In memory of
Stanley Donen, the director and choreographer whose notable films include "Singin' in the Rain" and "Charade," died February 21 of heart failure. He was 94.
Born April 13, 1924, Donen was the last of the great directors of Hollywood's golden age to die, bringing an end to an era. Known best for his musicals, he was the driver of a new style of movie musical, one that made singing and dancing an organic part of an evolving story rather than highly staged and stylized in a "backstage musical" format. But he wasn't a niche director, either. In addition to his musicals, he was also known for smart comedies.
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