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Inspired by Fred Astaire 's dancing in Flying Down to Rio , Stanley Donen pronounced 'Dawn-en' attended dance classes from the age of ten.
He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline Cohen and Mordecai Moses Donen, a dress-shop manager, of Russian-Jewish Born: April 13 , in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
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Deep in My Heart , is Donen's biographical film concerning Sigmund Romberg , the Hungarian-born American operetta composer.
Although it received mediocre reviews, Romberg's status helped make the film a hit. Donen's third and final directorial collaboration with Kelly was It's Always Fair Weather , another musical.
It starred Kelly, Dan Dailey , Cyd Charisse , Michael Kidd, and Dolores Gray. Originally envisioned as a sequel to On the Town , Kelly, Dailey and Kidd play three ex-GIs who reunite 10 years after World War II and discover that none of their lives have turned out how they had expected.
Their friendship deteriorated during production  and Donen noted, "the atmosphere from day one was very tense and nobody was speaking to anybody.
It was Donen's last film with Kelly or Freed. His last project for MGM was completing the final four days of shooting on Kismet in July for director Vincent Minnelli.
Donen's next film was at Paramount Pictures for producer Roger Edens. Funny Face contains four of the original George and Ira Gershwin songs from the otherwise unrelated Broadway musical of the same name that had starred Fred Astaire.
Loosely based on the life of fashion photographer Richard Avedon , who was also the visual consultant and designed the opening title sequence for the film, it was written by Leonard Gershe and included additional music by Gershe and Edens.
Eventually a deal was reached that both released Donen from his MGM contract and allowed him to make his next two films at Paramount and Warner Brothers respectively.
While in pre-production on Funny Face , Donen received a letter from his old boss George Abbott inviting him to make a film version of Abbott's stage hit The Pajama Game at Warner Brothers.
As part of the deal to secure the Warner-owned Gershwin music he wanted for Funny Face , Donen accepted the offer  : and he and Abbott co-directed the film version.
Raitt plays a plant supervisor at a nightwear factory who is in constant disputes with the plant's union organizer Day , until they end up falling in love.
The Pajama Game exists to prove it. Donen's next film was Kiss Them for Me also He was personally asked by Cary Grant to direct and began developing it while still under contract at MGM.
Unlike On the Town , Kiss Them for Me is a dark comedy that contrasts the officers' selfless heroism with their self-absorbed hedonism while on leave.
The film received mostly poor reviews. After three films released in , Donen became an independent producer and director. He had reluctantly agreed to direct Kiss Them for Me on condition that 20th Century Fox buy out his remaining contract with MGM.
Donen and Grant inaugurated their company with Indiscreet , based on a play by Norman Krasna and starring Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Because of Bergman's schedule, the film was shot on location in London.
Bergman plays a famous and reclusive actress who falls in love with the supposedly married playboy-diplomat Grant. When Bergman discovers that he has been lying about having a wife, she concocts a charade with another man in order to win Grant's full affection.
A scene in the film involves Donen's clever circumvention of the strict Production Code. In the scene, Grant is in Paris while Bergman is still in London and the two exchange pillow talk over the phone.
Donen used a split screen of the two stars with synchronized movements to make it appear as though they were in the same bed together.
The film was a financial and critical success,  : and Donen was compared to such directors as Ernst Lubitsch and George Cukor. Donen briefly returned to the musical genre with Damn Yankees!
He again co-directed with Abbott in the same hands-off collaboration as their first film. It starred Tab Hunter , Gwen Verdon , and Ray Walston.
Damn Yankees! Walston plays the Brooks Brothers -attired Devil who grants the fan his wish and transforms him into the muscular young hitter Joe Hardy Hunter.
After Indiscreet Donen made England his home until the early s. He observed that his "London base afforded me the advantage of being away from the Hollywood rat race.
Just going your own way in spite of whatever anyone else is doing or in spite of what you've done already was satisfying. I also had the advantage of the European influence: their way of looking at life, of making movies.
