#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, choreographer, director. (b. 1912)

When he was 8, his mother enrolled him and his brother in dance class. "We didn't like it, were always in fights with the neighborhood boys who called us sissies. I didn't dance again until I was 15."
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, choreographer. (b. 1912)

He was forced to leave College after the 1929 crash and Depression working to help his family. He later did pursue a career as a dancer, and dropped out of school. He made his Broadway debut as a dancer in 1938.
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, choreographer. (b. 1912)

He starred in Pal Joey (1940) bringing in film offers. Film debut For Me and My Gal (1942) * DuBarry Was a Lady * Cover Girl * Christmas Holiday * Anchors Aweigh * The Pirate * Three Musketeers * Words and Music
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, choreographer. (b. 1912)

On the Town * Summer Stock * American in Paris * Singin' in Rain * Brigadoon * Invitation to Dance * Les Girls * Young Girls of Rochefort * Hello Dolly! (Director) * That's Entertainment/Dancing * Xanadu (1980)
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, choreographer. (b. 1912)

"Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place. Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face. I'll walk down the lane with a happy refrain, and singin', just singin' in the rain."

Singin' in Rain (1952)
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US actor. (b. 1912)

Drama: Cross of Lorraine (1943) * Black Hand * Its a Big Country * Devil Makes Three * Seagulls Over Sorrento * Marjorie Morningstar * Tunnel of Love (Director) * Inherit Wind * Cheyenne Social Club (Director) * Viva Knievel (1977)
#OTD 1996 – Gene Kelly, 83, US performer, director (b. 1912)

A commercial flop, one of MGM's last dance musicals. Now recognised as important in its inventiveness, created with and starring dancer, choreographer, Michael Kidd.

#GeneKelly Director (1955)
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Daughter of vaudevillians, she began on stage, age 3. As a child actress, her film debut Westward Passage (1932)

In, These Three (1936), she was OscarNom, age 14. She later starred Nancy Drew film series.
#BOTD 1923 – 1988 Bonita Granville, 65, US actress.

Westward Passage (1932) * Anne of Green Gables * These Three (OscarNom age 14) * Plough and Stars * Nancy Drew, Detective (1938-39) * Mortal Storm * Escape * Wild Man of Borneo * People v Dr Kildare * HM Pulham Esq * Glass Key
#BOTD 1923 – 1988 Bonita Granville, 65, US actress.

Now, Voyager * Hitler's Children * Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble * Suspense * The Guilty * Guilty of Treason * The Lone Ranger (1956) - The Magic of Lassie (1978, producer) * The Legend of The Lone Ranger (1981 cameo, final film)
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#OTD 1995 – Donald Pleasence, 75, English-French actor (b. 1919)

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#OTD 1995 – Donald Pleasence, 75, English actor (b. 1919)

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#OTD 1995 – Donald Pleasence, 75, English actor (b. 1919)

Fantastic Voyage * Night of Generals * You Only Live Twice * Will Penny * Madwoman of Chaillot * Soldier Blue * THX 1138 * Henry VIII and Six Wives * Kidnapped * Beyond the Grave * Black Windmill * Count of Monte Cristo
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#OTD 1987 – Alistair MacLean, 64, (Stroke), Scottish author, screenwriter (b. 1922)

Served 1943 two Arctic Russian convoys and operations against Tirpitz. Convoy PQ 17, and Mediterranean as part of the invasion of southern France. After WW2 he gained an MA (Hons) English, 1950.
#OTD 1987 – Alistair MacLean, 64, Scottish author, screenwriter (b. 1922)

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#OTD 1987 – Alistair MacLean, 64, Scottish author, screenwriter (b. 1922)

Film adaptations: Guns of Navarone (1961) * Satan Bug * Ice Station Zebra * Fear Is Key * Force 10 from Navarone * Bear Island (1979) Author/Screenwriter: Where Eagles Dare (1968) Breakheart Pass (1975)
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#OTD 1969 – Boris Karloff, (b. William Pratt), 81, English actor (b. 1887)

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#OTD 1969 – Boris Karloff, 81, English actor (b. 1887)

The Raven * Son of Frankenstein * Tower of London * British Intelligence * House of Frankenstein * The Body Snatcher * Lured * Dick Tracy meets Gruesome * The Strange Door * Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV series 1954-55)
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Frankenstein 1970 (1958) * Corridors of Blood * The Raven * The Terror * Comedy of Terrors * Sorcerers * His final US film was Bogdanovich's Targets, playing an aging horror film star. His final film House of Evil (UK 1968)
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White Man (1924) * Painted Desert (1931 first credit) * Dance, Fools, Dance (1931 lead) * Night Nurse * Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) * Red Dust * No Man of Her Own (1932 only film with Carol Lombard) * Dancing Lady
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Boom Town * Comrade X * Honky Tonk * Somewhere I'll Find You (1941) He enlisted in US Army Air Corp after Carole Lombard's tragic death in 1942. Show Business at War (1942) Wings Up (Narrator) * Combat America (1945 Narrator/producer)
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#BOTD 1894 – 1973 John Ford, (b. Feeney), 79, US filmmaker.

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