Filmography and awards of Stanley Donen

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Stanley Donen (/ˈdɔːnən/ DAWN-ən; April 13, 1924-February 21, 2019) was an American film director and choreographer, and occasionally worked in the American theater. He has directed 28 feature films and worked on various other films or television projects, often as a choreographer. He began his career in the chorus line on Broadway for director George Abbott, where he befriended Gene Kelly. Shortly afterwards he moved to Hollywood and collaborated with Kelly on numerous films as a chorographer until they became co-directors on his feature film debut On the Town. In 1952 Donen and Kelly co-directed the musical Singin' in the Rain, regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. He went on to direct hit films for several decades thereafter, many of which are currently regarded as classics. He has won numerous awards for his life's work, most notably an Honorary Academy Award in 1998 and a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival in 2004.


As director
Year Title Cast Notes Ref.
1949 On the Town Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Vera-Ellen Co-directed with Gene Kelly [1]
1951 Royal Wedding Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill [1]
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever Larry Parks, Elizabeth Taylor [1]
Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen Co-directed with Gene Kelly, also choreographer [1]
Fearless Fagan Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter [1]
1953 Give a Girl a Break Debbie Reynolds, Marge Champion, Helen Wood, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Kurt Kasznar Also choreographer [1]
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Howard Keel, Jane Powell [1]
Deep in My Heart José Ferrer, Helen Traubel, Merle Oberon [1]
1955 It's Always Fair Weather Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray Co-directed with Gene Kelly, also choreographer [1]
1957 Funny Face Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson [1]
The Pajama Game Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney Co-directed with George Abbott, also producer [1]
Kiss Them for Me Cary Grant, Suzy Parker, Jayne Mansfield, Ray Walston, Larry Blyden [1]
1958 Indiscreet Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman Also producer [1]
Damn Yankees! Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston Co-directed with George Abbott, also producer [1]
1960 Once More, with Feeling! Yul Brynner, Kay Kendall Also producer [1]
Surprise Package Yul Bryner, Mitzi Gaynor, Noël Coward Also producer [1]
The Grass Is Greener Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons Also producer [1]
1963 Charade Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy Also producer [1]
1966 Arabesque Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren Also producer [1]
1967 Two for the Road Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney Also producer [1]
Bedazzled Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch Also producer [1]
1969 Staircase Rex Harrison, Richard Burton Also producer [1]
1974 The Little Prince Steven Warner, Richard Kiley, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder Also producer [1]
1975 Lucky Lady Liza Minnelli, Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds [1]
1978 Movie Movie George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Red Buttons, Eli Wallach, Barry Bostwick, George Burns, Michael Kidd, Art Carney Also producer [1]
1980 Saturn 3 Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel Also producer [1]
1984 Blame It on Rio Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore, Valerie Harper Also producer [1]
1999 Love Letters Steven Weber, Laura Linney Television movie [1]
As choreographer
Year Title Cast Director
1943 Best Foot Forward Lucille Ball, William Gaxton Edward Buzzell [2]
1944 Cover Girl Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly Charles Vidor [1]
Hey, Rookie Ann Miller, Joe Besser, Larry Parks Charles Barton [1]
Jam Session Ann Miller, Jess Barker, Louis Armstrong Charles Barton [3]
Kansas City Kitty Joan Davis, Bob Crosby, Jane Frazee Del Lord [4]
1945 Anchors Aweigh Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson George Sidney [1]
Holiday in Mexico Walter Pidgeon, Ilona Massey, Roddy McDowall George Sidney [1]
1946 No Leave, No Love Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Patricia Kirkwood Charles Martin [1]
1947 Living in a Big Way Gene Kelly, Marie McDonald, Charles Winninger Gregory La Cava [1]
This Time for Keeps Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante Richard Thorpe [1]
Killer McCoy Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth Roy Rowland [1]
1948 Big City Margaret O'Brien, Robert Preston, Danny Thomas Norman Taurog [1]
A Date with Judy Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Robert Stack Richard Thorpe [1]
The Kissing Bandit Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish, Ricardo Montalbán, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse Laslo Benedek [1]
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin, Edward Arnold Busby Berkeley [1]
1951 Double Dynamite Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra Irving Cummings [5]
1953 Sombrero Vittorio Gassman, Nina Foch, Pier Angeli, José Greco Norman Foster [6]
Other work
Year Title Notes Director
1943 Best Foot Forward Chorus dancer Edward Buzzell [2]
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Co-wrote the original story with Gene Kelly Busby Berkeley [7]
1955 Kismet Uncredited director of the last three days of shooting and one day of re-shoots when director Vincent Minnelli left the production Vincent Minnelli [7]
1986 Moonlighting Television episode: "Big Man on Mulberry Street", directed dance sequences Christian I. Nyby II, Stanley Donen [8]
Dancing on the Ceiling Directed the music video for the Lionel Richie song Stanley Donen [8]
58th Academy Awards Producer of the Academy Awards ceremony Marty Pasetta [8]
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Presenter (U.S. release) Kenneth Branagh [9]
2010 Stanley Donen: You Just Do It Interviewee, documentary feature on Donen's life and career Clara Kuperberg, Julia Kuperberg [10]