In the late s, Donen signed a non-exclusive, three-film deal with Columbia Pictures. Adapted by Harry Kurnitz from his own stage play, the film was shot in Paris and starred Yul Brynner as a tyrannical orchestra conductor whose mistress Kay Kendall grows tired of his tantrums and plots to marry him in order to quickly divorce him for his money.
Kendall was terminally ill with leukemia during the shoot and died before its release. The film was not successful financially or critically.
Donen quickly re-teamed with Brynner and Kurnitz for the film Surprise Package also In this film Brynner plays an American gangster who is deported to the Greek island of Rhodes.
The film was not a financial success, and Donen stated that it was made because he "desperately needed money for personal reasons.
The studio cancelled the deal after their poor box-office returns, and Donen was unable to produce the projects that he was pursuing at that time: playwright Robert Bolt 's A Man for All Seasons and A Patch of Blue , both of which became successful films for other directors.
Grandon Productions produced Donen's next film: The Grass Is Greener , released through Universal Pictures in December Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr play the earl and countess of a large estate in England who are forced to permit guided tours of their mansion in order to help their financial problems.
Robert Mitchum plays an American oil tycoon who falls in love with Kerr and Jean Simmons plays an eccentric American heiress who is Grant's former girlfriend.
The film was a financial disappointment in the United States, but was successful in England where the original stage version had been a West End hit.
One of Donen's most praised films was Charade , starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau , James Coburn , George Kennedy and Ned Glass.
Donen said that he had "always wanted to make a movie like one of my favorites, Hitchcock 's North by Northwest "  : and the film has been referred to as "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made.
Peter Joshua Grant befriends Reggie and helps her fight off the three thugs while the two begin to fall in love.
The film was released in December , only two weeks after the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy , and the word "assassinate" had to be redubbed twice.
Donen made another Hitchcock-inspired film with Arabesque , starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. The film was written by Julian Mitchell and Stanley Price , with an uncredited rewrite by Peter Stone.
He is approached by a Middle Eastern prime minister to investigate an organization that is attempting to assassinate him and uses hieroglyphic codes to communicate.
The investigation leads Peck to one mystery after another, often involving the prime minister's mysterious mistress Loren. The film was Donen's second consecutive hit.
Donen made Two for the Road , starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney with Eleanor Bron , William Daniels , and Jacqueline Bisset in supporting roles.
The film was conceived by Donen and written by novelist Frederic Raphael , who was nominated for an Academy Award.
It was moderately successful at the box-office while the critical reception was extremely mixed. While living in England, Donen became an admirer of the British stage revue Beyond the Fringe and wished to work with two of the show's participants, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
It was written by Cook with music by Moore, and also starred Eleanor Bron and Raquel Welch. Moore plays a lonely young man whose unrequited love of his co-worker Bron drives him to attempt suicide.
Just then the devil Cook appears and offers him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. The film's fun-loving association with the Swinging London of the s divided critics, but Roger Ebert called its satire "barbed and contemporary Staircase is Donen's adaptation of the autobiographical stage play by Charles Dyer with music by Dudley Moore.
Rex Harrison and Richard Burton star as a middle-aged gay couple who run a London barber shop and live together in a "bad marriage".
It received poor reviews upon release, but was re-evaluated by film critic Armond White in He called the film "a rare Hollywood movie to depict gay experience with wisdom, humor and warmth", and "a lost treasure".
After Donen's marriage to Adelle Beatty ended, he moved back to Hollywood in Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe wrote the music and screenplay and filming was done on location in Tunisia.
It was Donen's first musical film since Damn Yankees! Although it contained very little dancing, Fosse choreographed his own dance scenes as the snake.
Lerner stated that Donen "took it upon himself to change every tempo, delete musical phrases at will and distort the intention of every song until the entire score was unrecognizable".
Donen's next film was Lucky Lady , starring Liza Minnelli , Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds. Minnelli plays a Prohibition era bootlegger who smuggles alcohol from Mexico to California with the help of Hackman and Reynolds, who both compete for her affection.
