Stanley Donen Biography – Stanley Donen Wiki
Stanley Donen was an American film director and choreographer.
Stanley Donen started taking dancing lessons when he was 7 and left home soon after high school for Broadway. His first job was in the chorus of “Pal Joey,” where he met Kelly, who was starring in the Rodgers & Hart musical. Another chorus job in “Best Foot Forward” led to a solo in the number “Beat the Band.”
Along with Kelly, he came to Hollywood to appear in the film version of “Best Foot Forward” and was signed by MGM, where he also worked on “Girl Crazy.” He was loaned out to Columbia for “Cover Girl,” on which he was Kelly’s assistant. When MGM did not renew his contract, he stayed on at Col. Kelly brought him back to MGM to be dance director on the 1945 “Anchors Aweigh,” and he joined Jack Donahue, Charles Walters and Don Loper as part of the studio’s in-house dance team.
Stanley Donen Age
He was born on April 13, 1924 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. He died on February 23, 2019 aged 94.
Stanley Donen Parents
He was the son of Mordecai Moses Donen, a dress-shop manager, and Helen, the daughter of a jewelry salesman. Donen’s father, Mordecai, died in 1959 aged 59 in Beaufort, South Carolina. His mother, Helen, died in 1989 at the age of 84 in South Carolina.
Stanley Donen Family
He was born to Mordecai Moses Donen and Helen. He had a younger sister Carla Donen Davis who was born in August 1937.
Stanley Donen Spouse – Stanley Donen Wife
Donen married and divorced five times. His first wife was dancer, choreographer and actress Jeanne Coyne. They married on April 14, 1948 and divorced in May 1951.
Donen’s second wife was actress Marion Marshall. Donen and Marshall had two sons together: Peter Donen and Joshua Donen. Donen and Marshall were married from 1952 until 1959.
Donen’s third wife was Adelle, Countess Beatty. She had previously been the second wife of the 2nd Earl Beatty. They married in 1960 and had one son, Mark Donen. They separated in 1969 before divorcing in 1971.
Donen’s fourth wife was American actress Yvette Mimieux. They were married from 1972 until 1985. Donen’s fifth wife was Pamela Braden. They were married from 1990 until 1994.
Stanley Donen Partner – Stanley Donen Girlfriend
Donen dated actress Judy Holliday in the early 1940s while working on Broadway. He also dated Elizabeth Taylor for a year between his first and second marriages. At the time of his death, Donen dated writer and director Elaine May since 1999’s.
Stanley Donen Children
He had three children. Donen and his second wife Marshall had two sons together: Peter Donen and Joshua Donen. Peter Donen was a visual effects artist who worked on such films as Superman III, Spaceballs, The Bourne Identity, and The Truth About Charlie. He also designed the title credits for Blame It on Rio. He died of a heart attack in 2003 at age 50. Donen’s second son Joshua Donen is a film producer who worked on such films as The Quick and the Dead and Gone Girl.
Donen and his third wife Adelle had one son, Mark Donen. He was born 1962. Mark Donen worked as a production assistant on Blame It on Rio.
Stanley Donen Death
He died on February 23, 2019 at the age of 94. Donen’s death was confirmed to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips by one of Donen’s sons. Phillips tweeted: “Confirmed by one of his sons this morning: Director Stanley Donen has died at 94 … A huge, often neglected talent.”
Confirmed by one of his sons this morning: Director Stanley Donen has died at 94. With Gene Kelly he brought ON THE TOWN and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN into the world; on his own, 7 BRIDES, CHARADE and TWO FOR THE ROAD. A huge, often neglected talent. #StanleyDonen
— Michael Phillips (@phillipstribune) February 23, 2019
Stanley Donen Cause of Death
Stanley Donen’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Stanley Donen Religion
Born to Jewish parents, Donen became an atheist in his youth.
Stanley Donen Height
He stood at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m).
Stanley Donen Net Worth
This information about his net worth is being updated.
Stanley Donen Oscar
While he never received any Oscar nominations for his work, Donen was presented with the lifetime achievement Oscar at the 1998 Academy Awards by Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese introduced Donen by saying, “Once upon a time, a lonely boy in South Carolina was sparked by the wonder of movies, captivated by everything from cowboys to comedians to movie monsters. And then he saw his first musical, Flying Down to Rio.”
Stanley Donen Movies
Stanley Donen’s noteworthy films include Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town, Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, Indiscreet, Damn Yankees!, Charade, and Two for the Road.
Stanley Donen Awards
He has won numerous awards for his life’s work, most notably an Honorary Academy Award in 1998 and a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival in 2004.