Life and career
He is notable for directing many popular and successful MGM musicals, such as Good News (1947), Easter Parade (1948) and High Society (1956), featuring some of the studio's biggest stars, including Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, June Allyson and Esther Williams.
Before directing feature films, Walters was one of the leading dance directors at MGM. Among the movies he choreographed are Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Best Foot Forward (1943) and Girl Crazy (1943, in which he danced with Judy Garland in "Embraceable You").
He received a Best Director Oscar nomination for the 1953 film Lili starring Leslie Caron, for which Caron was also Oscar nominated. He also directed Debbie Reynolds to her only Oscar nomination in the film version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).
Walters directed the last pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), as well as Cary Grant in the actor's last film Walk, Don't Run, a 1966 remake of The More the Merrier. He also directed Doris Day in her last musical, Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962).
Brent Phillips' book, Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, illuminates Walters' private life as a gay man. Walters died from lung cancer at the age of 70. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6402 Hollywood Blvd.
- Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
- Good News (1947)
- Easter Parade (1948)
- The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
- Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (uncredited)
- Summer Stock (1950)
- Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
- Texas Carnival (1951)
- The Belle of New York (1952)
- Lili (1953)
- Dangerous When Wet (1953)
- Torch Song (1953)
- Easy to Love (1953)
- The Glass Slipper (1955)
- The Tender Trap (1955)
- High Society (1956)
- Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
- Gigi (1958) (uncredited)
- Ask Any Girl (1959)
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
- Cimarron (1960) (uncredited)
- Go Naked in the World (1961) (uncredited)
- Two Loves (1961)
- Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
- Walk, Don't Run (1966)
- Pied Piper Malone (1924) - Child
- Presenting Lily Mars (1943) - Lily's Dance Partner in Finale (uncredited)
- Girl Crazy (1943) - Student (uncredited)
- Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945) - Sailor (uncredited)
- Lili (1953) - Dancer (uncredited)
- Torch Song (1953) - Ralph Ellis (uncredited)
- Easy to Love (1953) - Nightclub Dancer with Cyd Charisse (uncredited, last appearance)
Phillips, Brent. Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813147215.
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