|Born||Herbert David Ross
May 13, 1927
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 9, 2001
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
(1959–1987; her death)
(1988–2001; divorced)
Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 – October 9, 2001) was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film fields.
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.
Ross's first film assignment came as an uncredited choreographer on Carmen Jones (1954). In the UK, he choreographed The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1963), both starring Cliff Richard. Later, he worked with Barbra Streisand as choreographer and director of musical numbers for Funny Girl (1968)
His film directorial debut came with the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), made by MGM-British, with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. He went on to direct films involving ballet, such as The Turning Point (1977), Nijinsky (1980) and Dancers (1987). 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 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||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, but no wins.
Ross won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
|Film||1984||Footloose||director||2 Academy Award nominations.|
|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 nomination.
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.
- Lyman, Rick. "Herbert Ross, Broadway Choreographer Turned Hollywood Director, Dies at 74" The new York Times, October 11, 2001
- "Herbert Ross (1925 - 2001)". Find a Grave. 20 July 2001.
- "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved March 16, 2013.