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Born: April 13, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Columbia, South Carolina, USA Profession: Director ...
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1940:
Broadway debut (as chorus boy) in "Pal Joey," starring Gene Kelly
1941:
Worked as assistant choreographer (to Kelly) in Broadway musical "Best Foot Forward"
1943:
Went to Hollywood as assistant choreographer and member of dancing chorus of film version of "Best Foot Forward"
1944:
Worked with Kelly on choreography for "Cover Girl"
1949:
Debut as co-director and co-story writer (with Kelly) of "Strictly USA" number in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
1949:
Film co-directing debut (with Kelly), "On the Town"
1951:
Solo film directing debut, "Royal Wedding"
1952:
Co-directed the film classic "Singin' in the Rain" with Kelly
1954:
Helmed Oscar Best Picture nominated "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
1957:
First film as producer, "The Pajama Game"; also co-directed with George Abbott
1957:
Directed Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face"; film nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes
1958:
Reteamed with Abbott to direct musical "Damn Yankees!"
1963:
Produced and directed the stylish comedy-mystery "Charade," starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
1967:
Directed Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney in "Two for the Road"
1978:
Helmed the homage to old Hollywood "Movie Movie"
1984:
Produced and directed last feature "Blame It on Rio"
1993:
Made Broadway debut as director of ill-fated musical "The Red Shoes"
1998:
Received honorary Academy Award for career achievement (March)
1999:
Made TV directorial debut with adaptation of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" (ABC)

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