Eugene Curran Kelly

Gene Kelly was born in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third of five children.

His father was a salesman and his mother introduced her children to the arts. They all took dance lessons and for a while the family ran a dance studio. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in economics. He worked as an actor, a choreographer, and a dancer, as well as a ditch digger and soda jerk.

After success on Broadway he went to Hollywood in 1941. He made his debut in films, then served in the navy during the war. He starred in and choreographed many musicals, toured as a goodwill ambassador for the State Department, won an Oscar, Kennedy Center Honors, and an American Film Institute lifetime achievement award.

He was working on an autobiography when he died in 1996.