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Gene Kelly

GENE KELLY d1996. American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. He is best known today for his performances in films including ; For Me and My Gal (1942) / Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) / Thousands Cheer (1943) / The Three Musketeers (1948) / On The Town (1949) / An American in Paris (1951) / Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Singin in The Rain (1952). He starred in musical films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. In his later career he starred in two films which were outside the musical genre ; Inherit The Wind (1960) and What a Way To Go. Throughout his career he directed films including "Hello Dolly" which despite being a commercial failure at the time is now more highly regarded. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. In 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him No15 in their Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema list. He died in his sleep on February 2nd 1996 aged 83 in California.


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A desirable original single sided typed letter (dated January 26th 1950) on his own headed paper, clearly signed in ink at the conclusion by Gene Kelly.


The letter importantly mentions "planning to go to Paris in a few months to make Gershwin's An American in Paris". It also mentions his films ; Words and Music / On The Town / The Black Hand and Summer Stock with Judy Garland. One of a wonderful collection of over 50 celebrity letters all obtained during the late 1940s to early 1950s by a Mr Douglas Squires. He was involved in editing a School / University Film & Theatre Entertainment magazine during this period and wrote to celebrities looking for a contribution of autographs and signed photographs for the magazine. Many of the letters are gracious and detailed replies with many references to helping his project and mentions of their careers at that point in time. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


18x15cm Sized Letter


Average. View Image. Single minor fold and a few dings. The letter is laid down onto a paper page. Overall we would rate condition as 7/10.


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