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Hear Gene Kelly's widow talk -- for free -- at Pitt Oct. 25

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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In other cities, you would have to pay to hear Patricia Ward Kelly present this program. In Pittsburgh, hometown of Gene Kelly, it's free but you have to register, as you can see below.

Pitt's Gene Kelly Centennial Celebration
To Be Hosted by Film Historian Patricia Ward Kelly Oct. 25

Free event marks Pitt's 225th anniversary and 100th anniversary of birth of Pitt alum and legendary dancer, director, choreographer, actor, and singer Gene Kelly

PITTSBURGH — One of the University of Pittsburgh's most renowned alumni — the special Academy Award-honored dancer, director, choreographer, actor, and singer Gene Kelly — will be the focus of Pitt's Gene Kelly Centennial Celebration at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the seventh-floor auditorium of Pitt's Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly's widow and the leading authority on the cinema and stage legend, will deliver Pittsburgh and Pitt-centered commentary on her late husband's life and career as she shares classic moments from his films and herunique insights with the audience. Mrs. Kelly recently has given sold-out presentations on Gene Kelly in Los Angeles and New York City.

The event is free to the public, but because seating is limited, reservations are required by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 412-624-4147.

Gene Kelly earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1933. While at Pitt, he became involved with the University's Cap and Gown Club and later served as its director from 1934 to 1938. He taught dance in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood and choreographed musicals at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Nixon Theater. Kelly enrolled in Pitt's School of Law but left soon after to concentrate on teaching dance.

Kelly is credited with bringing a particularly American style of dance to Hollywood musicals and for changing the look of dance on film through his revolutionary innovations with the camera, choreography, and animation. Kelly's iconic dance sequence from the classic 1952 film musical "Singin' in the Rain," in which he dances up and down a rain-drenched street twirling an umbrella and splashing in puddles, is considered by many to be the most memorable dance performance on film.

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