... that Gene Kelly was awarded a special Academy Award in 1952 in honor of his lifetime achievement in film dance and choreography. The award was a special acknowledgement of his dance, acting and choreography work in the previous year's An American in Paris. Learn more in our Tribute to An American in Paris.
... Gene Kelly graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1933. Here is the plaque that the school erected to honor him.
... that Gene Kelly was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and if you live in Pittsburgh and are a high school student interested in musical theater there's no greater honor than being a recipient of the Gene Kelly Awards.
... that during the 1950's Communist witch hunts, Gene Kelly was investigated by the Department of the Navy. You can read his very comprehensive reply to these charges here: "I would no more consider being a Communist that I would consider being a member of a voodoo sect." he wrote.
... that even though he doesn't say much we loved seeing Gene Kelly on the old television game show What's My Line?
... so you've heard of the Chicken Dance and the Macarena but have you heard of a dance called Ballin the Jack? Let Gene Kelly and Judy Garland show it to you in For Me an My Gal.
... guaranteed to put a smile on your face (and maybe if you're like us a little tear in your eye) Gene Kelly surrounded by a bunch of Muppets and a wonderful musical moment.
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Gene Kelly is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Gene Kelly's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6153 Hollywood Blvd.
Former Home of Gene Kelly
725 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA SEE MAP