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Married to Judy Garland and father to Liza Minnelli, film director Vincente Minnelli infused a new sophistication and vitality into movie musicals of the 1940s and '50s.
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A decade later, Minnelli scored another musical hit with On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), starring Barbra Streisand. In the interim, he directed comedic hits like Father of the Bride and its sequel, Father's Little Dividend; Goodbye Charlie; and serious films like Madame Bovary, Tea & Sympathy and his personal favorite, Lust for Life,
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Minnelli's attention to artistic detail was acute, often including a specific shade of yellow on his sets that required special mixing; the MGM painters nicknamed it "Minnelli Yellow."
Vincente Minnelli married three more times after splitting from Judy Garland, and had another daughter by the time of his death (on July 25, 1986, at the age of 83). He is credited with steering seven actors to Oscar-nominated performances during the course of his career, including Spencer Tracy, Gloria Grahame, Kirk Douglas and Shirley MacLaine.
Discussing Minnelli's work, one New York Times article noted that his "films exist in another dimension: these are not adaptations, but original works that embrace all that is unique about the motion picture medium. They are at once more emotionally intimate [than Logan's film] and more formally abstract, organizing color, space and rhythm into ever-evolving, sensually overpowering combinations."
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