Oscar winner George Chakiris ("West Side Story," 1962), dance critic Debra Levine
Like all of us, Oscar has another side.
Before the screening of "Gentlemen," dance talk led by Debra Levine.
Former Denishawn dancer Jack Cole and his mentor, Ruth St. Denis, in 1935
Jack Cole's nightclub act, 1947, Cole second from right in black.
Jack Cole's wide-legged stance in his nightclub act.
The "lost" dance number of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes": the Parisian ballet
"The Gladiators" circa early 1950s. Jack Cole at center.
Gwen Verdon rehearses Monroe for "Just Two Little Girls from Little Rock."
Marilyn Monroe mirrors her choreographer for "Diamonds."
Jack Cole, white sweater, directs "Diamonds." George Chakiris, at left, observes.
Cole & Monroe circa 1960.
As a young chorine, George Chakiris danced in "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."
Chakiris shares memories of Marilyn Monroe's strict work ethic during the shoot.
Chakiris acts out a mishap that remains in "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?"
Jane Russell gets clipped by a dancer and falls into the swimming pool.
Thanking George Chakiris, a great American dancer of his generation.
George Chakiris, who *kills* as Bernardo in "West Side Story."
Ellen Harrington, Director, Exhibits and Collections, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, who produced the "Gentlemen" event
All photos by Dana Ross.