Dance choregorapher Le Roy Prinz began his career staging production numbers for Max Reinhardt and the Folies Bergére. He
moved into films in ca. 1929 and went on to work for Cecil B. DeMille, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. The collection consists
of motion picture stills, photographs, scripts, awards, and subject files related to Prinz's career.
Le Roy Prinz was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on July 14, 1895. He attended Northwestern University in the early 1920s and
served in the French Foreign Legion. Prinz later served with Edward Rickenbacher's Flying Tigers air squadron during WWI.
He began his career as choreographer for Max Reinhardt, the Folies Bergére, and other European companies before coming to
Hollywood in 1930 to work as a production assistant and then choreographer for Cecil B. DeMille. Prinz was dance director
for Paramount (1931-1941) and Warner Brothers (1942-1957) and choreographed numerous motion picture productions including
The Big Broadcast of 1936,
Road to Singapore (1940),
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943),
Hollywood Canteen (1944),
April in Paris (1953), and
South Pacific (1958). He also directed a short subject,
Boy and His Dog, for which he won an Academy Award in 1948, and produced and choreographed many industrial films and benefit programs. Prinz
died in Wadsworth, California on September 15, 1983.
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