|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|
(m. 1959; her death 1987)
(m. 1988; div. 2001)
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.
Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha Grundfast and Louis Chester Ross, a postal clerk. At the age of 9, his mother died and his father moved the family to Miami and opened a luncheonette.
In 1942, Ross' stage debut came as "Third Witch" in a 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).
In September 1998, he married for the second time to Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The marriage ended in divorce in 2001, shortly before his death. In 2013, Lee described their relationship as follows:
“he was certainly different from anybody else I’d been involved with, and the film world sounded exciting. Well, it wasn’t. I hated Hollywood, and the provincialism of the industry... Herbert had been married to the ballerina Nora Kaye until she died, and unbeknownst to me was still obsessed by her. It was ‘Nora said this, Nora did it like that, Nora liked brown and orange.’ If anybody even breathed her name, Herbert would burst into tears. I had to clench my fists every time and was deeply hurt as I thought I had created a wonderful life for him. Thank God we never really settled in Los Angeles. My New York was difficult for Herbert, so we parted..."
On October 9, 2001, Ross died from heart failure in New York City. A memorial was held for him at the Majestic Theater on West 44th Street in New York where Leslie Browne, Barbara Cook, Arthur Laurents, Marsha Mason, Mike Nichols and Mary-Louise Parker spoke of Ross. He was interred with Kaye in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
|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.|
|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|
|Film||1995||Boys on the Side||director, producer||Last film
The film was entered into the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.
- Lyman, Rick (11 October 2001). "Herbert Ross, Broadway Choreographer Turned Hollywood Director, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Kisselgoff, Anna (6 January 1994). "Review/Dance; From Perfectionism to Pastiche In the Films of Herbert Ross". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Bosworth, Patricia (20 November 1977). "On Stage and Screen, It's All Coming Up Ross's". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Canby, Vincent (20 March 1980). "The Screen: 'Nijinsky,' Filmed by Herbert Ross; Pointeless". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Kisselgoff, Anna (25 October 1987). "DANCE VIEW; Dancers': More Than Meets The Eye". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Maslin, Janet (3 February 1995). "FILM REVIEW; Another Buddy Story, With a Twist or Two". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Gates, Anita (19 February 1995). "TAKING THE CHILDREN; Zipping Through School, but, Boy, Is He Dumb". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Martin, John (26 June 1943). "NORA KAYE MAKES 'SWAN LAKE' DEBUT; Her Performance High Point of Ballet Program at the Lewisohn Stadium EGLEVSKY AS THE PRINCE Markova, Massine, Laing and Tudor Dance in 'Aleko' --'Bluebeard' Also Seen". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Kisselgoff, Anna (8 June 1977). "Nora Kaye Recollects". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Anderson, Jack (5 January 1988). "Nora Kaye Honored In Memorial Tribute By Artist Colleagues". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- Nemy, Enid (12 August 1999). "Anthony Stanislas Radziwill, 40, Award-Winning TV Producer". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Lee Bouvier Radziwill Weds Herbert Ross, Film Director". The New York Times. 24 September 1988. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "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.
- Haslam, Nicky (February 7, 2013). "The Real Lee Radziwill". The New York Times Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Paid Notice: Deaths ROSS, HERBERT D.". The New York Times. 12 October 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Paid Notice: Deaths ROSS, HERBERT". The New York Times. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Memorial for Herbert Ross". The New York Times. 14 December 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Herbert Ross (1925 - 2001)". Find a Grave. 20 July 2001.
- "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved March 16, 2013.