Donen stated that he "really cared about [the film] and gave three years of my life to it I think it's a very good movie. Most critics were unenthusiastic; however, Jay Cocks praised the film for having "the glistening surface and full-throttle frivolity that characterized Hollywood films in the s.
Nostalgia for old Hollywood movies would be a theme of Donen's next film: Movie Movie , produced by Lew Grade 's ITC Entertainment and scripted by Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller.
The film is actually two shorter films presented as an old fashioned double feature , complete with a fake movie trailer and an introduction by comedian George Burns.
It starred George C. Scott , Trish Van Devere , Red Buttons , Michael Kidd and Eli Wallach and premiered in competition at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival in The first of the two films is Dynamite Hands , a black and white tribute to boxing — morality films.
The second film is Baxter's Beauties of , a tribute to the extravagant musicals of Busby Berkeley. Donen made the science fiction film Saturn 3 , starring Kirk Douglas , Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel.
Donen first read the script when its writer and Movie Movie ' s set designer John Barry showed it to him, prompting Donen to pass it along to Lew Grade.
Donen was initially hired to produce, but Grade asked him to complete the film when first-time director Barry was unable to direct.
Donen eventually dropped out of the project and David Cronenberg directed the film a few years later. Boam stated that Donen was initially attracted to making the film because he wanted to "connect with contemporary youthful audiences" and that the script that they worked on together was "very close to the script that David wound up making.
Donen's last theatrical film was the May — December romance Blame It on Rio It stars Michael Caine , Joseph Bologna , Michelle Johnson , Valerie Harper and Demi Moore and was shot on location in Rio de Janeiro.
Caine and Bologna play wealthy executives on vacation with their families in Rio, where Caine has an affair with Bologna's teenage daughter Johnson.
It received poor reviews, but was a modest success financially. In , Donen produced the televised ceremony of the 58th Academy Awards , which included a musical performance of the song "Once a Star, Always a Star" with June Allyson , Leslie Caron , Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson , Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Esther Williams.
Also in Donen directed a musical sequence for an episode of the popular TV series Moonlighting and directed the music video for Lionel Richie 's song " Dancing on the Ceiling ".
In his commencement address, Donen stated that he thought he was unique in being the first tap dancer to be a doctor and then tap danced for the graduates.
In , Donen was preparing to produce and direct a movie musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson 's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Michael Jackson.
After allegations that Jackson had molested young boys at his Neverland Ranch became a tabloid scandal, the project was abandoned.
He replaced the original director Susan Schulman just six weeks before the show opened. It closed after four days.
In , Donen was chosen to receive that year's Honorary Academy Award , "in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation.
Scorsese gave tribute to Donen speaking about his career and his impact on film before playing a montage of his work in the movies from Singin' in the Rain , and Funny Face , to On the Town and Charade.
In Donen's acceptance speech he danced with his Oscar statue while singing Irving Berlin 's " Cheek to Cheek ", a song first popularized by his boyhood idol Fred Astaire.
Donen's last film was the television movie Love Letters , which aired on ABC in April The film starred Steven Weber and Laura Linney and was based on the play by A.
Weber plays a successful U. Senator who finds out that his long lost love Linney has recently died. The two had only corresponded through mail over the years, and Weber remembers Linney through his collection of old love letters.
Donen had wanted to make a theatrical film version of the play, but was unable to secure financing from any major studio and instead took the project to ABC.
During his career Donen's biggest rival was Vincente Minnelli, to whom he is often compared. Like Donen, Minnelli was a contract director at MGM known for the musicals he made for the Freed Unit.
According to Donen's biographer Stephen M. Silverman , critics tend to "express a distinct preference for Donen's bold, no-nonsense style of direction over Minnelli's Impressionist visual palette and Expressionist character motivations", while most film directors are said to prefer Minnelli's work.
