The Reader’s Notebook: Gene Kelly

Aug 23, 2021

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August 23, 2021 -- Gene Kelly was an American film actor and director whose athletic style and classical ballet technique transformed the film musical. Athletic and energetic, Kelly was the king of the musicals in the 1940s and '50s. Not only did Kelly star in some of the genre's most famous films, he worked behind the scenes, breaking new ground with his choreography and direction. Kelly is remembered for his lead role in Singin' in the Rain, regarded by some as the best dance film ever made.