George Sidney

George Sidney

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1916-10-04
Deathday: 2002-05-05 (85 years old)
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George Sidney (October 4, 1916 – May 5, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning, American film director and producer who worked primarily at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His work includes cult classics Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964). With an extensive background in acting, stage direction, film editing, and music, Sidney created many of post-war Hollywood’s big budget musicals, such as Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Show Boat (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953); Jupiter's Darling (1955), and Pal Joey (1957). He was also a president of the Screen Directors Guild for 16 years.A founding partner of Hanna-Barbera animation studio, Sidney introduced the integration of animation into live action, which is immortalized in the dance scene between actor Gene Kelly and Jerry the Mouse in Anchors Aweigh (1945). An avid art collector, gardener, musician, painter, and photographer, George Sidney was known for his impeccable sense of style and generosity. His clothing, original scripts, notes, and personal papers are housed in a namesake collection at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Personal Life

In his personal life, Sidney was married in 1942 to drama coach, Lillian "Burnsie" Burns Salzer (1903–1998). He was fifteen years her junior. In the late 1970s, he married his second wife, Jane Adler Robinson (d. 1991), who was the widow of actor Edward G. Robinson (1893–1973). In 1991, Sidney married his third wife, actress, model and journalist Corinne Kegley Entratter, also known as Corinne Cole, who was the widow of showman and Las Vegas entrepreneur Jack Entratter. Sidney was a prolific photographer. He collected art and was apparently an avid gardener. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2002. finally to until his death from complications of lymphoma in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 85.

Early Life

George Sidney was born into show business. His father, Louis “L.K.” Sidney, was the CEO with Loew’s Incorporated theatre chain. An only child, George tagged along with his father to work at Radio City Music Hall, where he learned the art of choreography, set design, and stage direction. His mother, Hazael Mooney, was a famous Vaudeville star and half of the aquacade team, The Mooney Sisters. Sidney attended Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. George Sidney absorbed the world of New York City theatre and art. At five years old, George Sidney became the most famous child actor in the world when he played the lead role in The Littlest Cowboy, a 1921 film with western super star, Tom Mix. After a reputed tryst with a showgirl from The Rockettes , George was sent to Los Angeles at age 15 to learn the movie business from his “uncle,” studio head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Louis B. Mayer. George Sidney began as a dog walker and errand boy in the early 1930s.

Filmography

All 55

Movies 52

Director 48

TV shows 3

Producer 3

Self 2

Self (archive footage)
Filmmakers in Action (2006)

Filmmakers in Action (2006)

Movie
Self
Rita (2003)

Rita (2003)

Movie
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

TV show
Director
Half a Sixpence (1967)

Half a Sixpence (1967)

Movie
Director
The Swinger (1966)

The Swinger (1966)

Movie
Director / Producer
Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Movie
Director
A Ticklish Affair (1963)

A Ticklish Affair (1963)

Movie
Director
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Movie
Director
Pepe (1960)

Pepe (1960)

Movie
Director
Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Movie
The Donna Reed Show (1958)

The Donna Reed Show (1958)

TV show
6
Director
Pal Joey (1957)

Pal Joey (1957)

Movie
Director
Jeanne Eagels (1957)

Jeanne Eagels (1957)

Movie
Director
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Movie
Director
Jupiter's Darling (1955)

Jupiter's Darling (1955)

Movie
Director
Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Movie
Director
Young Bess (1953)

Young Bess (1953)

Movie
Producer
The Oscars (1953)

The Oscars (1953)

TV show
Director
Scaramouche (1952)

Scaramouche (1952)

Movie
Director
Show Boat (1951)

Show Boat (1951)

Movie
Director
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Movie
5.5
Director
Key to the City (1950)

Key to the City (1950)

Movie
Director
The Red Danube (1949)

The Red Danube (1949)

Movie
Director
The Three Musketeers (1948)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

Movie
Director
Cass Timberlane (1947)

Cass Timberlane (1947)

Movie
Director
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Movie
Director
Holiday in Mexico (1946)

Holiday in Mexico (1946)

Movie
Director
The Harvey Girls (1946)

The Harvey Girls (1946)

Movie
Director
Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Movie
Director
Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Movie
Director
Bathing Beauty (1944)

Bathing Beauty (1944)

Movie
Director
Pilot #5 (1943)

Pilot #5 (1943)

Movie
Director
Thousands Cheer (1943)

Thousands Cheer (1943)

Movie
Director
Pacific Rendezvous (1942)

