The late, legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the movies. His engaging onscreen personality is so accessible we feel like we know him. In fact, we know very little about the man who created some of the most iconic moments in film history. On Saturday, January 28, 7 p.m. at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts, Patricia Ward Kelly, his wife and biographer, takes us behind the scenes and shares a deeply moving and intimate portrait of this innovative artist, who gave us such iconic works as “An American in Paris” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Her presentation, “Gene Kelly: The Legacy,” will include rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from her hours of interviews and conversations with her husband. This special live program makes for a remarkable experience praised as “a real treat” by Variety and hailed as “endearingly entertaining” by The Hollywood Reporter.
Tickets are still available for this once-only presentation, on sale at muscocenter.org or by calling 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). This event is co-presented by Musco Center and The Women of Chapman support group, and is part of Musco Center’s Arts & Lecture Series.
Patricia Ward met Gene Kelly in 1985 in Washington, D.C., where she was the writer for a television special for which he was host and narrator. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoir. They fell in love, married and were together until his death in 1996.
“Gene Kelly: The Legacy” is her tribute to this mercurial, immortal talent, a journey through the memorable life of the man who changed the look and face of dance on film forever, becoming one of Hollywood’s best-known and most beloved stars. With Gene Kelly cited as one of the inspirations for the current musical “La La Land” – a surefire Oscar contender that’s packing audiences into movie theaters worldwide — Kelly is as vital and influential as he has ever been.
Currently, Patricia Ward Kelly serves as sole trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and as creative director of Gene Kelly: The Legacy, a corporation established to celebrate Kelly’s artistry worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is completing the definitive book about her late husband.