Hi, Dear Cyd (Charisse), This Is Gene

The following was recorded in Gene Kelly’s Beverly Hills home by Scott Douglas MacLachlan (1984). All text that follows is from MacLachlan as seen on his YouTube profile.

A friend at Fox paid me to go to Gene Kelly’s home in Beverly Hills to record a message from Gene to Cyd Charisse for a TV special honoring her in France. Gene was on my butt from the start, as I was 5 minutes late (“You’re late, young man!”), but mellowed as I set-up the recorder, and explained I’d been looking on the wrong side of Sunset, left out of the directions.

More intimidating than Gene Kelly, was his 50′ X 100′ 3 story (vaulted ceiling) living room. Set-up on his intimidating bridge table, my intimidated voice is heard just after my getting a level of Gene’s not-so-intimidating voice.



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