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Stanley Donen

Since he was a child, Stanley Donen attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17. With the help of the producer Arthur Freed and the actor Gene Kelly he got the chance to direct the musicals On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952), and Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) which revolutionized the genre. Another important work of his ... See full bio »
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 2003 The Lionel Richie Collection (Video documentary) (video "Dancing on the Ceiling")
 1999 Love Letters (TV Movie)
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Big Man on Mulberry Street (1986) ... (musical number)
 1980 Saturn 3
 1978 Movie Movie
 1975 Lucky Lady
 1969 Staircase
 1967 Bedazzled
 1966 Arabesque
 1963 Charade
 1958 Damn Yankees!
 1958 Indiscreet
 1957 Funny Face
 1955 Kismet (fill-in director - uncredited)
 1951 Royal Wedding
 1949 On the Town
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Stage: Appeared (as "Albert Doan" / "Dancer") in "Pal Joey" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Material by 'John O'Hara (I)' (v). Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Costume Design by John Koenig. Scenic / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Choreographed by 'Robert Alton (I)' (v). Directed / ... See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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For me directing is like having sex: when it's good, it's very good; but when it's bad, it's still good. See more »


Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 273-282. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. See more »


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