Herbert Ross

Director, Producer, Choreographer
Choreographer-director-producer Herbert Ross was best known for elevating the role of dance in film and for his ability to elicit exceptional performances out of such leading ladies as Barbara Streisand, Shirley ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (27)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Dancers 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Footloose 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

I Ought to Be in Pictures 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Goodbye Girl 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Play It Again, Sam 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

T. R. Baskin 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer Holiday 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Director

Goodbye Love (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (13)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Ought to Be in Pictures 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story By

Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Story By
Actor (2)

Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Skin Game (Movie)

Mr. Jackman (Actor)
Other (2)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Doctor Dolittle 1967 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Choreographer-director-producer Herbert Ross was best known for elevating the role of dance in film and for his ability to elicit exceptional performances out of such leading ladies as Barbara Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft and Julia Roberts. Receiving his start as a Broadway performer and choreographer with the American Ballet Theater, Ross later staged dozens of musical sequences for such films as "Carmen Jones" (1954). Although he was one of Broadway's top choreographers - notably crafting Streisand's show-stopping number in 1963's "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" - Ross yearned to direct films, a goal he achieved with "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969). He began to hit his stride as a director alongside rising megastars like Streisand in "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and Woody Allen in "Play it Again, Sam" (1972). Shortly thereafter, he began his prolific working relationship with playwright Neil Simon on "The Sunshine Boys" (1975). At the height of his career, Ross utilized his knowledge of ballet for "The Turning Point" (1977) and reteamed with Simon on "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) to win both critical acclaim and box office gold. Less successful were risky endeavors like the Depression-era Steve Martin musical-fantasy "Pennies from Heaven" (1981). Ross still had a few more cards up his sleeve, though, as the hits "Footloose" (1984) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989) triumphantly capped off a remarkable career. Whether crafting a spectacular dance number or directing a heartfelt romance, Ross' sole ambition to entertain an audience was unwavering.

Relationships

Louis Chester Ross

Father

Martha Ross

Mother

Anna Christina Radziwell

Step-Daughter

Nora Kaye Executive Producer

Wife
Married on August 21, 1959 until her death on February 28, 1987 of cancer in Santa Monica, California

Anthony Radziwell

Step-Son
born in August 1959 died of cancer on August 11, 1999 at age 40 worked at ABC News where he won two News Emmy Awards

Lee Radziwill Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York 1943 - 1950
school is now known as HB Studio

studied dance with Doris Humphrey, Helene Platova and Laird Leslie

Milestones

1995

Produced and directed "Boys on the Side", eliciting three strong, appealing performances from Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore

1993

Directed a Los Angeles production of "La Boheme" and a Dallas production of it the following year

1991

Executive producer for "Soapdish", starring Sally Field

1989

Scored a hit with film adaptation of Robert Harling's play "Steel Magnolias", featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Shirley MacLaine

1987

Last film with Nora Kaye as producer, "Dancers"

1985

Staged a concert revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies" at Lincoln Center; production taped for broadcast on PBS in 1986

1983

Fifth and last (to date) film collaboration with Simon, "Max Dugan Returns"

1982

Helmed film version of "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

1981

Won critical acclaim but little box-office for the screen adaptation of "Pennies From Heaven"

1979

Directed Neil Simon's play "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

1977

Produced and directed "The Turning Point", starring Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine and Mikhail Baryshnikov; film received 11 Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director

1977

Had box-office hit with Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"

1977

Helmed Simon's "Chapter Two" on Broadway

1976

Produced and directed the Sherlock Holmes pastiche "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"

1975

First film adapted from a Neil Simon play, "The Sunshine Boys"

1975

Directed Streisand again in the film sequel "Funny Lady"

1973

Helmed "The Last of Sheila", a mystery co-written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim

1969

Directed Streisand in her first non-musical role, "The Owl and the Pussycat"; first time as producer

1968

First film as director, the musical remake of "Goodbye Mr. Chips", starring Peter O'Toole

1968

Reunited with Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for the film "Funny Girl"

1966

Last Broadway show as choreographer, "The Apple Tree"

1965

Staged the musical numbers for "Do I Hear a Waltz?", based on Laurents' "The Time of the Cuckoo"; music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Sondheim

1964

First collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, staged the cult musical "Anyone Can Whistle"; book by Arthur Laurents

1963

Choreographed the stage musical "Tovarich", starring Vivian Leigh

1962

Directed Barbara Streisand's show-stopping number as Miss Marmelstein in the Broadway musical "I Can Get It for You Wholesale"

1960

Directed and choreographed the City Center revival of "Finian's Rainbow"

1959

Resident choreographer with American Ballet Theatre

1955

Began writing and directing nightclub and cabaret acts, first for Eddie Albert and Margo and later Constance Bennett, Imogene Coca and Leslie Uggams, among others

1954

First film as choreographer, "Carmen Jones"

1954

Began directing musical numbers for Broadway shows (i.e., "House of Flowers")

1951

First Broadway show as choreographer, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

1950

Began choreography career with American Ballet Theatre

1941

Stage debut as Third Witch in touring company of "Macbeth"

Worked as dancer on Broadway

Bonus Trivia

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Ross received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Cancer Society in 1993.

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Ross has directed 12 actors to Oscar nominations with three, George Burns, Maggie Smith and Richard Dreyfuss winning the award.

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