was hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke, officials at UCLA Medical Center said Sunday. Kelly, 81, was in stable condition and resting comfortably, hospital spokesman Chris Woodson said. Kelly, known for his singing and dancing in Hollywood musicals such as "An American in Paris" and "Singin' in the Rain," was admitted to the hospital Saturday, Woodson said. Woodson said he did not know when Kelly would be released.
April 11, 1990 |
"Phantom of the Opera" star and Tony Award winner Michael Crawford says he owes his success to Gene Kelly, who once scolded him out for not being expressive enough. "Without his help I doubt whether I'd have ever reached this point," Crawford said of his mentor in an interview. The two met during the making of the movie version of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1968, when the veteran song-and-dance man was directing Crawford, then 26, in one of his first starring roles.
February 3, 1996 |
Gene Kelly, the exuberant, charismatic hoofer who danced, sang, smiled and splashed his way into the hearts of generations, died Friday after several years of declining health. He was 83. As respected as he was likable, Kelly "died peacefully in his sleep" in his Beverly Hills home with his wife, Patricia, at his bedside, according to his publicist, Warren Cowan. Kelly had suffered strokes in 1994 and 1995 and had been in ill health since then. His life was the stuff of a Hollywood musical.