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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Remembering Stanley Donen and His Films

Stanley Donen, who died Thursday at age 94, directed many films, and to celebrate his life and career, I'm featuring 25 of them (in chronological order).

Donen was married five times, including a 1972-85 marriage to actress Yvette Mimieux. He is survived by two sons as well as actress/director/screenwriter Elaine May, who was his longtime companion since 1999.

On the Town (1949), which Donen co-directed with star Gene Kelly

Royal Wedding (1951) starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell

Singin' in the Rain (1952), which Donen co-directed with star Gene Kelly

Give a Girl a Break (1953) starring Debbie Reynolds

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell

Deep in My Heart (1954) starring José Ferrer and Merle Oberon

It's Always Fair Weather (1955), which Donen co-directed with star Gene Kelly

Funny Face (1957) starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson

The Pajama Game (1957), which Donen co-directed with George Abbott

Kiss Them for Me (1957) starring Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield and Suzy Parker

Indiscreet (1958) starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman

Damn Yankees (1958), which Donen co-directed with George Abbott

Once More, with Feeling! (1960) starring Yul Brynner and Kay Kendall

Surprise Package (1960) starring Yul Brynner, Mitzi Gaynor and Noël Coward

The Grass Is Greener (1960) starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons

Charade (1963) starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

Arabesque (1966) starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren

Two for the Road (1967) starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney

Bedazzled (1967) starring Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Raquel Welch

Staircase (1969) starring Richard Burton and Rex Harrison

The Little Prince (1974) starring Richard Kiley, Bob Fosse and Gene Wilder

Lucky Lady (1975) starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds

Movie Movie (1978) starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere and Barry Bostwick

Saturn 3 (1980) starring Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel

Blame It on Rio (1984) starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna and Michelle Johnson (I've also included an interview with Donen about the movie).

In addition to his many films, Donen also directed the music video for Lionel Richie's 1986 hit, "Dancing on the Ceiling", as well as the 1993 Broadway musical, The Red Shoes.

On March 23, 1998, director Martin Scorsese presented an Honorary Academy Award to Donen during the 70th Academy Awards.

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