Lockwood and Seldon, Together Again (Photo) Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds), together again (1984). About Gene Kelly FansNews, videos, and commentary devoted to the dancer, choreographer, director extraordinaire. Find more about me on: Len Vine I understand Gene was very hard on Debbie during the making of Singing In The Rain, but did they eventually became good friends or was this just a photo op ? Stephen Heise Gene worked Debbie to death in the movie and she credits him with making her into the star that she is today for 52 years, but they were never good friends. There is much controversy about how she got the part. Gene says he picked her and She and others say Louis B Mayer picked her. She couldn’t dance and had to be taught.