I wish I was born in that era: dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, going to work at the studio dressed in beautiful pants, head scarves, and sunglasses.— Catherine Zeta-Jones
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I watched Gene Kelly for his smile, for his energy. Vittorio Gassman for his movement. Clark Gable for his mustache. And I watched Lassie who was happy as a dog.
Gene Kelly was a great dancer and I was lucky to be in 'Singin' in the Rain.
' He was my teacher when I was 17 years old, when he was 37 years old. He taught me everything.
I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton.
When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.
I was like Gene Kelly, it was called singing in the rain.
No seriously, I wasn't really born with a singing voice, but my friends Joe and John taught me how to sing.
Fred Astaire told me things I will never forget.
Gene Kelly also said he liked my dancing. It was a fantastic experience because I felt I had been inducted into an informal fraternity of dancers, and I felt so honored because these were the people I most admired in the world.
Dancing is still the hardest profession.
Gene Kelly said dancing is a man's game Women have to do the same thing in heels, and have to sing and smile at the same time. Professional athletes don't even have to do that - and they get to wear sneakers.
'Singin' in the Rain' was the one for me.
Yeah. I mean, Gene Kelly could just sway and never fall. He'd just sway and sway as he danced.
He [Gene Kelly] once told me dancing was a man's game, as much of a sport as baseball itself. And he made us believe that. He changed our minds and suddenly, all of America wanted to dance just like Gene Kelly.
I tap danced for ten years before I began to understand people don't make musicals anymore. All I wanted to do was be at MGM working for Arthur Freed or Gene Kelly or Vincent Minelli. Historical and geographical constraints made this impossible. Slowly but surely the pen became mightier than the double pick-up time step with shuffle.
I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, being charmed from either side. It was pure Hollywood magic.
Being a shy, little, skinny Asian kid growing up in the Silicon Valley with low self-esteem, [dancers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson] made me believe in something bigger.
I didn't smoke. I didn't smoke then, and I don't smoke now. We worked every day - that keeps you in pretty good shape. We could go for a long time in one take. You had to be in good shape with Gene Kelly.
I wanted to be Gene Kelly. Well really, I just wanted to dance with Cyd Charisse.
Even Gene Kelly: I always preferred him to Fred Astaire, just because he was more athletic, like skateboarding. His leaps were big. There was something really great about his moves.
For me, I was watching Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Orson Welles, Victor Fleming movies, and I said, "I want to tell stories like that. I want to move people like that. But I'm good at magic, so what am I going to do?" So I started using magic for the right reasons - to get the girl.
I always found that kind of hard, and even though Gene Kelly was also a taskmaster, Bobby [Fosse] was tougher.
I don't think anything I could ever do could make Gene Kelly look better than he was.
Of course the Disney movies, you know all the soundtracks, and anything Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were doing - Singing in the Rain was one of my favorite musicals I used to watch a lot because my mom came from a theatre background.
I'm really influenced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
It was mostly an aura about him (Gene Kelly).
For me he was Hollywood. The way I'd imagined it as a child.
As a dancer, obviously, we are all inspired by Michael Jackson, and I always looked up to Gene Kelly. He was a bigger version of Fred Astaire, and he was amazing as well.
I think there's no question that Michael Jackson was the foremost entertainer of his generation; perhaps of all time, arguably, taking the skills of a Sammy Davis, Jr., bringing together the street dance of African American urban culture, joining them to the politics of dance, of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on that sphere alone.
I've always had an innate ability to dance, but I'm not as spiffy as those cinema legends like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.