FEBRUARY 2nd 1996
was a sad day, when the world said goodbye to a legend of stage and screen and a unique and much-loved human being.
Twenty years later, the legend live on, in the hearts of those whose lives have been touched by him in so many ways. Every day, somewhere in the world, someone bears witness to the positive input Gene Kelly has had for them personally.
That is his true legacy, that he continues to bring joy, radiate love, and encourage others to be the best they can be.
Thank you Gene.
We honour you and remember you
with respect and love
I came across this description of people born on 23rd August. I think the writer had Gene in mind. What do you think?
They have a mercurial, kinetic charm that brings them great affection. A graceful bearing combines with a light touch of sophistication. They are guileless, nice individuals…Everyone wants to be friends with August 23 people. These friendly, energetic souls are so likable it’s difficult to resist them…Parenthood is one of their great joys…they achieve their goals in an orderly, practical manner…Because of their enthusiastic nature, they never lose faith in their ability to make things happen…
A rose called Singin' In The Rain.
I picked it in my garden
“Large was his bounty
And his soul sincere.”
(Thomas Gray. Elegy In a Country Churchyard.)
God then made man.
The Italian for beauty.
The French for fine food.
The Swede for intelligence.
The Jew for religion.
And on and on until he looked at what
he had created and said,
"This is all very fine but no one is having fun.
I guess I'll have to make me an Irishman."
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.
This is the particular crown
and triumph of the artist -
not to be true merely but to be lovable;
not simply to convince - but to enchant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
This was drawn by Gene at the end of a Valentine's Day letter to friends.
There is no shortage of information on the life and work of Gene Kelly. His biography and filmography can be found in many and varied websites, books and articles written over the years. So I will not waste web space repeating what you probably know or can easily discover.
All I want to do is to pay my respects to a very special man, who has brought much joy and comfort into my life and the lives of countless others.
I wish more than anything that I could have written to him to thank him for the legacy he has given to us, of making us believe we can do anything, if we only try hard enough, but I never knew his magic until it was too late to tell him. So this is my ‘Thank you’ letter to Gene.
I make no apology that the quotes on the following pages focus only on the positive aspects of Gene and his work. Much has been written about him, good and bad, and I am fully aware that he was no Irish saint. He was a human being, with his fair share of accompanying imperfections. But I figure that the positive things said about him are more likely to reflect the truth, whereas negative comments can sometimes come with their own agenda. I believe that the love, joy, and dreams, which filled his heart and overflowed to millions of others worldwide, far outweigh his shortcomings. There are other places where Gene’s ‘faults’ and ‘failings’ are mentioned. I want to redress the balance a little. So I make no claim to being impartial – after all, I am a fan!
During the last few years I have collected every movie he made, most of his music, and some radio and TV appearances, and have read and learned and talked as much about him, and the world in which he lived and worked, as I can. From this research I have deduced that he was warm, loving, highly intelligent, amazingly hard working, self-contained, sociable, strong, virile, charismatic, tactile, childlike, charitable, straightforward, pragmatic, unpretentious, fair, tenacious, happy in his own skin, other-worldly, unselfish, emotional, single-minded, generous, funny, honest, serious, home-loving, democratic, protective of those he cared for, self-critical, courageous in the face of personal tragedy, a man of integrity, a born leader and teacher. He was spectacularly good to look at from head to toe and from every angle and at almost any age. He was an excellent, natural, actor; a singer who, although being no Caruso, could touch the heart; a highly competent inspirational director and producer; an incomparable dancer who could weave a story without words and move an audience to tears or laughter; and a truly great choreographer. He was a creative genius and a good human being.
Is it any wonder that every day, somewhere in the world, someone is still writing about, talking about, reading about, watching or falling in love with Gene Kelly?
I would like to thank those whose words I have used. If you want more information on the sources of the quotes please email me. email@example.com
I hope you enjoy my small contribution to Gene-ology! I will add to the site whenever I am able to.
For any non-geeks, i.e. anyone who does not know every line of every movie Gene Kelly ever made, all the page titles etc are taken from An American In Paris, Gene's masterpiece and my favourite movie.
I would like to thank with all my heart every one of my wonderful friends who has supplied me with items for the site. Without you it would be a much sparser place! Thank you for all the pictures, articles, DVDs, references, clippings etc. And thank you for all the loving support you have given to me as I have sought to honour Gene's memory. He is continuing his legacy as joybringer in the friendships forged through our shared interest, our love for him and his work.