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Michael Kidd at Hollywood Forever

Friday, August 28th, 2009


Michael Kidd




By Allan R. Ellenberger


How many are aware that famed dancer and choreographer, Michael Kidd is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery? I didn’t know until a few months after his death in 2007 and I just recently found his unmarked grave.


He was born Milton Greenwald on August 12, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York. He made his stage debut in The Eternal Road (1937), and in 1942 joined the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Over the years he danced for Mikhail Fokine, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins and David Lichine.


Michael Kidd won five Tony Awards for his Broadway choreography: Finian’s Rainbow (1947), Guys and Dolls (1951), Can-Can (1953), Li’l Abner (1957), and Destry Rides Again (1959).


Films that he choreographed included: Where’s Charley (1949), The Band Wagon (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and Hello Dolly (1969). Kidd also acted and danced in movies. He appeared with Gene Kelly and Dan Daily in It’s Always Fair Weather, where they danced along a New York street with garbage-can lids attached to their shoes.


Kidd starred in the cult film, Smile (1975) and occasionally directed film and television (All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley). In 1993 he was nominated for a Tony award for directing Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl. In 1996, he was presented an honorary Oscar at the 69th Academy Award show .


Michael Kidd died in Los Angeles from cancer on December 23, 2007 at the age of 92. He was interred in the Pineland Section (13), Lot 847, Grave 1, next to a tree, about 20 feet southwest of Frank Keenan.


Michael Kidd grave

The grave of Michael Kidd (above) and his temporary marker (below)
(Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger)


Michael Kidd marker