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Gene Kelly: For Me and My Gal

Gene Kelly will forever have the greatest influence within the world of dance.

Gene Kelly.... "For me and My Gal"

Gene Kelly.... "For me and My Gal"

The Legend and the Women he Danced With

One of the most celebrated leading men in Hollywood was the legendary Gene Kelly. His dynamic flair on screen brought women to the edge of their seats, daydreaming that they were the ones dancing in his arms, the dance of love.

Kelly danced the “daydreamers” dance with some of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. From Lucille Ball to Vera Ellen, every woman was different and had their own unique style with Kelly. But no matter which beautiful starlet graced his arms, you knew that the dance was going to be astounding.

Who was your favorite leading actress with Kelly? What was your favorite Gene Kelly movie.
Enjoy each scene and let’s see who knocks it out of the ball field!

Leslie Caron

The beginning dance sequence to “An American in Paris” in my opinion has got to be one of the best choreographed sequences ever done. Lyrical and Ballet definitely dominate the beginning of the dance.
The lighting sets the mood for this incredible sensuous scene between a man and a woman in love.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was every man’s dream and every man wanted to be Gene Kelly. Who would not want to dance this romantic sequence with one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood?

Vera Ellen

Vera Ellen is one of my all time favorite dancers. The chemistry between her and Kelly in “On the Town” is adorable, fun and full of life. Their dance sequence, “When You Walk Down Main Street With Me”
shows the audience a delightful duet.

Debbie Reynolds

A Young 17 year old Debbie Reynolds held her own with veteran dancers Gene Kelly and Donold O’Conner in Singing in the Rain. “You Were Meant for Me” between Reynolds and Kelly is youthfully romantic. I just love the “Hollywoodness” of it all!

Esther Williams

The Queen of the swimming pool proved one more time that she was the “Queen” in “Take me out to the Ball Game.” Ms. Williams was forever turning the heads of her co-stars as the mermaid of Hollywood. Who else could sing and swim at the same time without swallowing a ton of water?

Lucille Ball

A special tribute was done with Gene Kelly and Lucille Ball in “An American in Pasadena.” They did one movie together and reminisced on the Cole Porter song that Lucy sang with her quoting, “There was a strong movement at the studio to bring back silent movies!” “Friendship” was performed with a delight.

Olivia Newton John

“Xanadu” was not a favorite movie of mine and did not receive high ratings. Gene was amazing in his dance sequences and adorable with Olivia Newton John. Although the movie itself was not a success, what an opportunity for a young Olivia to dance with the legendary Gene Kelly! You just don’t get an offer like that every day!

Judy Garland

“For Me and My Gal” was one of my Kelly and Garland films. I have always loved the partnership of these two amazing stars. Their chemistry is superb on film and they pull you right in to whatever they are doing. You were crying, laughing or tapping your foot when you watched this duo.

Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse Erotic Dance

Cyd Charrise

If I were ever reincarnated and had the chance to come back as my favorite dancer, it would be the incomparable Cyd Charrise! The legs on this woman are a mile long and she could dance circles around anyone! The number in “Singing in the Rain” between her and Kelly is sexy, strong and Ooo La La! Just look at the way Kelly looks at her.

Mitzi Gaynor

Mitzi Gaynor is AMAZING in this dance number with Gene Kelly in “Les Girl.” She fit’s him like a glove and the chemistry between her and Kelly are perfect, a great choice for this film. One of the best dance numbers Gene has done.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood has got to be one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the earth. Any leading man would have given their right arm to be her opposite in any film. Gene Kelly was fortunate to do just that in “Marjorie Morningstar.” Their partnership was believable and made you feel as if you were a fly on the wall.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Liz Rayen

Comments: Gene Kelly, For Me and My Gal

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 11, 2020:

Gene Kelly was a wonderful dancer. Thank you for listing all his dance partners. I was not aware of some of them.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 20, 2012:

Thank you Alocsin, and you are quite welcome. Cyd Charisse is a real popular vote. She was so amazing and sexy. I am actually surprised of the younger generation who know of Gene Kelly. Of course they don't remember him, but can relate to him because so many dancers today use his technique in the studios. Thanks for sharing :)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 20, 2012:

Thanks for this great tribute to this wonderful dancer. I'm not sure any of the new generation of dancers remembers him. I'd forgotten about Xanadu, but prefer to think about him with my vote, Cyd Charisse. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 17, 2012:

Hey.. I'll take funny any day! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment tillsontitan! I'm glad you liked the article. I absolutely love Gene Kelly, and you hit it right on the nose, Gene was more physical where Fred was graceful. Both amazing men, dancers, and artists! So many people have copied, mimicked, and have tried to dance like these two men. As great as dancers that we have in our midst today, no one will ever match these two!