The two directors' camera work differs in that Minnelli often used forward and backwards tracking shots while Donen preferred horizontal tracking shots and crane shots.
Silverman said film critics consider Donen's approach to be better suited for dance sequences. David Thomson dismisses most of his later comedy films, but praises him for leading "the musical in a triumphant and personal direction: out of doors Not even Minnelli can rival the fresh-air excitement of such sequences.
And few can equal his integration of song, dance and story. Chaplin and Truffaut were among its earliest admirers. Donen made a host of critically acclaimed and popular films.
His most important contribution to the art of film was helping to transition movie musicals from the realistic backstage settings of filmed theater to a more cinematic form that integrates film with dance.
When "talkies" began to gain momentum in the film industry, the Hollywood studios recruited the best talent from Broadway to make musical films, such as Broadway Melody and Berkley's 42nd Street.
These films established the backstage musical , a subgenre in which the plot revolves around a stage show and the people involved in putting it on.
They set the standard for the musical genre, placing their musical numbers either within the context of a stage performance or tacked on and gratuitous, without furthering the story or developing the characters.
He didn't quite know what to change it into, just that it had to change. Donen and Kelly's films set new standards for special effects, animation, editing and cinematography.
Their first collaboration Cover Girl firmly established their intentions, particularly in the "Alter Ego" dance sequence.
It employed a special effect that could not be achieved with a live take, while advancing the story and revealing the character's inner conflict. Donen and Kelly tested the limits of film's potential with the Jerry the Mouse dance in Anchors Aweigh , one of the first films where a live action character dances with an animated one.
By the time they made Take Me Out to the Ball Game they had perfected what Martin Rubin called an "indication of changing trends in musical films" which differed from the Berkeley spectacles towards "relatively small-scale affairs that place the major emphasis on comedy, transitions to the narrative, the cleverness of the lyrics and the personalities and performance skills of the stars, rather than on spectacle and group dynamics.
Both Donen and Kelly found working with Berkeley difficult,  : 37 and the director left before the film's completion.
When Donen and Kelly released On the Town , they boldly opened the film with an extravagant musical number shot on location in New York with fast-paced editing and experimental camera work, thus breaking from the conventions of that time.
Their most celebrated film Singin' in the Rain is appropriately a musical about the birth of the movie musical. The film includes a musical montage which Donen said was "doing Busby Berkeley here, only we're making fun of him.
Charness singled out the film's famous title number and states, "it's a very kinetic moment, for though there is no technically accomplished dance present, the feeling of swinging around in a circle with an open umbrella is a brilliantly apt choice of movement, one that will be readily identifiable by an audience which might know nothing kinesthetically of actual dance Accompanying this movement is a breathless pullback into a high crane shot that takes place at the same time Kelly is swinging into his widest arcs with the umbrella.
The effect is dizzying. Perhaps the finest single example of the application of camera know-how to a dance moment in Donen-Kelly canon.
Gene and I didn't go that far. In 'Moses Supposes', he and Donald sort of talk themselves into a song. Donen's relationship with Gene Kelly was complicated and he often spoke bitterly about his former friend and mentor decades after they worked together.
Kelly was never explicitly negative about Donen in later years. At age 7 Coyne enrolled in the Gene Kelly Studio of Dance in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and developed a schoolgirl crush on him  : 97  : 40  : 29 In her twenties she was cast in Best Foot Forward , where she reconnected with Kelly and first met Donen,  : 89 later moving to Hollywood with them.
Rumors held that Kelly and Coyne were having an affair both during and after Coyne's marriage to Donen,  : as well as that Donen was in love with Kelly's first wife Betsy Blair.
However, she does state that Donen's marriage to Coyne was unhappy  : and that Donen was very close to both her and Kelly. Kelly said that Donen's impulsive marriage to Coyne showed an emotional immaturity and lack of good judgment,  : and stated that "Jeannie's marriage to Stanley was doomed from the start.
