Synopses & Reviews
Now in paperback! Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams
is the only complete biography available on the Oscar-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, and director, from the beginning of his career to his death in 1996.
This engaging book portrays this entertainment legend as the complicated, multi-dimensional man he was; not simply as a genius and a star. Working from new research and firsthand interviews with Kelly's closest friends and colleagues, Yudkoff paints a revealing portrait of an awe-inspiring, yet flawed artist who, while dedicated and exacting, was also fiercely controlling and competitive.
Every aspect of this celebrated entertainer's fascinating life is discussed, from his acclaimed Broadway performance in the 1940 musical Pal Joey to his Academy Awardwinning role in Singin' in the Rain, from his stand against the McCarthyite threats against Hollywood artists to his attempted comeback as director of the film Hello Dolly!. Here is an honest examination of a legendary star and very complex man the definitive book for Kelly fans.
Traces the career and personal life of the stage and film dancer, choreographer, actor, and director.
In this candid biography, the beloved dancer, choreographer, actor, and director is depicted for the first time not just as a genius and star, but as the complex and difficult man his family, intimates, and colleagues knew. 16 illustrations.
About the Author
Alvin Yudkoff is a writer, producer, and director of over 200 critically acclaimed documentary films and productions.