Choreographer Michael Kidd, Dec. 23

<b>Choreographer Michael Kidd, Dec. 23</b><br> Choreographer Michael Kidd, whose athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar, died of cancer on Dec. 23. Kidd's age is often listed as 88, but Robert Greenwald says his uncle was actually 92. 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," took Fred Astaire out of his top hat to play a private eye in a Mickey Spillane spoof in "The Band Wagon," and taught Marlon Brando how to hoof for "Guys and Dolls."

( AP/Reed Saxon )

Choreographer Michael Kidd, Dec. 23
Choreographer Michael Kidd, whose athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar, died of cancer on Dec. 23. Kidd's age is often listed as 88, but Robert Greenwald says his uncle was actually 92. 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," took Fred Astaire out of his top hat to play a private eye in a Mickey Spillane spoof in "The Band Wagon," and taught Marlon Brando how to hoof for "Guys and Dolls."

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