Gene  Kelly

Gene Kelly

Male 1912 - 1996  (83 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 3 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Gene Kelly 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 23 Aug 1912  Pittsburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Feb 1996 
    Person ID I372529  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2002 

    Father James Kelly,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Harriet Curran,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F147577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Betsy Blair 
    Married Sep 1941  Philadelphia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1957 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2002 
    Family ID F147578  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jeannie Coyne,   d. 1973 
    Married 1960 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2002 
    Family ID F147574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Patricia Ward 
    Married 1990 
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2002 
    Family ID F147579  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • When Gene was younger he hated taking lessons, but that changed in highschool when he discovered that it made him popular with the girls. Gene was involved in many sports. Gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, football, and baseball. He wanted to be a professional baseball player and play for the Pittsburgh Pirates when he grew up.
      In 1929 he enrolled in Penn State to major in journalism. After the crash he and his brother Fred performed in ametuer shows to help his parents financially. He later transferred to the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1933 with an economics major. In 1932, the Gene Kelly Studio of Dance was founded and had buildings in both Pittsburgh and Johnstown. Gene, Louise, and Fred were teachers, while his parents helped out with bookeeping, etc. Gene's first big break came in 1938 when he landed a role in Cole Porter's Leave it to me. He was wrapped up in an eskimo suit and was one of the many suitors turned down by the star of the play. He later starred in William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life in 1939. He then starred in Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey where he was an immense hit. It was then that he was noticed by Hollywood. He joined Hollywood in 1942, but for six months was not cast in a single movie. After six months he was cast along with Judy Garland in For Me and my Gal. This was Judy Garland's first adult role. MGM than bought out his contract and starred him in a couple of movies that didn't really accent his talents. He was then lent to a floundering studio for one movie.
      This movie was Cover Girl, co-starring Rita Hayworth and it was a smash. It was than that MGM realized his talents and cast him in appropriate roles. Gene married Betsy Blair in Philadelphia in September of 1941. Their daughter, Kerry, was born in 1942. They divorced in 1957 after 15 years of marriage. Later he married Jeannie Coyne in 1960. They had a son, Timothy, born in 1962, and daughter, Bridget, born in 1965. Jeannie died of cancer in 1973. Gene then stayed close to home to be with his two young children. He married again in 1990 to Patricia Ward Gene Kelly died on February 2, 1996 at age 83.


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