Donen was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He was married to Marion Marshall from 1952 to 1959 until they divorced. He was partners with comedian Elaine May from 1999 until 2019. Donen died of heart failure in New York City on February 21, 2019 at the age of 94.
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- Byrge, Duane; Barnes, Mike (February 23, 2019). "Stanley Donen, Famed Director of Mirthful Movie Musicals, Dies at 94". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
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