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Stanley Donen

Biography

b. 13 Apr 1924, Columbia, SC, USA. The movie director and choreographer to get a string of traditional MGM musicals from the 50s, Donen was fascinated with film and theatre from an early on age group. After graduating from senior high school he done Broadway within the chorus from the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), which starred Gene Kelly, and he aided Kelly within the choreography for Greatest Foot Forwards (1941) and in addition appeared within the chorus. Authorized to MGM, through the 40s he worked well as choreographer, co-choreographer and/or co-director of periodic sequences (frequently uncredited) on musicals such as for example Cover Woman, Hey First year, Jam Program, Kansas Town Kitty, Anchors Aweigh, VISIT TO Mexico, No Keep, No Love, SURVIVING IN A LARGE Way, THIS TIME AROUND For Helps to keep, A Day With Judy, The Kissing Bandit and Consider Me Out To The PASTIME. In 1949 Donen produced his formal directorial debut as Gene Kelly’s co-director within the acclaimed, groundbreaking musical OUT, and they worked well together on many more memorable movies, including Singin’ IN THE TORRENTIAL RAIN, It’s Always Good Weather as well as the Pajama Video game. Donen also brought his skill like a movie director of breathtakingly refreshing and exuberant sequences to photos such as Wedding ceremony Bells, PROVIDE A Girl A REST (also choreographed with Gower Champ), Deep IN MY OWN Heart, Seven Wedding brides For Seven Brothers, Crazy Encounter and Damn Yankees (1958). By that point the golden age group of film musicals was over, and, apart from THE TINY Prince (1974), Donen focused on directing (and creating) dramatic and light-comedy movies such as for example Indiscreet, The Lawn Is definitely Greener, Arabesque, Two For THE STREET, Bedazzled, Staircase, Lucky Woman, Movie, Film, Saturn 3, and Blame It On Rio (1984). Since that time, Donen continues to be rumoured to become trying to provide biographies of Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich towards the display, but up to now nothing offers materialized. In 1988 he created the Academy Honours display, and five years later on produced his directorial debut on Broadway within the Jule Styne musical The Crimson Shoes. Following the primary movie director, Susan Schulman, bowed out in the first stages of creation, Donen had taken over. However, unlike those previously MGM musicals, there is no happy finishing and the present shut after three times. Nevertheless, in 1998 Donen received an Honorary Academy Prize ‘in appreciation of the body of function marked by sophistication, style, wit and visible innovation’.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stanley Donen
Height 1.73 m
Profession Actor, Film director, Film producer, Theatre Director, Dancer, Choreographer
Education University of South Carolina
Nationality American
Children Joshua Donen, Peter Donen, Mark Donen
Parents Mordecai Moses Donen, Helen Cohen
Siblings Carla Donen Davis
Partner Elaine May, Elaine May
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, American Society of Cinematographers Board of the Governors Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography
Movies Singin' in the Rain, Charade, Funny Face, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On the Town, Two for the Road, Royal Wedding, Indiscreet, The Little Prince, Bedazzled, Movie Movie, It's Always Fair Weather, The Grass Is Greener, Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Saturn 3, Blame It on Rio, Lucky Lady, Surprise Package, Kiss Them for Me, Give a Girl a Break, Arabesque, Love Letters, Love Is Better Than Ever, Deep in My Heart, Once More, with Feeling!, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Fearless Fagan, Staircase, Kismet, Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer
TV Shows The Story of Film: An Odyssey, MGM: When the Lion Roars


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#Fact
1 He has sons named Peter and Joshua, and the name "Peter Joshua" gets used in his movie "Charade", although it's not clear if this is a reference to his sons.
2 Directed the video for Lionel Richie's song, "Dancing on the Ceiling", because of his experience directing Fred Astaire's dancing on the ceiling routine, from the movie, Royal Wedding (1951).
3 Profiled in "American Classic Screen Interviews" (Scarecrow Press). [2010]
4 Was dubbed "The King of the Hollywood Musical" by David Quinlan.
5 Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969 and 1984.
6 His first wife Jeanne Coyne later married Gene Kelly; his second wife Marion Marshall was a former girlfriend of the director Howard Hawks and later married the actor Robert Wagner; his third wife Adelle, Countess Beatty was the second wife of the 2nd Earl Beatty and his fourth wife Yvette Mimieux was a successful actress.
7 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 273-282. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
8 His classic film, Singin' in the Rain (1952), was adapted for a musical in the West End and was awarded Outstanding Musical Production in 2001 (2000 season) at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards.
9 Father of Peter Donen, Joshua Donen and Mark Donen.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Is Better Than Ever 1952
Royal Wedding 1951
On the Town 1949
The Lionel Richie Collection 2003 Video documentary video "Dancing on the Ceiling"
Love Letters 1999 TV Movie
Moonlighting 1986 TV Series 1 episode
Blame It on Rio 1984
Saturn 3 1980
Movie Movie 1978
Lucky Lady 1975
The Little Prince 1974
Staircase 1969
Bedazzled 1967
Two for the Road 1967
Arabesque 1966
Charade 1963
The Grass Is Greener 1960
Surprise Package 1960
Once More, with Feeling! 1960
Damn Yankees! 1958
Indiscreet 1958
Kiss Them for Me 1957
The Pajama Game 1957
Funny Face 1957
Kismet 1955 fill-in director - uncredited
It's Always Fair Weather 1955
Deep in My Heart 1954
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954
Give a Girl a Break 1953
Fearless Fagan 1952
Singin' in the Rain 1952

