Is it any surprise that the late great Gene Kelly is my favorite vintage matinee idol? Legendary talent, amazing dancing, ground-breaking choreography, Jean Dujardin grin (kidding! I totally get that Gene was first! hold your calls and letters), athletic body … DAT ASS. Sorry, I was trying to be classy, since it’s the man’s 100 birthday today and it’s a grand occasion, but have you seen it?!?
For the dancer-choreographer-director’s big day, we interrupt our regular programming — seriously, I’ve been watching the Gene Kelly marathon on TCM all day, after a magical evening crying with joy at seeing the stellar “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen — to bring you 100 Gorgeous Gene Kelly Pictures.
But first, because he really needs to be appreciated in motion, a couple of bonus videos: My personal favorite Gene scene of all time, “Tra La La” from “American in Paris” (embedded below) and the equally hilarious and hot fan-made “Gene Kelly Takes You to the Candyshop“!
On to the Gene Kelly picspam …