Director, Charles Walters, was born on Nov 17, 1911 in Brooklyn, New York City. Walters died at the age of 70 on Aug 13, 1982 in Malibu, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
Charles Walters directed some beguiling and successful musical films. Many of his comedies and musicals have great charm and all are brilliantly photographed in color, while smoothly and imaginatively choreographed, occasionally even tugging at the heartstrings. His films include Good News, Easter Parade, Lili, Dangerous When Wet, The Tender Trap, High Society, ask Any Girl and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Like Stanley Donen and later Bob Fosse, Walters was a dancer who turned to choreography and directed stage musicals. He joined MGM in 1942, and created dance routines for Du Barry Was a Lady, Girl Crazy, Meet Me in St Louis (the 'Cake Walk' sequence), Ziegfeld Follies, The Harvey Girls and Summer Holiday.
As a director, Walters worked with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Vera-Ellen, Esther Williams and other members of MGM's musical stock company, but found a special rapport with Leslie Caron in Lili (a charming story of a waif who joins a traveling carnival and becomes involved with a magician and a puppeteer) and The Glass Slipper (a beautifully decorated version of Cinderella). His film, Dangerous When Wet, includes a delightful animated sequence in which Esther Williams swims with Tom and Jerry, while High Society and The Unsinkable Molly Brown are vigorous films, carried by tuneful scores and personable central performances. He also directed Cary Grant's fitting screen farewell in Walk Don't Run.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Directors).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Walters was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1953||Best Director||Lili (1953)||N/A||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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