|Born||Herbert David Ross
May 13, 1927
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||October 9, 2001
New York City
(1959–1987; her death)
(1988–2001; divorced)
Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 – October 9, 2001) was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer predominantly in the stage and film fields.
Early life and career
Ross was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha (Grundfast) and Louis Chester Ross. His stage debut came as "Third Witch" in a 1942 touring company of Macbeth. The next year brought his first Broadway performance credits with Something for the Boys. By 1950 he was a choreographer with the American Ballet Theatre and choreographed his first Broadway production, the Arthur Schwartz-Dorothy Fields musical adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
His first film assignment came as an uncredited choreographer on Carmen Jones (1954). In 1968, he worked with Barbra Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for Funny Girl. His film directorial debut came with a musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. Other movies of critical acclaim followed in the 1970s and 1980s such as Neil Simon's adaptations of his own plays and film adaptations of Broadway productions through his last project, Boys on the Side (1995).
He was widowed from his first wife the ballerina Nora Kaye, she having succumbed to cancer in 1987 at 67. His second marriage in 1988 to Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, ended in divorce in 2001.
|Play||1942||Macbeth||Actor (Third Witch)||Debut (touring company)|
|Play||1943||Something for the Boys||Debut (Broadway), music and lyrics by Cole Porter|
|Play||1944||Laffing Room Only|
|Play||1948||"Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!"|
|Play||1950||American Ballet Theatre||choreographer|
|Play||1951||A Tree Grows in Brooklyn||choreographer||Debut (Broadway production)|
|Film||1954||Carmen Jones||choreographer, uncredited||Debut (Film)|
|Film||1961||The Young Ones||choreographer||Cliff Richard|
|Film||1963||Summer Holiday||choreographer||Cliff Richard|
|Film||1968||Funny Girl||choreographer||musical numbers with Barbra Streisand|
|Film||1969||Goodbye, Mr. Chips||director||Debut (Film director), 2 Academy Award nominations.|
|Film||1970||The Owl and the Pussycat||director||Barbra Streisand|
|Film||1975||Funny Lady||director||5 Academy Award nominations. Barbra Streisand|
|Film||1981||Pennies From Heaven||director, producer||3 Academy Award nominations.|
|Film||1971||T.R. Baskin||director||Peter Hyams|
|Film||1984||Footloose||director||1 Academy Award nominations.|
|Film||1975||The Sunshine Boys||director||4 Academy Award nominations. The film won Best Supporting Actor.
Neil Simon's play
|Film||1977||The Turning Point||Director, producer||11 Academy Award nominations.
Despite these nominations, the film won no Oscars.
|Film||1995||Boys on the Side||Director, producer||Last film
The film was entered into the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.
|Play||1952||Three Wishes for Jamie||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1954||House of Flowers||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1958||The Body Beautiful||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1960||Finian's Rainbow||choreographer||Broadway, revival|
|Play||1961||The Gay Life||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1962||I Can Get It for You Wholesale||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1964||Anyone Can Whistle||choreographer||Broadway, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim|
|Play||1965||Do I Hear a Waltz?||choreographer||Broadway, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim|
|Play||1965||On a Clear Day You Can See Forever||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1965||The Apple Tree||choreographer||Broadway|
|Play||1977||Chapter Two||director||Neil Simon's play|
|Play||1980||I Ought to Be in Pictures||director||Broadway, Neil Simon's play|
|TV||1958||Wonderful Town||director||Debut (TV film)|
|Film||1972||Play It Again, Sam||director||Woody Allen|
|Film||1973||The Last of Sheila||Director, producer||Debut (Film producer)|
|Film||1976||The Seven-Per-Cent Solution||Director, producer||2 Academy Award nominations.|
|Film||1977||The Goodbye Girl||director||5 Academy Award nominations. The film won Best Actor.|
|Film||1978||California Suite||director||3 Academy Award nominations. The film won Best Supporting Actress. Neil Simon's play|
|Film||1982||I Ought to Be in Pictures||Director, producer||Neil Simon's play|
|Film||1983||Max Dugan Returns||Director, producer||Neil Simon's play|
|Film||1987||The Secret of My Success||Director, producer|
|Film||1989||Steel Magnolias||Director||1 Academy Award nominations.
Biggest hit film.
Adaptation of Robert Harling's play (1987).
|Film||1990||My Blue Heaven||Director, producer|
|Film||1991||True Colors||Director, producer|
|Film||1991||Soapdish||Executive producer||Only film project he did not direct|
- "Lee Bouvier Radziwill Weds Herbert Ross, Film Director". New York Times. September 24, 1988. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
Lee Bouvier Radziwill (younger sister of the late former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), and Herbert Ross were married yesterday evening at the bride's home in New York by Justice E. Leo Milonas of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, First Department. After the ceremony, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the sister of the bride, gave a dinner party for the couple at her home in New York. Rudolf Nureyev, the dancer and director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and John Taras, the associate director of American Ballet Theatre, attended the couple.
- "Herbert Ross (1925 - 2001)". Find a Grave. 20 July 2001.
- "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- Herbert Ross at Find A Grave
- Herbert Ross at the Internet Broadway Database
- Herbert Ross at the Internet Movie Database