November 29, 1895 ~ March 14, 1976 Busby Berkeley Footlight Parade
King of the musical dance number, Busby Berkeley enjoyed both Broadway and Hollywood. A mentor to Gene Kelly, who later choreographed all his own dances, Berkeley often hid the fact that he never had a dance lesson in his life. Having the eye and know how to put together a number, he often pulled his choreography from what the stage looked like. Known for his elaborate numbers, and inventive way of filming the shots however he could get them, Berkeley made the 30’s what they were in Hollywood history. Most notably he choreographed 42nd Street, and Footlight Parade.
Happy Birthday Busby.