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      Stanley Donen

      Stanley Donen

      Highest Rated: 100% Singin' in the Rain (1952)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Blame It on Rio (1983)

      Birthday: Apr 13, 1924

      Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

      One of the most accomplished directors of the 20th century, Stanley Donen was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1924. Donen began taking dance lessons as a child, and dance would remain his greatest passion, even as he enrolled at the University of South Carolina as a psychology major. He only lasted a single semester however, before, with his family's encouragement, he moved to New York to try his luck as a professional dancer. Donen landed his first role in the chorus of the original production of Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey" in 1940, where he first met longtime friend and collaborator Gene Kelly. The pair would work together on a number of Broadway plays, often with Donen acting as assistant choreographer. Eventually, when Kelly made the move to film, Donen did the same, making his debut in and assistant choreographing "Best Foot Forward" (1943). Before long, Donen and Kelly reconnected and began collaborating on the choreography for major movie musicals like "Anchors Aweigh" (1945). Donen eventually paired with Kelly again to not only co-choreograph but co-direct "On the Town" (1949). With his reputation as a bankable director in the difficult genre of musicals fully cemented, he went on to direct his own childhood idol Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding" (1951) before reteaming with Kelly to co-direct the classic "Singin' in the Rain" (1952). Donen would go on to direct a number of both musical and non-musical hits like "Funny Face" (1957), "Charade" (1963), and "Two for the Road" (1967), not to mention the science fiction film "Saturn 3" (1980). Donen would direct his last feature film, frothy sex comedy "Blame it on Rio" (1984) in 1984, and henceforth largely returned to theater, memorably directing a production of "The Red Shoes" in 1993. Donen passed away in 2019. He was 94 years old.

      Highest rated movies

      The Story Of Film: An Odyssey


      CHARADE, Stanley Donen, directing Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, 1963 FEARLESS FAGAN, Director Stanley donen (kneeling) filming the title star on set, 1952 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Assistant directors Jeanne Coyne (left) and Carol Haney (second from right) present directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor with first day of shooting gifts in inverted umbrellas, 1952



      86% 90% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey Unknown (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 59% Love Letters Director - 1999
      7% 40% Blame It on Rio Director - 1983
      33% 30% Saturn 3 Director,
      - 1980
      No Score Yet 57% Movie Movie Director,
      - 1978
      33% 38% Lucky Lady Director - 1975
      No Score Yet 69% The Little Prince Director,
      - 1974
      40% 33% Staircase Director,
      - 1969
      74% 73% Bedazzled Director,
      - 1967
      83% 84% Two for the Road Director,
      - 1967
      74% 54% Arabesque Director,
      - 1966
      94% 92% Charade Director,
      - 1963
      No Score Yet 33% Once More, With Feeling! Director,
      - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surprise Package Director - 1960
      89% 64% The Grass Is Greener Director,
      - 1960
      79% 68% Damn Yankees Director - 1958
      100% 69% Indiscreet Director,
      - 1958
      87% 63% The Pajama Game Director,
      - 1957
      No Score Yet 36% Kiss Them for Me Director - 1957
      88% 80% Funny Face Director - 1957
      91% 74% It's Always Fair Weather Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 52% Deep in My Heart Director - 1954
      89% 87% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 65% Give a Girl a Break Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fearless Fagan Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 29% Love Is Better Than Ever Director - 1952
      100% 95% Singin' in the Rain Director $23.9K 1952
      92% 69% Royal Wedding Director - 1951
      93% 83% On the Town Director - 1949


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1999