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Accession Number: 91-1001


Gene Kelly correspondence fonds. -- 1990. -- 1 folder.

Biography / History

Gene Kelly was born as Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia, U.S.A. His father, James Patrick Joseph Kelly, was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. Gene Kelly was educated at Pennsylvannia State University and he graduated in 1933. He had a number of different jobs before work as a dance instructer placed him on the stage. He played in "Leave it to Me", "The Time of Your Life" and "Paul Joey" in New York Theatre as well as many other theatres. When he was thirty he started to appear in movie films such as various musicals for MGM, where he found success with Judy Garland in "For Me and My Gal". In 1951 Gene Kelly received an Oscar for his contribution to dance in film. Gene was married three times and three children. Gene Kelly died on February 2, 1996. (Taken from: Thomson, David. "A Biographical Dictionary of Film." New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1981.)  Gene Kelly's aunt, Mary Anne Kelly, married Richard Sheehy and at one point they lived at 751 George St. N. in Peterborough - the Stratton, later, Sheehy and even later Sadleir House.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Stephen Otto and given to Professor Thomas H.B. Symons to donate to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of three letters between Gene Kelly, Steve Otto and James Rothenburg discussing a possible connection between Kelly and the Sheehy Family of the former "Sheehy" house, now part of Peter Robinson College, on George St. N., Peterborough, Ontario.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Stephen A. Otto via Professor Thomas Symons.

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