Pacific Rendezvous (1942)

Movie
Director
Flicker Memories (1941)

Flicker Memories (1941)

Movie
Director
Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

Movie
Director
Third Dimensional Murder (1941)

Third Dimensional Murder (1941)

Movie
Director
Free and Easy (1941)

Free and Easy (1941)

Movie
Director
Quicker'n a Wink (1940)

Quicker'n a Wink (1940)

Movie
6
Director
'What's Your 'I.Q.'?': Number Two (1940)

'What's Your 'I.Q.'?': Number Two (1940)

Movie
Director
Dog Daze (1939)

Dog Daze (1939)

Movie
Director
Hollywood Hobbies (1939)

Hollywood Hobbies (1939)

Movie
Director
Cousin Wilbur (1939)

Cousin Wilbur (1939)

Movie
Director
Clown Princes (1939)

Clown Princes (1939)

Movie
Director
Duel Personalities (1939)

Duel Personalities (1939)

Movie
Director
Tiny Troubles (1939)

Tiny Troubles (1939)

Movie
Director
Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) (1939)

Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) (1939)

Movie
Director
Alfalfa's Aunt (1939)

Alfalfa's Aunt (1939)

Movie
Director
Practical Jokers (1938)

Practical Jokers (1938)

Movie
Director
Football Romeo (1938)

Football Romeo (1938)

Movie
Director
Men in Fright (1938)

Men in Fright (1938)

Movie
Director
Party Fever (1938)

Party Fever (1938)

Movie
Director
Billy Rose's Casa Mañana Revue (1938)

Billy Rose's Casa Mañana Revue (1938)

Movie
Director
Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)

Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)

Movie
Producer
Every Sunday (1936)

Every Sunday (1936)

Movie

Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1916-10-04

Deathday
2002-05-05 (85 years old)

Place of birth
Long Island, United States of America

Relationships
Lari Laine (1991-01-01 - 2002-01-01)

