Stanley Donen (1924–2019)


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Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai Moses Donen, a dress-shop manager, of Russian-Jewish ... See full bio »

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Charade Director
(1963)
(1952)
Two for the Road Director
(1967)
The Pajama Game Director
(1957)

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 2003 The Lionel Richie Collection (Video documentary) (video "Dancing on the Ceiling")
 1999 Love Letters (TV Movie)
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Big Man on Mulberry Street (1986) ... (musical number)
 1980 Saturn 3
 1978 Movie Movie
 1975 Lucky Lady
 1969 Staircase
 1967 Bedazzled
 1966 Arabesque
 1963 Charade
 1958 Damn Yankees
 1958 Indiscreet
 1957 Funny Face
 1955 Kismet (fill-in director - uncredited)
 1951 Royal Wedding
 1949 On the Town
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeard (as "Dancing Boy" / "Ensemble") in "Best Foot Forward" on Broadway. Musical. Book by John Cecil Holm. Music / lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Music orchestrated by Don Walker and Hans Spialek. Overture by Robert Russell Bennett. Scenic / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Miles White. ... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | See more »


Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

For me directing is like having sex: when it's good, it's very good; but when it's bad, it's still good. See more »

Trivia:

His classic film, Singin' in the Rain (1952), was adapted for a musical in the West End and was awarded Outstanding Musical Production in 2001 (2000 season) at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards. See more »

Nickname:

The King of Musicals

Star Sign:

Aries

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