Minnelli, Vincente

Minnelli, Vincente

(1910–86) film director; born in Chicago (husband of Judy Garland, father of Liza Minnelli). He left school at age 16 and by 1933 was art director of Radio City Music Hall. He became a Broadway director in 1935, and went to Hollywood in 1940, becoming an outstanding director of film musicals of sweeping scope and lavish visual style. He also did comedy and drama. Among his films were The Clock (1945), Kismet (1955), and his Oscar winner Gigi (1958).
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