Actor Gene Kelly was born on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Kelly was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid 1940s until the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences.
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On August 23, 1963, actress Mary Gordon died. She was born on May 16, 1882 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was a character actress who specialized in housekeepers and mothers, most notably the landlady Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies of the Thirties and Forties. She would appear in nearly 300 films between 1925 and 1950. She became good friends with director John Ford while making Hangman’s House (1928) and went on to appear in seven of his films. In 1939, she took on her best remembered role as Sherlock Holmes's landlady and played the role in ten films and numerous radio plays. Film credits include Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Pot O’ Gold (1941) and Fort Apache (1948). She lived out her final years in Pasadena, California with her daughter and grandson and died on August 23, 1963 from a long undisclosed illness. She is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.
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