Stanley Donen, the co-director of Singin’ in the Rain, has died. He was 94. He'd co-directed the 1952 romance musical film along with Gene Kelly.
His death was confirmed by his family. Hid sons Mark Donen and Joshua Donen told the Associated Press that their father passed away on Thursday, February 21, in Manhattan.
As for the cause of death, according to his family, the famed director died from heart failure.
Make 'Em Laugh was added late in the filming of Singin' In The Rain. Director #StanleyDonen realized that phenom Donald O'Conner did not have his own number and so the one take wonder was created. O'Conner was a four pack a day smoker and flubbed the first ending. This is take 2. pic.twitter.com/bfzqv2cH9Z— Reconsidering Cinema (@coenesqued) February 24, 2019
Donen helmed two of the most notable musicals of the 1950s, Funny Face and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Donen and Kelly also co-directed It’s Always Fair Weather (1955) and On the Town (1949) together.
He had also worked with renowned director George Abbott during his career. Donen and Abbott co-directed two excellent film adaptations, Damn Yankees (1958) and The Pajama Game (1957).
Donen, who was also a choreographer, was awarded an honorary Oscar "in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation."
Donan was married five times in his life. His ex-wives are Jeanne Coyne (1948-1951), Marion Marshall (1952-1959), Adelle O'Connor Beatty (1960-1971), Yvette Mimieux (1972-1985) and Pamela Braden (1990-1994).
A memorial for the late famed director will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Stanley Donen!
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