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    On Gene Kelly and GRAND Social No. 77

    It's Monday, which means it's GRAND Social time! Thank you for coming by for the link party.

    Before I kick off GRAND Social No. 77, though, I need to ask for your input on something extra special. I have some great opportunities coming up in the next two weeks — including a Bloggy Boot Camp conference this weekend and the Starz Denver Film Festival which begins this Wednesday and runs through Nov. 17. It's the latter that I need your input on.

    As part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, I will be interviewing Patricia Kelly, the widow of Gene Kelly. Yes, that Gene Kelly. Crazy, huh!? She emailed me to introduce herself in advance of the festival, and we've planned an email interview (unfortunately our schedules conflict, preventing an in-person chat) for an exclusive Q&A to be published here for you, the Grandma's Briefs readers.

    And that's where you come in: I want to know what questions you would like asked of Patricia Kelly. She will be at the festival to present GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY, so please watch the following trailer for the performance. Then leave a comment below on what you would like me to ask Mrs. Kelly about the presentation, her life with Gene Kelly or about Mr. Kelly himself. You can also email me your questions today, if you prefer. Either way, I'll fit in as many questions from Grandma's Briefs readers as I can when I conduct my once-in-a-lifetime interview with Patricia Kelly.

    I look forward to your questions!

    And now... GRAND Social No. 77.

    link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites, please.
    • Adding a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:


    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.

    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, comment, even if just a "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit the links of other bloggers and do the same.

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    Reader Comments (16)

    I just discovered your blog ~ and had to join in the fun. Being a grandma is the best!
    Thanks for hosting.

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Congrats on the opportunity. I loved Gene Kelly as a kid, but I can't think of any question (neeeed more coffee!). Good luck!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    Lisa, you're such a rock star!! Can't wait to read about your interview with Patricia Kelly!

    Thank you for the social, and I hope you have a great week!

    Love, Joy

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy @ Yesterfood

    You are going to have such fun with that interview! My question -- so was she a dancer, too? How intimidating was it to dance with him?!

    Thank you so much for hosting us! Happy Monday!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I am a huge Gene Kelly fan, from "New York, New York" to his serious yet outstanding performance in the highly acclaimed, "Inherit the Wind" to, of course, "Singing in the Rain." I know he was a perfectionist and a highly athletic dancer, unlike Fred Astaire who was more stylized.

    I'd love to know whether Patricia knows which film he proudest of, and whether he preferred directing over acting. I'd also love a comment on her memories of his relationship with Frank Sinatra.

    I admit I am a huge fan of classic movies. Gene Kelly was always at the top of his game, and that is why he is such a classic.

    Good luck and congratulation, Lisa. I am highly jealous!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    Was his nature as Sunny as he was in his pictures.

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershelley zurek

    Thanks, again, for the GRAND Social, always a good start to the week!

    Please ask Mrs. Kelly if she and Gene ever danced together at home or out in public when out for dinner, etc. Thanks!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Oh, I am so jealous! I love Gene Kelly movies! Unfortunately, I just can't think of a thing for you to ask, but I am sure the interview will be wonderful and can't wait to read about it! Thank you for hosting this fun hop also!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

    As I said on Facebook, my brother is an even bigger movie buff than me (I didn't think that was possible, but he is older by 6 years and I remember watching classic movies with him on his black and white TV in his room.) Anyway, here is what I posted on Facebook. I hope you can ask her:

    "My brother is a bigger movie buff than me. He just texted me a question that I will put on your blog, too. He read that when Gene Kelly made "Singing In The Rain" he had 102 fever. Is that true? Also why does she think "Singing in the Rain" became his most iconic film more so than "An American in Paris?"

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    What a great opportunity! My tap dancer son had the "Gene Kelly and the lamppost" image in his room as a teenager. He saw "Singin' in the Rain" about a million times when he was a kid.
    What to ask her? I wonder why and how he managed to keep himself so private. What, if anything, did he consider to be his "big break"? Did he mentor young dancers? Can't wait to read all about it!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRisa

    I think I'd want to know 1) Did they dance together, just for fun, not show. What was his favorite project/movie? 3) what did the two of you do for fun?

    As a theater major and nerd, I'm fascinated by this and can't wait to read your interview!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicki Anderson

    What an exciting opportunity! I'd like to know more about Patricia. She clearly took preserving Gene Kelly's legacy to heart, but what were her hopes and dreams before she met him? In any marriage, there is each partner and the marriage they grow into. With one partner so very well-known to the public, what did he or she or both do for her to keep her own individualism?

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Covin

    Great questions, everyone. Thank you! And keep 'em coming! I appreciate your input, as there are several things here I hadn't thought to ask.

    Thank you, too, for the fantastic posts being linked. Great reading to be had!

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    No questions - just wanted to say my senior parents and I were all HUGE fans of Gene Kelly - lots of fun family memories wrapped up in some of those grand old movies. Sounds like it will be a great read and can't wait to see it. Thank you! And thanks for another GRAND SOCIAL :)

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    I'd like to know if she ever danced with him herself - like did he enjoy dancing for leisure and fun with her when he wasn't working?

    November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    Wow…interview and film fest sounds exciting! time for another grand social—is it just me, or are these mondays rolling around so fast?

    November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda
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