Charles Walters

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Charles Walters (November 17, 1911 – August 13, 1982) was a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies in from the 1940s to the 1960s.

He was born in Pasadena, California, and educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

He is notable for directing Esther Williams' musicals involving underwater swimming and diving sequences, such as Dangerous When Wet, as well as several musicals starring Leslie Caron, such as Gigi (for which he is uncredited) and Lili. He has also directed musical remakes, including High Society, a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), and Bundle of Joy, a remake of Bachelor Mother (1939). That film began his professional relationship with Debbie Reynolds, whom he directed in her greatest triumph, the film version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Walters also directed the last pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Barkleys of Broadway, as well as Cary Grant in the actor's last film Walk, Don't Run.

Walters died from lung cancer at the age of 71.

According to William J. Mann's book Behind the Screen, Walters was gay.

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