GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY
An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly (Mrs. Gene Kelly)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM —AND— SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2:00PM
Belmont University’s Troutt Theater (2100 Belmont Boulevard)
A Special Live Performance Presenting an Intimate Portrait of Gene Kelly who changed the look of dance on film and became one of the world’s most beloved stars. Blending film clips and rare audio recordings, Gene’s wife and biographer, Patricia Kelly will share her personal stories with the audience.
Gene Kelly: The Legacy will reminisce memories through cherished moments captured on film and audio of this remarkable dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Probably best known today for his performances in An American in Paris (1951) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Kelly helped transform the Hollywood musical film through his daring innovations and worldwide appeal. Hosted by Belmont University of Theatre and Dance, favorite film clips and rare audiorecordings will be paired with personal memorabilia and intimate stories about Gene's life and career through the perspective of his widow, Patricia Ward Kelly. Recording his words and memories for nearly every day for over 10 years, Mrs. Kelly reveals sides of the beloved star not known by the public and essentially presents Gene Kelly "unplugged."
Having experienced sold-out nights at the Academy of Motion Pictures in Beverly Hills and at Lincoln Center in NYC, Gene Kelly: The Legacy is now being presented at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater (2100 Belmont Boulevard) for two performances, Friday, October 24 at 7:30PM, and Saturday, October 25, at 2:00PM. Tickets: General Admission $30, Faculty, Staff, Alumni $15, Students $10 (Belmont students get in free on Oct. 25 only) are available online or by calling the Belmont Box Office at (615) 460-8501. Click here to reserve tickets online.
About Patricia Ward Kelly
Biographer and film historian PATRICIA WARD KELLY is the widow of Gene Kelly. She has worked as a writer at a film production company, as a contributing scholar for the authoritative Northwestern/Newberry Writings of Herman Melville, and as a freelance journalist. She and Kelly met at the Smithsonian in 1985, when he was the host/narrator for a television special for which she was a writer. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoirs, and they were together until his death in 1996. Currently, she serves as Trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and Creative Director of Gene Kelly: The Legacy, a corporation established to commemorate Kelly’s centenary worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles and is completing the book about her late husband.