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Always a dancer, Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924, in Columbia, S.C.) debuted on Broadway at age 16 in the chorus of "Pal Joey." The show's star, Gene Kelly, became a friend and collaborator, and when he left for Hollywood, Donen soon followed.

After working as a choreographer during the 1940s, Donen shared directing credits with Kelly on the exuberant musical comedy On the Town (1949). Donen and Kelly would team again three years later to make what many consider the greatest musical of all time: Singing in the Rain. Throughout the '50s, Donen continued to direct the colorfully buoyant musicals that became his trademark, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and The Pajama Game (1957).

As the musical genre withered, Donen proved his diversity with a string of successful nonmusical films, including Indiscreet (1958), Charade (1963) and the cult hit Bedazzled (1967).

Stanley Donen in Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

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Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune. When Hollywood attempts the transition from silent films to talkies, a matinee idol (Kelly) hopes to make the cut. But he's hampered by a silent-movie queen (Jean Hagen) with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

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  • Stanley Donen in Bedazzled Bedazzled
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  • Stanley Donen in Kiss Them for Me Kiss Them for Me
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