Michael Kidd Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Broadway choreographer Michael Kidd has died. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

Kidd died at his LA home Sunday night of cancer at age 92.

His joyously athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar.

To moviegoers, Kidd was best known for the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

He also directed dances for Danny Kaye in "Knock on Wood" and took Fred Astaire out of his top hat to play a private eye in a Mickey Spillane spoof, "The Band Wagon."

There is no Oscar category for choreography, so the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Kidd with a special award in 1997. For WNYC, I'm Marc Garber.

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