Herbert Ross

Herbert Ross

Highest Rated: 100% Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

Lowest Rated: 0% T.R. Baskin (1971)

Birthday: Invalid date

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American director/choreographer Herbert Ross divided his time between Broadway and the American Ballet Theatre in the 1950s and 1960s. Ross also choreographed numerous live television programs, and handled the dance sequences of such films as Carmen Jones (1954), Inside Daisy Clover (1963) and Dr. Doollittle (1967). His first screen directorial job was Goodbye Mr. Chips, an overblown 1969 remake of a well-regarded 1939 MGM feature. Ross' subsequent cinema reputation rested on his ability to transfer popular stage plays to the screen, as witness The Owl and The Pussycat (1970), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and California Suite (1978). While he was expert in cinematizing the plays of Neil Simon, Ross was critcally lambasted for his conformist approach to Woody Allen's Play it Again Sam (1972), though this film was one of Allen's biggest moneymakers. Ross also directed a brace of Neil Simon screenplays, The Goodbye Girl (1977) (which won an Oscar for star Richard Dreyfuss) and Max Dugan Returns (1982). Considered by some detractors to be merely a conduit for the works of more talented writers, Ross countered his critics with such remarkable personal-expression pieces as The Turning Point (1978), a story of the ballet world which became an unexpected box-office smash, and Pennies From Heaven (1981), a courageous if not wholly successful juxtaposition of wish-dream fantasy and tragic reality. Ross has worked with everyone from Raquel Welch to Barbra Streisand, so he is unimpressed by the excesses of "star mystique." He was roundly criticized by the costars of Steel Magnolias (1989) for his rough treatment of then-supporting actress Julia Roberts, but the fact is that Roberts gave a far better performance for Ross than she would for many of her pre-approved directors once she achieved superstardom. In private life, Ross has had two high-profile marriages -- his first wife was ballet dancer Nora Kaye, who produced many of her husband's films until her death in 1987 and his second wife was Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jackie Kennedy.

Highest Rated Movies



26% Poster Boy Producer 2006
74% Boys on the Side Director Producer 1995
33% Undercover Blues Executive Producer Director 1993
47% True Colors Director Producer 1991
69% Soapdish Executive Producer 1991
71% My Blue Heaven Director Producer 1990
70% Steel Magnolias Director 1989
No Score Yet Dancers Director 1987
57% The Secret of My Success Producer Director 1987
No Score Yet Follies in Concert Director 1985
25% Protocol Director 1984
51% Footloose Director 1984
69% Max Dugan Returns Producer Director 1983
No Score Yet I Ought to Be in Pictures Director Producer 1982
85% Pennies From Heaven Director Producer 1981
43% Nijinsky Director 1980
57% California Suite Director 1978
83% The Goodbye Girl Director 1977
61% The Turning Point Director Producer 1977
85% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Producer Director 1976
75% The Sunshine Boys Director 1975
33% Funny Lady Director 1975
86% The Last of Sheila Producer Director 1973
97% Play It Again, Sam Director Actor 1972
0% T.R. Baskin Director 1971
80% The Owl and the Pussycat Director 1970
100% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Director Actor 1969
No Score Yet Goodbye Love Director 1933
29% The Skin Game Mr. Jackman 1931


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