Have a great day!:)

Mary Craig from New York on March 17, 2012:

What a terrific tribute to Gene Kelly and his ladies! You did such a nice job with great descriptions. Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were the best dancers of their era. Gene was more physical while Fred more graceful. Trying to pick one leading lady he worked best with is like trying to pick the best apple out of a bushel! Voted up, interesting, and fun (though I had to use funny as that's all that's available). Thanks for SHARING.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 11, 2012:

Thank you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! Rita Hayworth was an amazing actress and oh so beautiful. I loved this era as well. I think I should have been growing up then. I loved the clothes, the romance, and the dance!

You and I would have been going nightclubbing for sure! :)

Tammy from North Carolina on March 11, 2012:

Beautiful hub. This is one of my favorite eras of all time when life was simpler and so classy. I am a Rita Hayworth fan. Well done! Voting up and sharing.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 10, 2012:

AE. I am honored when I received such a compliment from a wonderful writer such as yourself. It pleases me that you enjoyed this hub. My choice has always been torn between "Singing in the Rain" and "An American in Paris". So many excellent partners and dances, how does one choose?? Thanks for the Thumbs up & sharing! :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 10, 2012:

Thank you so much vocalcoach. I agree with you, in how he made each partner shine in her own way. Thanks for sharing. :)

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 10, 2012:

I love old movies and Gene Kelly is one of my favorites! I especially loved him in "Singing in the Rain" all of those ladies were wonderful leads for him. What a talented writer you are and were able to pull all of this together to make it an amazing read! I enjoyed it from start to finish. Thanks. Thumbs up and shared! :)

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 10, 2012:

I so enjoyed this walk down memory lane with my favorite movie star Gene Kelly. His dancing simply mesmerises me. He makes every dance partner look great.

What a super idea to feature his leading ladies and the videos as well. It isn't hard to vote this hub up and across!

marellen on March 10, 2012:

This was a tough one for me to choose because Gene Kelly was a favorite for sure and Oh... those lucky ladies. Debbie and Cyd numbers were awesome but I like Leslie too. Heck who could have a fav........all were good. What a fun hub to start my morning.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on March 10, 2012:

Rusticliving - WOW! What a great hub! I've had so much fun going through the various videos. Song and dance are very near to my heart and that means Gene Kelly won my heart years ago. He is such a charming and charismatic man! I had completely forgotten about Xanadu! I wonder why? lol My favs are Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse - those legs! They go on forever! Of course Mitzi Gaynor was a great fit and I can't forget Natalie Woods. Heck, I love em' all! Thanks for another fun and nostalgic hub!

voted up, across and shared

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

He definately knew how to turn on the charm! I had a hard time choosing while I was putting the list together. There at least a dozen more women who were wonderful partners as well. Good choice on Ball. Thanks K. :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 09, 2012:

Kelly was a ladies man wasn't he? I think all the ladies swooned too because he has that class and eloquence that many men lack:) lol I had a hard time choosing the best lady but since I am such a fan of Lucille Ball - she won my vote.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

Thank you so much my sweet. Ms. Brooks! I am glad you enjoyed it! :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

I do too Sunnie! I could watch them every day. Thank you so much for your visit! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :)

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on March 09, 2012:

this is the best hub. I love Gene Kelley. always have.. I love how you set this up..

I voted way up

and I am sharing


Sunnie Day on March 09, 2012:

This was such a great hub! I could not pick which one I liked best as I loved so many.:) The videos were great and brought back many memories..I love the old musicals.


Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

You said that perfectly Lord! Thank you so much for your comment!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

I feel the same way. When you watched him it was as if you were watching your best friend!

Thanks Marcy! :)

Joseph De Cross from New York on March 09, 2012:

I loved Judy Garland. Olivia was on second place, back in 1980. This tribute should be shared with our new generations. I can sing myself singing in the rain next to on those winters that I missed the bus when young, and I wanted to keep warm...with a tap dancing. The best thing besides his dancing is his spirit. That 'father knows best' smile that have been carved in our memories.


Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on March 09, 2012:

What a nice tribute to such a talented artist! Gene Kelly was one of those people who was intrinsically likable; even on the screen, he seemed like someone you'd love to know. He brought us many years of joy and entertainment. Thanks for writing this! Voted up and awesome.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

Lol Ardie, you are talking about his dancing, right? Thank you so much for reading and commenting. You're awesome!

Sondra from Neverland on March 09, 2012:

I couldnt pick just one leading lady! I love so many of them and I had to just close my eyes and click on a little bubble hahah I didnt realize Gene Kelly had such a HUGE career. I mean, I KNEW he was huge back when, I just didnt realize the extent of that hugeness. Wait - did I just say that? Great Hub girl :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 08, 2012:

Thank you Linda! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 08, 2012:

I enjoyed the stroll down memory lane. An excellent tribute to Gene and his lovely ladies. Great hub Lisa!!!

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