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He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly

by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Availablecloth$39.95 978-0-8131-6934-7
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Screen Classics
560 pages  Pubdate: 05/16/2017  6 x 9  78 b&w photos

He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities—including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.

Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly's wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor's life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.

Cynthia Brideson is coauthor of Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer and Also Starring . . . : Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood’s Golden Era, 1930–1965.

Sara Brideson (1990–2017) was coauthor of Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer and Also Starring . . . : Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era 1930–1965.

[R]eaders will get a well-documented recounting of a man who, despite shortcomings, believed that 'true talent seems to show itself most often in kindness.' -- Library Journal

The Brideson sisters—the authors of Ziegfeld and His Folliescover Kelly’s professional story in full detail. . . . He’s Got Rhythm provides a comprehensive overview enhanced by references to many previously published works. -- Jeanine Basinger -- New York Times Book Review