Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gene Kelly, and in his honor NPR had a nice segment this morning, by Susan Stamberg. You can listen to it here, or read a print version; both with quotes from Edward Villella and Arlene Croce, Kelly’s self-description as “the Marlon Brando of dance” (Fred Astaire was the Cary Grant), and Stamberg’s charming retelling of her own brief meeting with Kelly. (No, they didn’t dance.) She concludes with the reminder that the best way to celebrate Kelly, who died in 1996, is to “sit in front of a screen somewhere and watch him dance.” Be my guest.
Well, of course I had to include “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s another, with Kelly on roller skates for “It’s Always Fair Weather” (1955).