A dominant force in 1940’s musicals, he is also credited with pioneering the use of real locations and special effects in musical numbers, and the use of dance to express character. An umbrella and a lamppost never looked so good. Ladies, here’s your Matinee Man: Gene Kelly.
"If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando," Kelly once said.
Kelly had a fever of 103 degrees while filming the famous rain scene in Singin’ in the Rain. We’re sure getting buckets of cold water dropped on him didn’t help much, but audiences didn't notice a thing!