Stanley Donen

Director, Producer, Choreographer
Between 1949 and 1959, Stanley Donen was either the key creative force behind or an essential element in the production of some of the most critically acclaimed musicals in Hollywood history. A former dancer, he ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1924 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Director (28)

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Staircase 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Two For the Road 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Arabesque 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Once More, With Feeling 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Grass Is Greener 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Indiscreet 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Funny Face 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Them For Me 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Fearless Fagan 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Is Better Than Ever (Movie)

(Director)

Love Letters (TV Show)

Director

Royal Wedding (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (16)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Staircase 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two For the Road 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arabesque 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once More, With Feeling 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grass Is Greener 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Indiscreet 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (14)

The Story of Film: An Odyssey 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nichols and May -- Take Two 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Moviemakers: Stanley Donen 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicals Great Musicals 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn Remembered 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cary Grant: The Leading Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Indiscreet (TV Show)

Story By

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Music (1)

Killer McCoy (Movie)

(Songwriter)
other (6)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

(Choreography)

Holiday in Mexico (Movie)

(Choreography)

Living in a Big Way (Movie)

(Choreography)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

(Choreography)

The Big City (Movie)

(Choreography)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

(Choreography)
Other (5)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

film extract("Charade" (1963)) (Other)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

film extract("Singin' in the Rain") (Other)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Between 1949 and 1959, Stanley Donen was either the key creative force behind or an essential element in the production of some of the most critically acclaimed musicals in Hollywood history. A former dancer, he befriended Gene Kelly, who joined forces with Donen on Broadway and later in feature films for the dancing legend like "On the Town" (1949) and what was widely considered the most popular musical ever made, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952). Donen also directed his idol Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding" (1951) and "Funny Face" (1957), and helmed such crowd-pleasing titles as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) and "Damn Yankees" (1958). In later years, he showed a deft touch with light comedies like "Indiscreet" (1958), as well as thrillers like "Charade" (1963). Though his directorial career wound down in the early 1980s, the visual and technical brilliance of Donen's body of work, which was rightfully feted with an honorary Academy Award in 1998, ensured that he would remain in the upper reaches of Hollywood's pantheon of musical directors as long as viewers continued to draw joy and inspiration from them.

Relationships

Adele Beatty

Wife
Married Sept. 23, 1960 Divorced Feb. 18, 1971 Died in 1990

Pamela Braden

Wife
Married in 1990 Divorced in 1994

Jeanne Coyne Assistant

Wife
Met through mutual friend Gene Kelly (Coyne had been Kelly's student and later his assistant in the 1940s) Married April 12, 1948 Divorced May 17, 1951; Coyne later married to Kelly from 1960 until her death in 1973

Josh Donen Executive Producer

Son
Born Aug. 10, 1955; mother, Marion Marshall Produced "The Quick and the Dead" (1995); named senior vice president at William Morris in July 1996

Mordecai Donen

Father

Peter Donen Visual Effects Supervisor

Son
Born Dec. 20, 1953; mother, Marion Marshall Died Dec. 31, 2003

Helen Donen

Mother

Mark Donen

Son
Born in 1962; mother, Adele O'Connor Beatty

Marion Marshall Visual Effects Supervisor

Wife
Married May 20, 1952 Divorced in 1959

Elaine May Visual Effects Supervisor

Companion
Donen reportedly proposed spring 2000

Yvette Mimieux Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 4, 1972 Divorced Jan. 13, 1985

Elizabeth Taylor Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1951

EDUCATION

graduated from high school at age 16

Milestones

1999

Made TV directorial debut with adaptation of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" (ABC)

1998

Received honorary Academy Award for career achievement (March)

1993

Made Broadway debut as director of ill-fated musical "The Red Shoes"

1984

Produced and directed last feature "Blame It on Rio"

1978

Helmed the homage to old Hollywood "Movie Movie"

1967

Directed Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney in "Two for the Road"

1963

Produced and directed the stylish comedy-mystery "Charade," starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

1958

Reteamed with Abbott to direct musical "Damn Yankees!"

1957

Directed Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face"; film nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes

1957

First film as producer, "The Pajama Game"; also co-directed with George Abbott

1954

Helmed Oscar Best Picture nominated "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

1952

Co-directed the film classic "Singin' in the Rain" with Kelly

1951

Solo film directing debut, "Royal Wedding"

1949

Debut as co-director and co-story writer (with Kelly) of "Strictly USA" number in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

1949

Film co-directing debut (with Kelly), "On the Town"

1943

Worked with Kelly on choreography for "Cover Girl"

1942

Went to Hollywood as assistant choreographer and member of dancing chorus of film version of "Best Foot Forward"

1940

Worked as assistant choreographer (to Kelly) in Broadway musical "Best Foot Forward"

1940

Broadway debut (as chorus boy) in "Pal Joey," starring Gene Kelly

Bonus Trivia

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"If we remade 'Singin' in the Rain' today, when Gene Kelly sing in the rain I think he'd be looking around to make sure he wasn't going to get mugged." – Donnen quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 9, 1996

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