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Herbert Ross



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
26% Poster Boy
  • Producer
2006
73% Boys on the Side
  • Director
  • Producer
1995
35% Undercover Blues
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1993
47% True Colors
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Executive Producer
1991
71% My Blue Heaven
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
69% Steel Magnolias
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Dancers
  • Director
1987
58% The Secret of My Success
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Follies in Concert
  • Director
1985
14% Protocol
  • Director
1984
53% Footloose
  • Director
1984
75% Max Dugan Returns
  • Producer
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet I Ought to Be in Pictures
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Director
  • Producer
1981
40% Nijinsky
  • Director
1980
55% California Suite
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Filming Ballet
  • Actor
1978
88% The Goodbye Girl
  • Director
1977
58% The Turning Point
  • Director
  • Producer
1977
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  • Director
1976
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Director
1975
38% Funny Lady
  • Director
1975
92% The Last of Sheila
  • Director
  • Producer
1973
97% Play It Again, Sam
  • Director
  • Actor
1972
80% The Owl and the Pussycat
  • Director
1970
100% Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Director
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Goodbye Love
  • Director
1933
17% The Skin Game
  • Mr. Jackman
1931

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