Local News in Brief : Actor Gene Kelly Ill With Pneumonia

Venerable actor and dancer Gene Kelly has been hospitalized with pneumonia, forcing him to cancel a planned show in La Mirada, theater officials said Thursday.

“An Evening With Gene Kelly,” the show set to open tonight at the La Mirada Civic Theater, was canceled after Kelly’s agent reported the star of Broadway and Hollywood musicals had been hospitalized with pneumonia, theater spokeswoman Donna Heckenlaible said.

“All we know is that Mr. Kelly is in a hospital with pneumonia and that the show, which was sold out, is canceled,” she said.

The show was scheduled to include film clips of Kelly’s long career and reminiscences by the entertainer.


The name and location of the hospital were not disclosed.

Kelly, 76, is best known for his singing and dancing in films including “An American in Paris,” which was the only musical ever to win an Academy Award for best movie of the year.