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love's Labour's Lost 2000 presenter: US release
Moonlighting 1986 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
MGM Parade 1956 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
It's Always Fair Weather 1955 dances by
Rich, Young and Pretty 1951 fill-in director - uncredited
The Kissing Bandit 1948 choreographer
A Date with Judy 1948 dance director
Big City 1948 choreographer
Killer McCoy 1947 arranger: "Swanee River" / choreographer
This Time for Keeps 1947 choreographer
Living in a Big Way 1947 dance sequences
No Leave, No Love 1946 choreographer
Holiday in Mexico 1946 choreographer
Hey, Rookie 1944 assistant choreographer - uncredited
Cover Girl 1944 choreographer - uncredited
Best Foot Forward 1943 assistant: Jack Donohue - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special producer
Blame It on Rio 1984 producer
Saturn 3 1980 producer
Movie Movie 1978 producer
The Little Prince 1974 producer
Staircase 1969 producer
Bedazzled 1967 producer
Two for the Road 1967 producer
Arabesque 1966 producer
Charade 1963 producer
The Grass Is Greener 1960 producer
Surprise Package 1960 producer
Once More, with Feeling! 1960 producer
Damn Yankees! 1958 producer
Indiscreet 1958 producer
The Pajama Game 1957 producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Funny Face 1957 song staging
It's Always Fair Weather 1955 musical numbers
Give a Girl a Break 1953 musical numbers staging
Singin' in the Rain 1952 musical numbers staged and directed by
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 musical numbers staging

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charade 1963 Man in Elevator (voice, uncredited)
Love Is Better Than Ever 1952 Man Seated at Table with Gene Kelly (uncredited)
Best Foot Forward 1943 Cadet (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 story

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Staircase 1969 writer: "Staircase"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' 2002 Video documentary short thanks
The Truth About Charlie 2002 very special thanks
Bedazzled 2000 special thanks
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary acknowledgement: the special style and content of the musical sequences were created by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nation's Favourite Dance Moment 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Stanley Donen: You Just Do It 2010 Documentary Himself
Sodankylä ikuisesti 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2009 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
American Masters 2004-2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee / Himself
Private Screenings 2006 TV Series Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Himself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
That's Entertainment!: The Masters Behind the Musicals 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself - Interviewee
What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Honorary Award Recipient
Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' 1997 TV Short documentary Himself
Great Performances 1996 TV Series Himself
Festival de San Sebastián. Ceremonia de Clausura 1996 TV Movie Himself
Les Mystères du Premier-Film 1995 Documentary Himself
Omnibus 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Der Klang der Bilder 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Audrey Hepburn Remembered 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Zapper n'est pas jouer 1990 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 1989 TV Series Himself
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinéma cinémas 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Special documentary Himself
Revista de cine 1976 TV Series Himself
Cinema 1969 TV Series documentary Himself
Film Review 1967 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Children of Lindos 1960 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema 3 2011-2014 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Himself
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2002 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Career Golden Lion Venice Film Festival
2002 Board of the Governors Award American Society of Cinematographers, USA
2000 Opus Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
1999 Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award American Cinema Editors, USA
1999 Joseph Plateau Life Achievement Award Joseph Plateau Awards
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Palm Beach International Film Festival Directing
1998 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA

In appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation (Oscar ... More

1996 Director's Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
1995 Billy Wilder Award National Board of Review, USA
1995 Akira Kurosawa Award San Francisco International Film Festival
1989 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1967 Golden Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Two for the Road (1967)
1957 Boxoffice Blue Ribbon Award Boxoffice Magazine Awards Best Picture of the Month for the Whole Family (September) The Pajama Game (1957) · George Abbott

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture Saturn 3 (1980)
1979 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Movie Movie (1978)
1968 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Two for the Road (1967)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Director 8th place.
1959 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Damn Yankees! (1958) · George Abbott
1958 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Funny Face (1957)
1957 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Funny Face (1957)
1955 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
1953 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Singin' in the Rain (1952) · Gene Kelly


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#Quote
1 For me directing is like having sex: when it's good, it's very good; but when it's bad, it's still good.
2 If we remade Singin' in the Rain (1952) today, when Gene Kelly sings in the rain, I think he'd be looking around to make sure he wasn't going to get mugged.


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