100 Reasons to Celebrate Gene Kelly #9: He’s Irreplaceable

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Reasons to Celebrate Gene Kelly.

“I first saw Gene Kelly in my eighth-grade music class when we were watching Singin’ In The Rain (1952). I couldn’t help but be captivated by his dancing techniques, singing, and (of course) his charming good looks. Afterward, I decided to look him up on YouTube and Google and what not, and I learned about the other films and plays he was in; so I watched those in complete amazement.

Now a junior in high school, I think to myself, “Why can’t films be like that anymore?” My answer: “Because a certain Gene Kelly isn’t in them or directing them.”

I was crushed when I found out Gene died one year after I was born. I would have loved to have met him and have seen other things he could have accomplished. It’s a shame that he isn’t here anymore. He is my inspiration; I’m trying to be a successful thespian myself. Still, no one can beat the awesomeness of Gene Kelly, and no one can be compared to him.” — Macie

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