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Busby Berkeley (1895–1976)


Busby Berkeley was one of the greatest choreographers of the US movie musical. He started his career in the US Army in 1918, as a lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades. After the World War I cease-fire he was ordered to stage camp shows for the soldiers. Back in the US he became a stage actor and assistant director in smaller... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935 Miscellaneous Crew
(1935)
Ziegfeld Girl
Ziegfeld Girl Director
(1941)
Gold Diggers of 1937
Gold Diggers of 1937 Miscellaneous Crew
(1936)

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 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo (choreographer - uncredited)
 1953 Easy to Love (choreographer)
 1953 Small Town Girl (choreographer)
 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid (choreographer)
 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway (choreographer - uncredited) / (musical numbers created and directed by)
 1951 The Blue Veil (dance director - uncredited)
 1951 Call Me Mister (choreographer - uncredited) / (dances staged by)
 1950 Two Weeks with Love (choreographer)
 1950 Annie Get Your Gun (director: some scenes - deleted from final print, uncredited)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas (choreographer)
 1943 The Gang's All Here (dance director)
 1943 Three Cheers for the Girls (Short) (director: archive footage - uncredited)
 1942 Calling All Girls (Short) (choreographer)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (choreographer: scarecrow's dance - deleted from final print, uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade (creator: finale number) / (director: finale number)
 1938 Gold Diggers in Paris (dance numbers created and directed by)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (dances created and directed by - uncredited)
 1937 Varsity Show (creator: finale) / (director: finale)
 1937 The Singing Marine (musical numbers created and directed by)
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 (dance director)
 1936 Changing of the Guard (Short) (coach to Sybil Jason)
 1935 Stars Over Broadway (numbers staged and directed by)
 1935 I Live for Love (choreographer - uncredited)
 1935 In Caliente (numbers created and directed by)
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935 (dances created and staged by)
 1934 Dames (numbers created and directed by)
 1934 Wonder Bar (numbers created and directed by)
 1933 Roman Scandals (production numbers director)
 1933 Plane Nuts (Short) (choreographer - uncredited)
 1933 Footlight Parade (numbers created and directed by)
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 (numbers created and directed by)
 1933 42nd Street (creator: dances and ensembles) / (stager: dances and ensembles)
 1932 The Kid from Spain (numbers created and directed by)
 1932 Bird of Paradise (choreographer - uncredited)
 1932 Night World (choreographer)
 1932 Girl Crazy (choreographer - uncredited)
 1932 Sky Devils (choreographer)
 1931 Flying High (dances created by)
 1931 Palmy Days (dances and ensembles)
 1931 Kiki (dances staged by)
 1930 Whoopee! (dances and ensembles staged by)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: "Wild Rose" on Broadway. Musical comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

In an era of breadlines, depression and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery . . . to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.

Trivia:

On his way home from a party thrown by William Koenig to celebrate the completion of In Caliente (1935), Berkeley hit two vehicles, killing three people in the second car: William von Brieson, his mother and sister-in-law. Tried for murder, Berkeley--represented by Jerry Giesler--was acquitted in a third trial after the previous two ended in hung juries. See more »

Nickname:

Buzz

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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