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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameHerbert David Ross
Nickname Herb

Mini Bio (1)

Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York City.

Spouse (2)

Lee Radziwill (23 September 1988 - 2001) (divorced)
Nora Kaye (August 1959 - 28 February 1987) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently casted Leslie Browne
Dance films

Trivia (15)

Former brother-in-law of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Former uncle of Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr.
Former stepfather of Anthony Radziwill and Tina Radziwill.
Grew up in Miami, Florida.
Directed the concert version of the Sondheim/Goldman musical "Follies" which was filmed and released as "Follies in Concert" in 1985.
Was a former ballet dancer and choreographer with the American Ballet Theater.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1964 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for "Anyone Can Whistle".
Directed 12 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Peter O'Toole, George Burns, Walter Matthau, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Browne, Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Maggie Smith and Julia Roberts. Burns, Dreyfuss and Smith won Oscars for their performances in one of Ross' movies.
As of 2011, he is the only director to have directed both the Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and Best Musical/Comedy of the same year (The Turning Point (1977) and The Goodbye Girl (1977); he also won the Golden Globe for Best Director that year for the former.).
Following his death, he was interred with his wife Nora Kaye at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Along with Ernst Lubitsch, Jack Conway, Michael Curtiz, Victor Fleming, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Sam Wood, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh, he is one of ten directors to have more than one film nominated for Best Picture in the same year. The Goodbye Girl (1977) and The Turning Point (1977) were both so nominated at the 50th Academy Awards in 1978.
He made his stage debut as the third witch in "MacBeth".
Like many dancers, he dropping out of high school, Ross went from Brooklyn to Miami, Florida to New York City to pursue a career in acting. But then he tried dance and fell in love with it. He danced in the choruses of several shows, but inevitably Ross stumbled into his career as a choreographer after he injured his ankle.
He died of the same ailment that killed his father.

Personal Quotes (7)

[explaining why he quit ballet as a professional career] I was too tall and big-boned and never had good feet.
[on his father's death from heart failure after Ross dropped out of school] The truth will look very ugly in print, but the fact is that I don't feel guilty about what happened. I say this in spite of the fact that certain relatives--fortunately not my sister or my stepmother--accused me of causing my father's death. I would do the same thing again, because there was no other alternative for me. It was almost a primordial urge, like getting back to the sea.
[on working with Goldie Hawn on Protocol (1984)] Everyone knows that the woman is super-talented. She is also a saint. "Protocol" was a difficult production with lots of locations, a big cast and a tight schedule. Goldie was wonderful throughout.
[on T.R. Baskin (1971)] I was fooled by the script. I discovered in working on the script that it was like quicksand: the harder we worked, the more we investigated, the more damage we did.
"I spent all those years in ballet, and as [George] Balanchine said, ballet is woman. I'm used to perceiving women as independent and often more than our equals.".
"Herbert was a great director because he took his knowledge of dance into the movement of acting. He mastered flamboyance and sensitivity. He was a [dance] gypsy who at the end understood it all. I will miss him deeply." --Shirley MacLaine
[on his broken ankle as a danseur]: "It didn't heal right, and that . . . was the end of my dancing career."

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