Director Vincente Minnelli’s Funeral Will be Private
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) _ Funeral services for Oscar-winning director Vincente Minnelli, who died last week at age 83, will be private, a funeral home spokeswoman said Sunday.
″The family requested that everything be strictly private,″ said Lillian Lonnon, spokeswoman for Forest Lawn Memorial Park. ″The family asked that absolutely no information be given out.″
Minnelli, who directed such movie classics as ″Brigadoon,″ ″An American in Paris″ and ″Gigi,″ died Friday evening. He failed to awaken from his usual after-dinner nap, said his wife, Lee.
He had spent the day with his daughter, Liza Minnelli, whose mother was the late Judy Garland. He also had been married to Georgette Magnani and Denise Gigante.
In addition to his wife and Miss Minnelli, the director is survived by another daughter, Christina Miro of Mexico, and two grandchildren, Vincent and Ximena.
Minnelli’s ″Gigi″ won 10 Academy Awards, ″An American in Paris″ five and ″Lust for Life,″ the story of painter Vincent Van Gogh, one. He was honored as best director, however, only once - for ″Gigi.″
Minnelli made some of Hollywood’s outstanding musicals, including ″The Band Wagon,″ ″Meet Me in St. Louis″ and ″On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,″ but he also directed such divergent movies as ″Father of the Bride″ and its sequel ″Father’s Little Dividend,″ both with Elizabeth Taylor, and ″The Bad and the Beautiful″ with Lana Turner.
His first movie, the 1943 ″Cabin in the Sky,″ starred Lena Horne and Ethel Waters, and was also the first Hollywood production featuring an all- black cast.
He went on to direct 35 motion pictures over 33 years. Miss Garland appeared under his tutelage in ″Meet Me in St. Louis″ in 1944, a year before they married. The marriage ended in divorce after seven years.