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.

Filmography[edit]

As Director[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
1949 On the Town Co-directed with Gene Kelly [1]
1951 Royal Wedding [1]
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever [1]
Singin' in the Rain Co-directed with Gene Kelly
also choreographer
[1]
Fearless Fagan [1]
1953 Give a Girl a Break Also choreographer [1]
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [1]
Deep in My Heart [1]
1955 It's Always Fair Weather Co-directed with Gene Kelly
also choreographer
[1]
1957 Funny Face [1]
The Pajama Game Co-directed with George Abbott
also producer
[1]
Kiss Them for Me [1]
1958 Indiscreet Also producer [1]
Damn Yankees! Co-directed with George Abbott
also producer
[1]
1960 Once More, with Feeling! Also producer [1]
Surprise Package Also producer [1]
The Grass Is Greener Also producer [1]
1963 Charade Also producer [1]
1966 Arabesque Also producer [1]
1967 Two for the Road Also producer [1]
Bedazzled Also producer [1]
1969 Staircase Also producer [1]
1974 The Little Prince Also producer [1]
1975 Lucky Lady [1]
1978 Movie Movie Also producer [1]
1980 Saturn 3 Also producer [1]
1984 Blame It on Rio Also producer [1]
1999 Love Letters Television movie [1]

As choreographer[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
1943 Best Foot Forward Edward Buzzell [2]
1944 Cover Girl Charles Vidor [1]
Hey, Rookie Charles Barton [1]
Jam Session Charles Barton [3]
Kansas City Kitty Del Lord [4]
1945 Anchors Aweigh George Sidney [1]
Holiday in Mexico George Sidney [1]
1946 No Leave, No Love Charles Martin [1]
1947 Living in a Big Way Gregory La Cava [1]
This Time for Keeps Richard Thorpe [1]
Killer McCoy Roy Rowland [1]
1948 Big City Norman Taurog [1]
A Date with Judy Richard Thorpe [1]
The Kissing Bandit Laslo Benedek [1]
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Busby Berkeley [1]
1951 Double Dynamite Irving Cummings [5]
1953 Sombrero Norman Foster [6]

Other Work[edit]

Year Title Notes Director Ref.
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, & 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 Venus Notes Ref.
1940-41 Pal Joey Albert Doane, dancer Ethel Barrymore Theatre [11]
1941-42 Best Foot Forward Ensemble, dancing boy, asst. choreography Ethel Barrymore Theatre [12]
1942 Beat the Band Stage manager, assistant choreographer 46th Street Theatre [11][13]
1946-48 Call Me Mister Additional choreography Majestic Theatre Uncredited [14]
1985-86 Singin' in the Rain Original film choreography Gershwin Theatre [15]
1993 The Red Shoes Director Gershwin Theatre [16]
2002-03 Adult Entertainment Director, choreographer Variety Arts Theatre Written by Elaine May [17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards
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
Event
[21]
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
Event
[28]
2009 The Astaire Awards Douglas Watt 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Won [29]
2010 Film Society of Lincoln Center Week-long tribute and retrospective
Event
[30]
2011 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won [31]
2014 Nickelodeon Theatre Month-long tribute and retrospective
Event
[32]
2015 Marbella International Film Festival Tribute at la Semana Internacional de Cine
Event
[33]
2017 South Carolina Hall of Fame Inductee Won [34]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Silverman 1996, p. 46.
  3. ^ Hirschhorn, Clive (1984). Gene Kelly: a Biography. W.H. Allen. p. 242. ISBN 0-491-03182-3.
  4. ^ Hirschhorn, Clive (1984). Gene Kelly: a Biography. W.H. Allen. p. 247. ISBN 0-491-03182-3.
  5. ^ "Double Dynamite (1951)". American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sombrero (1953)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Complete Filmography". www.tcm.com. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Silverman 1996, pp. 336–337.
  9. ^ "Love's labour's lost [DVD]". The Prince George Public Library. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Stanley Donen, You Just Do It". Wichita Films. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Wakeman 1988, pp. 273–282.
  12. ^ Silverman 1996, pp. 30–31.
  13. ^ "Visual History with Stanley Donen". Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  14. ^ Casper 1983, p. 7.
  15. ^ a b "Stanley Donen". Playbill. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  16. ^ Silverman 1996, pp. 337–338.
  17. ^ "THEATER REVIEW; Is She a Serious Actress? XXXtremely". The New York Times. December 12, 2002. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Golden Shells". San Sebastián International Film Festival. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  19. ^ Silverman 1996, pp. 333–334.
  20. ^ "AWARDS/FOUNDER'S DIRECTING AWARD: OLIVER STONE". sffs.org. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  21. ^ Bergan, Ronald (August 17, 1995). "Stanley Donen is miserable; The Edinburgh Festival DAY 5". The Independent. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  22. ^ "The Musical Man". The Palm Beach Post. April 4, 1999. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  23. ^ Reno Gazette-Journal. March 16, 1999 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/151158827/. Retrieved December 10, 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "ASCAP Opus Award Honoring Stanley Donen". The ASCAP Foundation. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  25. ^ "A Threat to Hollywood egos". Page Six. November 3, 2001. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  26. ^ "16th Annual ASC Awards — 2001". American Society of Cinematographers. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  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.
  29. ^ "2009 Astaire Awards Are Presented". theatermania.com. June 1, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "The One, the Only Stanley Donen". Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  31. ^ "Stanley Donen to be honored at New York Israel Film Fest". New York Daily News. April 22, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  32. ^ "Columbia (Finally) Celebrates Stanley Donen, Pioneer of Hollywood Musicals". free-times.com. July 23, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  33. ^ Martin, Lucas (December 19, 2015). "Stanley Donen, de estatua a hombre en la gran Costa". laopiniondemalaga.es (in Spanish). Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  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.

Bibliography

  • 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.