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cedric Gibbons
George Sidney
Cedric Gibbons worked together with George Sidney in:
15 Movies
Edwin B. Willis
George Sidney
Edwin B. Willis worked together with George Sidney in:
12 Movies
Billie Thomas
George Sidney
Billie Thomas worked together with George Sidney in:
10 Movies
Eugene 'Porky' Lee
George Sidney
Eugene 'Porky' Lee worked together with George Sidney in:
10 Movies
Carl Switzer
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Carl Switzer worked together with George Sidney in:
10 Movies
George McFarland
George Sidney
George McFarland worked together with George Sidney in:
9 Movies
Darla Hood
George Sidney
Darla Hood worked together with George Sidney in:
9 Movies
Charles Rosher
George Sidney
Charles Rosher worked together with George Sidney in:
8 Movies
Robert A. McGowan
George Sidney
Robert A. McGowan worked together with George Sidney in:
8 Movies
Hal Law
George Sidney
Hal Law worked together with George Sidney in:
8 Movies
Jack Chertok
George Sidney
Jack Chertok worked together with George Sidney in:
8 Movies
Irene
George Sidney
Irene worked together with George Sidney in:
7 Movies
Douglas Shearer
George Sidney
Douglas Shearer worked together with George Sidney in:
7 Movies
Judy Garland
George Sidney
Judy Garland worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
1 TV shows
Jack Dawn
George Sidney
Jack Dawn worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Gary Jasgur
George Sidney
Gary Jasgur worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Leonard 'Percy' Landy
George Sidney
Leonard 'Percy' Landy worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Dorothy Kingsley
George Sidney
Dorothy Kingsley worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Sydney Guilaroff
George Sidney
Sydney Guilaroff worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Tommy Bond
George Sidney
Tommy Bond worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Arthur Freed
George Sidney
Arthur Freed worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
1 TV shows
Kathryn Grayson
George Sidney
Kathryn Grayson worked together with George Sidney in:
6 Movies
Gene Kelly
George Sidney
Gene Kelly worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
1 TV shows
Janet Leigh
George Sidney
Janet Leigh worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
1 TV shows
Ben Lane
George Sidney
Ben Lane worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
Walter Plunkett
George Sidney
Walter Plunkett worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
Harry Stradling Sr.
George Sidney
Harry Stradling Sr. worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
Joe Pasternak
George Sidney
Joe Pasternak worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Viola Lawrence
George Sidney
Viola Lawrence worked together with George Sidney in:
5 Movies
Kim Novak
George Sidney
Kim Novak worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Esther Williams
George Sidney
Esther Williams worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Howard Keel
George Sidney
Howard Keel worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Cyd Charisse
George Sidney
Cyd Charisse worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Frank Sinatra
George Sidney
Frank Sinatra worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Angela Lansbury
George Sidney
Angela Lansbury worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Jackson Rose
George Sidney
Jackson Rose worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Warren Newcombe
George Sidney
Warren Newcombe worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
David Snell
George Sidney
David Snell worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Jean Louis
George Sidney
Jean Louis worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
William Kiernan
George Sidney
William Kiernan worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
George J. Folsey
George Sidney
George J. Folsey worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Helen Rose
George Sidney
Helen Rose worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Philip Anderson
George Sidney
Philip Anderson worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Sidney Kibrick
George Sidney
Sidney Kibrick worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Philip W. Anderson
George Sidney
Philip W. Anderson worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Ralph E. Winters
George Sidney
Ralph E. Winters worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
André Previn
George Sidney
André Previn worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Sonya Levien
George Sidney
Sonya Levien worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
William Tuttle
George Sidney
William Tuttle worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Pete Smith
George Sidney
Pete Smith worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Hermes Pan
George Sidney
Hermes Pan worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Virginia O'Brien
George Sidney
Virginia O'Brien worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Ray Teal
George Sidney
Ray Teal worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Lena Horne
George Sidney
Lena Horne worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
June Allyson
George Sidney
June Allyson worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Robert Coote
George Sidney
Robert Coote worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Ann-Margret
George Sidney
Ann-Margret worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Red Skelton
George Sidney
Red Skelton worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Bess Flowers
George Sidney
Bess Flowers worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Keenan Wynn
George Sidney
Keenan Wynn worked together with George Sidney in:
4 Movies
Richard Duce
George Sidney
Richard Duce worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Hans Peters
George Sidney
Hans Peters worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Ted Haworth
George Sidney
Ted Haworth worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Robert H. Planck
George Sidney
Robert H. Planck worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Urie McCleary
George Sidney
Urie McCleary worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
George Duning
George Sidney
George Duning worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Paul Vogel
George Sidney
Paul Vogel worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Joseph F. Biroc
George Sidney
Joseph F. Biroc worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Saul Chaplin
George Sidney
Saul Chaplin worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Eve Whitney
George Sidney
Eve Whitney worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Louis Lewyn
George Sidney
Louis Lewyn worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
James E. Newcom
George Sidney
James E. Newcom worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
George Stoll
George Sidney
George Stoll worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Buddy Adler
George Sidney
Buddy Adler worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Jack Cummings
George Sidney
Jack Cummings worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
José Iturbi
George Sidney
José Iturbi worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Shirley Jones
George Sidney
Shirley Jones worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Norman Leavitt
George Sidney
Norman Leavitt worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Barbara Nichols
George Sidney
Barbara Nichols worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Tyrone Power
George Sidney
Tyrone Power worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
'Snub' Pollard
George Sidney
'Snub' Pollard worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
William Phillips
George Sidney
William Phillips worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Robert Emmett O'Connor
George Sidney
Robert Emmett O'Connor worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Rita Hayworth
George Sidney
Rita Hayworth worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
William Demarest
George Sidney
William Demarest worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Gower Champion
George Sidney
Gower Champion worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Lana Turner
George Sidney
Lana Turner worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Xavier Cugat
George Sidney
Xavier Cugat worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Van Johnson
George Sidney
Van Johnson worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Frank Wilcox
George Sidney
Frank Wilcox worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Frank Morgan
George Sidney
Frank Morgan worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Milton Frome
George Sidney
Milton Frome worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Clark Gable
George Sidney
Clark Gable worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Lewis Stone
George Sidney
Lewis Stone worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Peter Lawford
George Sidney
Peter Lawford worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
Van Heflin
George Sidney
Van Heflin worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Dean Martin
George Sidney
Dean Martin worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Anthony Franciosa
George Sidney
Anthony Franciosa worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Tony Curtis
George Sidney
Tony Curtis worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Mickey Rooney
George Sidney
Mickey Rooney worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Donna Reed
George Sidney
Donna Reed worked together with George Sidney in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
James Whitmore
George Sidney
James Whitmore worked together with George Sidney in:
3 Movies
George Sidney
George Sidney
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