He directed the classic movie musicals Meet Me in St. In addition to having directed some of the best known musicals of his day, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. His father was the musical conductor of Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. His Chicago-born mother was of French Canadian descent with a strong probability of Native American Anishinaabe lineage included via her Mackinac Island, Michigan born mother. His paternal grandfather Vincenzo Minnelli and great-uncle Domenico Minnelli, both Sicilian revolutionaries , were forced to leave Sicily after the collapse of the provisional Sicilian government that arose from the revolution against Ferdinand II and Bourbon rule. Vincenzo was a music teacher and composer.
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Vincente Minnelli, whose deft intermingling of song, dance and plot made him one of the greatest directors of Hollywood musicals, died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles last night. He was 76 years old. The director had been hospitalized several times within the last year for emphysema and pneumonia, according to Ron Wise of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Eventually his mother and father settled in Delaware , Ohio , but Lester moved to Chicago after he graduated from high school , hoping to find work as an artist. The weekly revues he mounted to entertain the crowds in between screenings quickly helped establish Minnelli as a rising star in his field, and in he was summoned to New York City to work as a costume designer for Paramount-Publix, which had merged with Balaban and Katz. Soon he graduated to art director, staging ever more elaborate and inventive revues. Minnelli caught the eye of producers Lee and J.
Vincente Minnelli directed some of the most celebrated entertainments in cinema history, including "Meet Me in St. Minnelli's first jobs in show business were as costume and set designer; the sophistication he would bring to the American stage and film musical was always reminiscent of "Vogue" or "Vanity Fair," and it is no accident that he once directed a charming comedy entitled "Designing Woman" Even one of his dramatic films, "The Cobweb" , involves neurotic tensions that begin to break out in a psychiatric clinic when new drapes are selected for the common room. View All Photos View All. News My Account sign up log in log out.