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Choreographer Kidd dies of cancer
LOS ANGELES, California
Choreographer Michael Kidd, whose joyously athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar, has died.
Kidd's nephew, Robert Greenwald, told The New York Times that Kidd died at his Los Angeles home Sunday night of cancer. Kidd's age is often listed as 88, but Greenwald told the Times that his uncle was actually 92.
To moviegoers, Kidd was best known for the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," in which a bunch of earthy backwoodsmen (some of them really stage dancers) prance exuberantly with their prospective brides.
In Hollywood, he also directed dances for Danny Kaye in "Knock on Wood," took Fred Astaire out of his top hat to play a private eye in a Mickey Spillane spoof in "The Band Wagon," and taught Marlon Brando how to hoof for "Guys and Dolls."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Kidd with a special award in 1997 for "his services in the art of the dance in the art of the screen."
Christmas in Egypt
PARIS, France
French President Nicolas Sarkozy left Paris yesterday for a private Christmas holiday in the Egyptian tourist town of Luxor accompanied by his new love, ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, an airport source said.
Sarkozy "was accompanied by Carla Bruni and nine other people," the source said, adding that the president left on a Falcon 900 plane owned by French billionaire tycoon Vincent Bollore. The president will begin a two-day official tour of Egypt on December 30.
Sarkozy and his second wife Cecilia announced their divorce in October after 11 years of marriage. Since then, he has been publicly seen with Bruni but has remained tight-lipped about his relationship with the model-turned-singer.


Updated : 2021-05-13 12:11 GMT+08:00