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Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Gigi (1958), The Band Wagon (1953), and An American in Paris (1951). An American in Paris and Gigi both won the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Minnelli winning Best Director for Gigi. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli.

With his background in theatre, Minnelli was known as an auteur who always brought his stage experience to his films. The first film that he directed, Cabin in the Sky (1943), was visibly influenced by the theater. Shortly after that, he directed I Dood It with Red Skelton and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), during which he fell in love with the film's star, Judy Garland. They had first met on the set of Strike Up the Band (1940), a Busby Berkeley film for which Minnelli was asked to design a musical sequence performed by Garland and Mickey Rooney. They began a courtship that eventually led to their marriage in June 1945. Their one child together, Liza Minnelli, grew up to become an Academy Award-winning singer and actress. The Minnelli family is thus unique in that father, mother and child all won Oscars.

Widely known for directing musicals, including An American in Paris (1951), Brigadoon (1954), Kismet (1955), and Gigi (1958), he also directed comedies and melodramas, including Madame Bovary (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Designing Woman (1957), and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). His last film was A Matter of Time (1976).

During the course of his career he directed seven different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Spencer Tracy, Gloria Grahame, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley MacLaine and Martha Hyer. Grahame and Quinn won. Minnelli received an Oscar nomination as Best Director for An American in Paris (1951) and later won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi (1958). According to Peter Bart in his book The Gross, Minnelli's films having 11 first-place finishes on Variety's opening release box office rankings.

On February 8, 1960, Minnelli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Vincente Minnelli, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Gigi (1958), The Band Wagon (1953), and An American in Paris (1951). An American in Paris and Gigi both won the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Minnelli winning Best Director for Gigi. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli.

With his background in theatre, Minnelli was known as an auteur who always brought his stage experience to his films. The first film that he directed, Cabin in the Sky (1943), was visibly influenced by the theater. Shortly after that, he directed I Dood It with Red Skelton and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), during which he fell in love with the film's star, Judy Garland. They had first met on the set of Strike Up the Band (1940), a Busby Berkeley film for which Minnelli was asked to design a musical sequence performed by Garland and Mickey Rooney. They began a courtship that eventually led to their marriage in June 1945. Their one child together, Liza Minnelli, grew up to become an Academy Award-winning singer and actress. The Minnelli family is thus unique in that father, mother and child all won Oscars.

Widely known for directing musicals, including An American in Paris (1951), Brigadoon (1954), Kismet (1955), and Gigi (1958), he also directed comedies and melodramas, including Madame Bovary (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Designing Woman (1957), and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). His last film was A Matter of Time (1976).

During the course of his career he directed seven different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Spencer Tracy, Gloria Grahame, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley MacLaine and Martha Hyer. Grahame and Quinn won. Minnelli received an Oscar nomination as Best Director for An American in Paris (1951) and later won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi (1958). According to Peter Bart in his book The Gross, Minnelli's films having 11 first-place finishes on Variety's opening release box office rankings.

On February 8, 1960, Minnelli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Vincente Minnelli, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 43

Birthday 1903-02-28

Day of Death 1986-07-25

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1976 A Matter of Time Director
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Director
1965 The Sandpiper Director
1964 Goodbye Charlie Director
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Director
1962 Two Weeks in Another Town Director
1962 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Director
1960 Bells Are Ringing Director
1960 Home from the Hill Director
1958 Some Came Running Director
1958 Gigi Director
1958 The Reluctant Debutante Director
1957 Designing Woman Director
1956 Lust for Life Director
1956 Tea and Sympathy Director
1955 Kismet Director
1955 The Cobweb Director
1954 Brigadoon Director
1954 The Long, Long Trailer Director
1953 The Band Wagon Director
1953 The Story of Three Loves Director
1952 The Bad and the Beautiful Director
1951 An American in Paris Director
1951 Father's Little Dividend Director
1950 Father of the Bride Director
1949 Madame Bovary Director
1948 The Pirate Director
1946 Undercurrent Director
1945 Yolanda and the Thief Director
1945 Ziegfeld Follies Director
1945 The Clock Director
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis Director
1943 I Dood It Director
1943 Cabin in the Sky Director

Acting

The Men Who Made the Movies (1 episode)
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Himself
1994 Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic as Himself (archive footage)
1992 Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall as Himself (Archival)
1987 Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente as Himself (archive footage)
1975 Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait as Himself
1973 The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli
1965 The Big Sur as Himself

Writing

1942 Panama Hattie Story

Crew

1942 Panama Hattie Choreographer

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