Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie
Flying Down to Rio, which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in World War II...See full bio »
1951Lullaby of Broadway
(performer: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited, "I Love the Way You Say Goodnight" - uncredited, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
1950The West Point Story
(performer: "Long Before I Knew You" - uncredited, "This Is the Finale" - uncredited, "The Toy Trumpet" - uncredited)
1950Tea for Two
(performer: "I Know That You Know", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tea for Two", "Oh Me! Oh My!", "No, No, Nanette")
1950The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
(performer: "A Farm off Old Broadway" - uncredited, "How Am I Going to Tell Them at the Yacht Club?" - uncredited, "Just One Girl" - uncredited, "Chatterbox Rag" - uncredited, "Ma Blushin' Rosie" - uncredited, "Winter" - uncredited)
I was happier directing than I've ever been doing anything else. That form of creativity is very rewarding and I liked it a lot. Both careers were incomplete. I feel unfulfilled in either one. I didn't become the star I wanted to be.
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First wife Miriam Franklin (nee Frankel) was a specialty film dancer from Broadway ("Panama Hattie"). Married in 1941, she worked in Hollywood while Gene served in the Army. He joined her later and she was instrumental in helping him work up his innovative dance routines on film.
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