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Also Known As: Died: March 14, 1976
Born: November 29, 1895 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Dance ...
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Moved with family to New York aged three; first stage appearance aged five in "Under Two Flags"
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Worked as management trainee with a Massachusetts shoe factory
1917:
Enlisted in US Army the day before USA entered WWI; served as second lieutenant in the artillery where he worked out trick precision drills for 1200 men in parade formation; served with Third Army of Occupation in Germany as entertainment officer
1920:
Acting debut in stock company production of "The Man Who Came Back" (date approximate)
1923:
Performed and directed on Broadway and in stock before going to Hollywood
1927:
First success on Broadway as dance director, Rodgers and Hart's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
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Choreographed four films for United Artists; first film, "Whoopee!" (directed by Thornton Freeland)
1932:
Loaned to Warner Bros. to choreograph "42nd Street" (1933)
1933:
For First National, made co-directing debut (with George Amy), "She Had to Say Yes"
1933:
Signed with Warner Bros.
1934:
Provided dances for "Dames"
1935:
Solo directing debut (also choreographer), "Gold Diggers of 1935"; received Oscar nomination in the dance direction category
1936:
Received second dance direction Academy Award nomination for "Gold Diggers of 1937"
1937:
Earned third Oscar nomination for dance direction of "Varsity Show"; category discontinued after this year
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Was involved in a fatal three-car automobile accident; charged with second degree murder in the deaths of three people as well as with driving under the influence; lawyers made plea to jury playing up his care of his then 80-year-old mother; cleared of all charges after three trials
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Left Warner Bros. and put under contract at MGM
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Briefly worked on "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
1943:
Choreographed the MGM remake "Girl Crazy"
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Left MGM and moved to Fox
1943:
Served as dance director for "The Gang's All Here"; choreographed the "Lady With the Tutti Frutti Hat" number for Carmen Miranda
1946:
Attempted suicide and was temporarily placed in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital (date approximate)
1949:
Last film as director, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
1962:
Worked as second unit director on "Jumbo/Billy Rose's Jumbo" (directed by Charles Walters)
1970:
Appeared in feature film "The Phynx"
1971:
Returned to Broadway as supervisor of revival of "No, No, Nanette"

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