Film Director. He was an influential, award-winning motion picture director of the 1950s to 1990s. As a young man, he became interested in performing, dropping out of high school to join the theater. In the 1950s, he began working as a choreographer, creating ballets as well as Broadway dance numbers. He was instrumental in Barbra Streisand’s early career, choreographing the 1962 Broadway musical 'I Can Get It for You Wholesale', which is widely credited with jump-starting her stage career. and for the film 'Funny Girl' (1968). In 1969, he made his big-screen directorial debut with 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' and went on to direct such films as 'The Owl and the Pussycat' (1970), 'Play It Again' (1972), 'The Sunshine Boys' (1975), 'The Goodbye Girl' (1977), 'The Turning Point' (1977), 'California Suite' (1978), 'Max Dugan Returns' (1983), 'Footloose' (1984) and 'Steel Magnolias' (1989). His final film was 1995’s 'Boys on the Side'. Ross was married to the dancer Nora Kaye from 1959 until her death in 1987. In 1988, he wed Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The pair divorced shortly before Ross’ death.
Bio by: Louis du Mort