Academy to honor Kidd

Choreographer Michael Kidd, whose career spanned four decades and included such classic musical features as “Guys and Dolls” and “Hello Dolly!,” will receive an honorary award at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

The statuette, “in recognition of his services to the art of the dance in the art of the screen,” will be presented at the 69th Academy Awards show, which airs live on ABC on March 24.

Kidd trained as an engineer before turning to dance. His first choreography credit was for the 1952 Warner Bros. musical “Where’s Charley?” Later films included “The Band Wagon,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Star!”

In addition to his distinguished dance career, Kidd also directed the Danny Kaye starrer “Merry Andrew,” and acted in “It’s Always Fair Weather,” “Movie Movie” and “Skin Deep.” On Broadway, Kidd won five Tony awards for his legit choreography.

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