GENE KELLY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 74077
Sale Price $216.00
Black and white publicity photograph of Gene Kelly in a scene from Les Girls.
Photograph signed: "Gene Kelly". B/w, 10x8 overall, image 9¼x7¼ (one surface). Still from the 1957 film, Les Girls, Kelly's last musical under his contract with M-G-M. He is pictured here with actress Kay Kendall (not signing). The film, which co-starred Mitzi Gaynor, won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Sound. It won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. ©1957, Loew's Incorporated. Captioned at lower margin. In the year he appeared in this film, Kelly also directed, produced and starred in The Happy Road. Actor, director and innovative dancer/choreographer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) was a major star in 1950s and 1960s MGM musicals, including Singin' in the Rain (1952). In 1951, he received a special Academy Award "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specially for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film". Although Kelly, along with Fred Astaire, was the most successful song-and-dance man in film history, his 1952 film marked the peak of his career, and Kelly moved to Europe to take advantage of tax exemptions. Shortly after he returned to Hollywood, Kelly starred in Brigadoon (1954). His other films include Anchors Aweigh (1945; Best Actor Academy Award nomination), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), What a Way to Go! (1964) and Xanadu (1980), and Kelly also hosted and starred in several TV series and miniseries and made guest appearances on a number of TV shows from 1954-1984. Minor surface creases, light surface striation (not evident head on) at Kelly's facial image. Fine condition.
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