Last Surviving Member of Hollywood's 'Golden Age' Passes Away at Age 94

February 26, 2019Feb 26, 2019

The last surviving director from the true "Golden Age" of Hollywood has just passed away. According to reports, Stanley Donen has died. He was 94-years-old at the time of his passing.

"Stanley Donen, the director of such stylish and exuberant films as 'Singin’ in the Rain,' 'Funny Face' and 'Two for the Road' and the last surviving helmer of note from Hollywood’s golden age, has died at 94," according to Page Six.

Stanley was most well-known for his work on the iconic "Singing in the Rain" film. However, he never received an Oscar nomination during his career. Late in his life, though, he did receive a lifetime achievement award from the Academy.

"His films were known for their brisk pace, witty scripts and stylish look (thanks to cinematography, editing, costumes and art direction that created striking visuals). Even after he stopped making musicals, his camera movements and blocking in later comedies and dramas reflected the work of the precise choreographer that he was," wrote Page Six.

Social media was filled with tributes to the late director. Lots of hardcore film critics spoke out on his passing and offered their condolences. He truly was an iconic Hollywood icon who had a very long career in the entertainment industry. While he was never publicly recognized that often, his fans truly appreciated the art and talent that he filled his productions with.

"Still, he often was underrated, accused (wrongly) of favoring style over substance. But many of his films gained stature over time. Though 'Funny Face' and the 1967 'Bedazzled' were not huge hits at the time, they earned big followings in later years (and the later was remade in 2000). Audiences similarly increased their appreciation for hits like 1952’s 'Singin’ in the Rain,' which many have since labeled as the best Hollywood musical ever made," according to reports.

Stanley was married five times during this life. He is survived by his sons: producer-agent Josh Donen, and Mark Donen. Another son, Peter, a visual effects supervisor, died in 2003 of a heart attack at age 50.

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