In 1999, the American Film Institute named Kelly among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. Kelly was especially influential in encouraging men to dance, since his style was perceived as masculine and manly which attracted men to what has often been regarded as an effeminate art.
Gene was the third son of James Kelly, a phonograph salesman, and Harriet Curran, who were both children of Irish Roman Catholic immigrants.
In 1930, his family started a dance studio on Munhall Road in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
It started in 1957 at Chicago’s most famous nightclub, Chez Paree.Kelly became known for his eclectic dancing style that was more dependent upon emotions and "feeling" the rhythm, rather than sticking to traditional dance steps.Kelly became known for his outstanding work ethic and even more exuberant creativity, which caused Hollywood to take notice.In spite of this Travers was unhappy with the exclusion of some characters, the animated sequences and the fact that the title character was made much nicer.Travers’ reportedly wept through the premiere of the movie.