Stage work[edit]

Dates Title Role/Position Notes Ref.
December 25, 1940 – November 29, 1941 Pal Joey Albert Doane, dancer [11]
October 1, 1941 – July 4, 1942 Best Foot Forward Ensemble, dancing boy, assistant choreography [12]
October 14, 1942 – December 12, 1942 Beat the Band Stage manager, assistant choreographer [11][13]
April 18, 1946 – January 10, 1948 Call Me Mister Additional choreography Uncredited [14]
July 2, 1985 – May 18, 1986 Singin' in the Rain Original film choreography [15]
December 16, 1993 – December 19, 1993 The Red Shoes Director [16]
December 11, 2002 – April 13, 2003 Adult Entertainment Director, choreographer Written by Elaine May [17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Organization Award Result Ref.
1952 Directors Guild of America Awards Best Director, Singin' in the Rain (with Gene Kelly) Nominated [1]
1954 Directors Guild of America Awards Best Director, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Nominated [1]
1957 Directors Guild of America Awards Best Director, Funny Face Nominated [1]
1958 Directors Guild of America Awards Best Director, Damn Yankees! (with George Abbott) Nominated [1]
1967 Directors Guild of America Awards Best Director, Two for the Road Nominated [1]
1967 San Sebastián International Film Festival Golden Seashell Award, Two for the Road Won [18]
1986 Drama Desk Award Best Choreography (original version), Singin' in the Rain Nominated [15]
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Career Achievement Award Won [1]
1989 University of South Carolina Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts Won [19]
1995 National Board of Review Billy Wilder Award Won [1]
1995 San Francisco International Film Festival Akira Kurosawa Award Won [20]
1995 Edinburgh International Festival Retrospective
1996 Palm Springs International Film Festival Director's Achievement Award Won [citation needed]
1998 Academy Awards Academy Honorary Award Won [1]
1999 Palm Beach International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won [22]
1999 Joseph Plateau Awards Life Achievement Award Won [citation needed]
1999 American Cinema Editors Awards Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award Won [23]
2000 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Opus Award Won [24]
2001 Savannah Film Festival Johnny Mercer Award Won [25]
2001 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Board of the Governors Award Won [26]
2004 Venice Film Festival Career Golden Lion Won [27]
2009 Boston Pops Orchestra Tribute Performance
2009 The Astaire Awards Douglas Watt 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Won [29]
2010 Film Society of Lincoln Center Week-long tribute and retrospective
2011 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won [31]
2014 Nickelodeon Theatre Month-long tribute and retrospective
2015 Marbella International Film Festival Tribute at la Semana Internacional de Cine
2017 South Carolina Hall of Fame Inductee Won [34]


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  6. ^ "Sombrero (1953)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
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  14. ^ Casper 1983, p. 7.
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  18. ^ "Golden Shells". San Sebastián International Film Festival. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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  27. ^ "'Vera Drake' wins Venice Film Festival". Today. September 12, 2004. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  28. ^ "2009 Boston Pops Season To Include Barbara Cook, Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, The Music of Richard Rodgers and more". OnStage Boston. February 2, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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  34. ^ "Official South Carolina Hall of Fame Trustees Announce Inductees for 2017" (PDF). South Carolina Hall of Fame. May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.


  • Casper, Joseph A. (1983). Stanley Donen. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-1615-6.
  • Silverman, Stephen M. (1996). Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies. New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-679-41412-6.
  • Wakeman, John (1988). World Film Directors, Volume 2. The H. W. Wilson Company. pp. 273–282. ISBN 0-8242-0763-7.

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