Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as “the King of the Hollywood musicals”. His most famous work is Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he co-directed with Gene Kelly.
Donen started at Metro Goldwyn Mayer as a choreographer and dancer in Best Foot Forward (1943) with Lucille Ball. Donen appeared with Kelly in Cover Girl (1944) for Columbia Pictures, for which Donen also directed a sequence of Kelly dancing with his double on a darkened Manhattan street. His first chance to direct an entire movie was an adaptation of the Comden and Green musical about sailors on leave in New York City, On the Town (1949), with some songs by Leonard Bernstein, which Donen co-directed with Gene Kelly. This was the first movie musical to be filmed on location.
With Kelly again, Donen co-directed Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and by himself directed such classics as Royal Wedding (1951), where Donen directed Fred Astaire dancing… read more