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Name  Charles Walters

Role  Director
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Died  August 13, 1982, Malibu, California, United States
Education  University of Southern California
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Director
Movies  High Society, Easter Parade, Lili, The Barkleys of Broadway, Summer Stock

Similar  Leslie Caron, George Sidney, Arthur Freed

Charles walters

Charles Walters (November 17, 1911 – August 13, 1982) was a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies in from the 1940s to the 1960s.


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Life and career

Charles Walters was born in Pasadena, California and educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

He is notable for directing many popular and successful MGM musicals, such as Good News, Easter Parade and High Society, featuring some of the studio's biggest stars, including Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, June Allyson and Esther Williams.

Before directing feature films, Walters was one of the leading dance directors at MGM. Among the movies he choreographed are Meet Me in St. Louis, Best Foot Forward and Girl Crazy (in which he partnered Judy Garland on-screen).

He received a Best Director Oscar nomination for the 1953 film Lili starring Leslie Caron, for which Caron was also Oscar nominated. He also directed Debbie Reynolds to her only Oscar nomination in the film version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Walters directed the last pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), as well as Cary Grant in the actor's last film Walk, Don't Run, a 1966 remake of The More the Merrier. He also directed Doris Day in her last musical, Billy Rose's Jumbo.

He concluded his career in the mid-1970s, directing Lucille Ball in two made-for-television movies, and the TV series Here's Lucy.

Brent Phillips' book, Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, illuminates Walters' private life as a gay man. Walters died from lung cancer at the age of 70. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6402 Hollywood Blvd.


  • Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  • Good News (1947)
  • Easter Parade (1948)
  • The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
  • Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (uncredited)
  • Summer Stock (1950)
  • Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
  • Texas Carnival (1951)
  • The Belle of New York (1952)
  • Lili (1953)
  • Dangerous When Wet (1953)
  • Torch Song (1953)
  • Easy to Love (1953)
  • The Glass Slipper (1955)
  • The Tender Trap (1955)
  • High Society (1956)
  • Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
  • Gigi (1958) (uncredited)
  • Ask Any Girl (1959)
  • Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
  • Cimarron (1960) (uncredited)
  • Go Naked in the World (1961) (uncredited)
  • Two Loves (1961)
  • Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
  • Walk, Don't Run (1966)
  • Actor

  • Pied Piper Malone (1924) - Child
  • Presenting Lily Mars (1943) - Lily's Dance Partner in Finale (uncredited)
  • Girl Crazy (1943) - Student (uncredited)
  • Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945) - Sailor (uncredited)
  • Lili (1953) - Dancer (uncredited)
  • Torch Song (1953) - Ralph Ellis (uncredited)
  • Easy to Love (1953) - Nightclub Dancer with Cyd Charisse (uncredited, Last appearance)
  • References

    Charles Walters Wikipedia