Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gene Kelly is awesome

Following on from a comment on the postcard post I just posted (hahah), I agree, I WOULD love to travel back in time. And make out with Gene Kelly. He's so magnetic to me!!
He epitomises for me a proper hollywood star! He could sing and dance and act and he was pretty.
Thinking about it now, I think he has to be the only reason I have a thing about Navy uniforms and those giant white trousers. And those tight 50s shirts! *sigh* I mean look at that picture where he's wearing chinos that are like, rolled up. Noone else could not look like a tool wearing that, but he just looks so cool!

and omg i just found this awesome clip on youtube where he dances with this ghost mirror version of himself. its so amaxing! how did he stay in sync?!









Hahah this clip is long and insane. Fred Astaire is kind of a better dancer than Gene but Gene always has this kind of gentrified beefcake thing. Fred is just too skinny and fey seeming to be sexy.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Suit yourself. My target is Audrey Hepburn.

Dave

Jason W said...

I loved the "Anchors Aweigh" reference in Family Guy's "Road to Rupert".

Anonymous said...

I sure wish I could go back in time. Not to make out with anyone, but to try and change some regretful decisions.

I think you'll find a modern-day Gene Kelly and live happily ever-after.

Good luck with that.

SOMMER said...

If I could go back in time...I'd take a crack at Rock Hudson. Worlds have turned on such thoughts.

Anonymous said...

In "Summer Stock" (not a great movie overall) Gene dances with a squeaky floorboard and a piece of newspaper. Those MGM musicals could be amazingly creative.

Geoff

WildbillthePirate said...

From Wikipedia:
Personal life
Kelly was married to Betsy Blair for 15 years (1941 - 1957) and they had one child, Kerry. She divorced Kelly in 1957. In 1960, Kelly married his choreographic assistant Jeanne Coyne who had divorced Stanley Donen in 1949 after a brief marriage. He remained married to Coyne from 1960 till her death in 1973 and they had two children Bridget and Tim. He was married to Patricia Ward from 1990 until his death in 1996.

Gene Kelly was a lifelong Democratic Party supporter with strong progressive convictions, which occasionally created difficulty for him as his heyday coincided with the McCarthy era in the US. In 1947, he was part of the Committee for the First Amendment, the Hollywood delegation which flew to Washington to protest at the first official hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. His first wife, Betsy Blair, was suspected of being a Communist sympathiser and when MGM, who had offered Blair a part in Marty (1955), were considering withdrawing her under pressure from the American Legion, Kelly successfully threatened MGM with a pullout from It's Always Fair Weather unless his wife was restored to the part.[2][11] He used his position on the board of directors of The Writer's Guild of America on a number of occasions to mediate disputes between unions and the Hollywood studios, and although he was frequently accused by the Right of championing the unions, he was valued by the studios as an effective mediator.

A gregarious and highly articulate individual, he retained a lifelong passion for sports and relished competition. With his first wife, he organised weekly parties at his Beverly Hills home which were renowned for an intensely competitive and physical version of charades, known as "The Game"

Most of his kids are too old for you but check out the Grandkids. You never know...

Anonymous said...

The squeaky board/newspaper dance from "Summer Stock" can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFJrV3pI5Zs.

And welcome back, Paperlilies!

Geoff

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Nedyfay said...

They just don't make Hollywood stars like they used to, Paperlilies.

~ Nedyfay.

Luiza said...

I thought it was just me... I love Gene. Especially in An American in Paris.