“Gene Kelly: The Legacy” was an evening with Patricia Ward Kelly. She met Gene in December 1985 in Washington, D.C. while she was writing a television special about the Smithsonian. He was the narrator and host. Interestingly enough, she was over forty years younger than he was and didn’t have a clue who he was. They bonded over their mutual love of poetry and language. Gene invited Patricia out to California to write his memoir. While she was there, they fell in love and got married. They were together until his death in 1996.
Before the show began, Patricia greeted patrons in the crowd. It was a very kind gesture and started the night off on the right foot (no pun intended). The program consisted of clips of Gene in various movies throughout his career and Patricia giving us a personal account of his life and what made him the legend that he is. The night was absolutely fantastic, especially sitting outside under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre. Gene Kelly was a diverse dancer and the clips that were chosen did a wonderful job highlighting that.
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