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Gene Kelly: The Legacy-An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly

Paramount Hudson Valley
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Legendary actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the big screen--yet we know little about him. Gene Kelly directed the film Hello, Dolly!, and did so in a masterful way. Patricia Ward Kelly--his wife and biographer--comes to the Paramount Peekskill to present an intimate portrait of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. This unique one-woman performance, which enjoys sold-out performances across the country, combines rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from Ms. Kelly's many hours of interviews and conversations with her husband. What a great opportunity to hear first person about a Hollywood Legend!

Patricia Ward Kelly is the wife and biographer of legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly. She and her husband met at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 1985, when he was the host/narrator for a television special and she was a writer. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoir, a job which she recorded his words nearly every day for over ten years. They married in 1990 and were together until his death in 1996. Currently, Mrs. Kelly serves as Trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and Creative Director of The Gene Kelly Legacy, Inc., a corporation established to celebrate Gene Kelly's artistry worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles where she curates the Gene Kelly Archives and is completing the book about her late husband.