Because every time Stanley looked at Jeannie, he saw Betsy, whom he loved; and every time Jeannie looked at Stanley, I guess she saw me.
One way or another it was all pretty incestuous. They married in and had two children together. Donen and Kelly's relationship has been described as similar to that of the characters Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain , with Kelly as the star performer and Donen as his trusted sidekick.
Many people believe that Donen owed everything to Kelly, and Kelly biographer Clive Hirschhorn described Donen as having "no particular identity or evident talent After Donen's recent hits Deep in My Heart and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers he did not want to make another film with Kelly.
Other tensions included Donen's hit films  : 84  : as compared to Vincente Minnelli's Brigadoon which Kelly was closely involved in and had wanted to direct  : — and Kelly's own ambitious film Invitation to Dance , both of which were financially unsuccessful.
In later years, Donen would state that he had nothing nice to say about Kelly. And he got his money's worth out of me.
The relative importance of the two men's contributions has been debated by critics. David Thomson wrote about "the problem in assessing [Donen's] career: who did what in their collaboration?
And what is Donen's real standing as a director? However, actress Kathleen Freeman stated that when people visited the set of Singin' in the Rain to relate their experiences during the silent era, they would ask to speak with Kelly.
Stan had some good ideas and worked with Gene, but he was still the 'office boy' to Gene, in a sense, although Gene had great respect for him.
Kelly's film Hello, Dolly! Donen married and divorced five times and had three children. His first wife was dancer, choreographer and actress Jeanne Coyne.
They married on April 14, and divorced in May Donen and Marshall had two sons together: Peter Donen — and Joshua Donen, born in The boys' first names put together provided the name for Cary Grant's character in the movie Charade.
Donen and Marshall were married from to They had a lengthy custody battle over their sons after Marshall married Wagner and Donen moved to England.
She had previously been the second wife of the 2nd Earl Beatty. They married in , had one son Mark Donen, born , and lived together in London.
They were married from to , but remained close friends after their divorce. Donen proposed to her four days after having met her.
They were married from to In the early s, Donen dated actress Judy Holliday while working on Broadway. Donen's eldest son, Peter Donen, was a visual effects artist who worked on such films as Superman III , Spaceballs , The Bourne Identity , and The Truth About Charlie.
He also designed the title credits for Blame It on Rio. He died of a heart attack in at age In , Donen's father, Mordecai, died at 59 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
With the deaths in the s of Billy Wilder, George Sidney , Elia Kazan , Robert Wise , and Jules Dassin , Donen became the last surviving notable film director of Hollywood's Golden Age.
In December it was announced that Donen was in pre-production for a new film co-written with Elaine May, to be produced by Mike Nichols. A table reading of the script for potential investors included such actors as Christopher Walken , Charles Grodin , Ron Rifkin and Jeannie Berlin.
It included a tour of Donen's childhood neighborhood, a lecture by Steven Silverman and film screenings at the Nickelodeon movie theater Donen frequented as a child.
On February 21, , Donen died at age 94 from heart failure in New York City. In addition to May, he is survived by two sons and a sister. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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New York: Knopf. Stanley Donen. Scarecrow Press. Retrieved December 28, Gene Kelly: A Celebration , p.Stanley Donen, (born April 13, , Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.—died February 21, , New York, New York), American motion-picture director and choreographer who was one of the most influential directors of movie musicals in the s and ’50s. Early life and work. Born April 13, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer. Stanley Donen, who directed or co-directed some of Hollywood’s best-known movie musicals, including “On the Town,” “Royal Wedding” and what many consider the greatest movie musical of all time. Donen had recently had a major hit with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and did not want to make another film with Kelly. They fought on the set for the first time, with the now more confident Donen asserting himself. Donen almost quit the film and his friendship with Kelly ended. Stanley Donen (/ ˈ d ɒ n ə n / DON-ən; April 13, – February 21, ) was an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are On the Town () and Singin' in the Rain (), both of which starred Gene Kelly who co-directed.