Today is Gene Kellys 100th birthday.I love Gene Kelly.He is one of my biggest inspirations so to finally get to do my blog on him is Amazing!!!! Eugene Curran Kelly was born on August 23,1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.His Mom signed up Him and his brother for dance when he was eight but wasn't very fond of it and often got into fights with other boys because of the mean stuff said to him about taking dance.So he didn't get back into dance until he was fifteen.he went to Pennsylvania State College after graduating from high school in 1929.In 1931 he also went to University of Pittsburgh. It wasn't until 1938 after starting a Dance studio and earning a Bachelor degree of Arts in Economics, did he start his stage career in dancing,acting and singing.He never thought about doing dance as an career when he was a kid ,but after starting a dance studio and going to college he found that his passion to entertain.He was in several shows such as,The Time of Your Life and Best Foot Forward.He also choreographed lots of the shows he did.He started his Hollywood career with the movies Me and My Gal with Judy Garland,Cover girl with Rita Hayworth,and Anchors Aweigh with Jerry Mouse! He then went on to do some of my favorite movies in the late 1940s and early 1950s,(On The Town,American in Paris,and Its Always Fair Weather) and my all time favorite,Singing in The Rain!! He directed,produced,and choreographed a lot of shows and movies in his life time.He had a couple flops in his career(The movie Invitation to the Dance flopped when released but now is loved) but that didn't stop him from being a star! He not only inspired millions of people but also shaped dancing in movies and stage.He inspires me to always be creative,to work hard as he did,and to always chase your dreams just has he did.He is amazing and I love him.Today would have been his 100th birthday and today to celebrate such an amazing and handsome person my quotes will be from the classic Gene Kelly.
Before we get to his quotes here are some things people have said about him and how brilliant he truly is:
"Gene is easygoing as long as you know exactly what you are doing when you're working with him. He's a hard taskmaster and he loves hard work. If you want to play on his team you'd better like hard work, too. He isn't cruel but he is tough, and if Gene believed in something he didn't care who he was talking to, whether it was Louis B. Mayer or the gatekeeper. He wasn't awed by anybody, and he had a good record of getting what he wanted".-Johnny Green
"I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way."
"I watched him rehearsing, and it seemed to me that there was no possible room for improvement. Yet he wasn't satisfied. It was midnight and we had been rehearsing since eight in the morning. I was making my way sleepily down the long flight of stairs when I heard staccato steps coming from the stage...I could see just a single lamp burning. Under it, a figure was dancing...Gene."- Van Johnson
Quotes From Gene Kelly
"I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls."-Gene Kelly
"When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman."-Gene Kelly
"I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn't worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week."-Gene Kelly
"At 14, I discovered girls. At that time, dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship. Only later did I discover that you dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams."-Gene Kelly
“Dignity, always Dignity!”-Gene Kelly