Vincente Minnelli

Director, Actor, Producer
Vincente Minnelli directed some of the most celebrated entertainments in cinema history, including "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "Father of the Bride" (1950), "An American in Paris" (1951), "The Bad and the Beautiful" ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (34)

Meet Me in St. Louis 1977 (Movie)

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A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

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The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

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Goodbye, Charlie 1964 (Movie)

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963 (Movie)

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 (Movie)

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Two Weeks in Another Town 1961 (Movie)

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Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

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Home From the Hill 1960 (Movie)

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Gigi 1958 (Movie)

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Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

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The Reluctant Debutante 1958 (Movie)

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Designing Woman 1957 (Movie)

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Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

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Tea and Sympathy 1956 (Movie)

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Kismet 1955 (Movie)

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The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

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Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

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The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

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The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

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The Story of Three Loves 1952 (Movie)

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The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

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An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

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The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

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Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

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Cabin in the Sky 1942 (Movie)

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Father of the Bride (Movie)

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Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

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I Dood It (Movie)

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Madame Bovary (Movie)

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The Clock (Movie)

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Yolanda and the Thief (Movie)

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Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

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Actor (1)

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

Actor
other (1)

Panama Hattie (Movie)

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Other (2)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

film extract("Father of the Bride" (1950)) (Other)

Biography

Vincente Minnelli directed some of the most celebrated entertainments in cinema history, including "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "Father of the Bride" (1950), "An American in Paris" (1951), "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952), "The Band Wagon" (1953), "Lust for Life" (1956) and "Gigi" (1958). Nevertheless, serious commentary on his work has, until recently, been sparse, partly because of the "glossy" nature of his films. Minnelli's first jobs in show business were as costume and set designer; the sophistication he would bring to the American stage and film musical was always redolent of "Vogue" or "Vanity Fair," and it is no accident that he once directed a charming comedy entitled "Designing Woman" (1957). Even one of his dramatic films, "The Cobweb" (1955), involves neurotic tensions that begin to break out in a psychiatric clinic when new drapes are selected for the common room.

Minnelli was born into a theatrical family; his parents and his uncle operated a tent show that toured the Midwest. As a young man he became a costume and set designer for the Balaban and Katz theater chain in Chicago and in 1931 he moved to New York, where he worked for Radio City Music Hall, eventually graduating in 1935 to directing Broadway musicals. After a brief, abortive stay as a producer at Paramount in the late thirties, he was brought permanently to Hollywood in 1940 by producer Arthur Freed, who was assembling his own unit at MGM. Under Freed's sponsorship, he directed his first film, the underrated all-black musical "Cabin in the Sky" (1943). Minnelli remained at MGM for two decades, specializing in musicals, domestic comedies, and melodramas. Minnelli kept files on different styles of painting, and he liked to run through them for inspiration. He particularly admired the surrealists and was among the first Hollywood directors to appropriate their motifs. He was not, however, a painterly filmmaker. He loved flamboyant color, costume, and decor, but he never allowed those elements to freeze into static compositions. A master of changing patterns and complex movements, he filled his pictures with swooping crane shots, swirling patterns of fabric and light, with a skillful orchestration of background detail. A sensitive director of actors, he elicited some of the best performances from such diverse players as Judy Garland (his wife from 1945-51 and mother of his daughter, Liza Minnelli), Spencer Tracy and Kirk Douglas.

The imagination or one of its surrogates, such as show business or dreaming, was Minnelli's favorite subject. His central female characters live in fantasy worlds, finding happiness only when they exchange dreams for artifice; his leading men usually play writers, painters, or performers, and if they are not artistic types by profession they tend to be dandies or sensitive youths. By the same token, his films generally take place in studio-manufactured settings, where the boundaries between fantasy and everyday life are blurred. Even when his films are set in small-town America, they tend to burst into remarkable dream-like passages, such as the Halloween sequence in "Meet Me in St. Louis," the berserk carnival in "Some Came Running" (1958) and the mythic boar hunt in "Home From the Hill" (1960). The ultimate tribute to Minnelli is that few directors in the history of Hollywood have made so many consistently enjoyable, diverse films.

Relationships

Lee Anderson

Wife
survived him

Judy Garland Actor

Wife
Directed by Minnelli in four films including "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) Married in 1945 divorced in 1951

Denise Gigante

Wife
married in 1960 divorced in 1971 later married to Prentiss Hale

Georgette Magnani

Wife
married in 1954 divorced in 1958

Liza Minnelli Actor

Daughter
Born March 12, 1946 mother, Judy Garland appeared in father's 1976 film "A Matter of Time"

Vincent Minnelli

Father

Christiane Miro

Daughter
mother, Georgette Magnani

EDUCATION

left school aged 16

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