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Director Stanley Donen, who shepherded movie musicals including "Singin’ In the Rain" and "Funny Face" during Hollywood's golden age, has died at age 94.

His son, Mark Donen, confirmed the death, which happened on Thursday.

Donen never won an Oscar for his work, but received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy in 1998 for “a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation."

He was notably missing from the "In Memoriam" segment during Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Donen worked with many of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, and Audrey Hepburn.

He began his career as a chorus dancer on Broadway, where he met and befriended Kelly. He moved to Hollywood and began choreographing, in collaboration with his friend. The duo co-directed 1949's "On the Town" and 1952's "Singin' in the Rain."

Donen went on to an acclaimed solo directing career. He went on to helm "Royal Wedding" (1951) featuring Astaire; "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" with Jane Powell; "Funny Face" (1957) with Astaire and Hepburn; and "Charade" (1957) with Hepburn and Grant.

"For a time, Donen epitomized Hollywood style,” Tad Friend wrote in The New Yorker in 2003. Donen "made the world of champagne fountains and pillbox hats look enchanting, which is much harder than it sounds.”

Donen was married and divorced five times. He was the longtime companion of writer/director Elaine May, from 1999 until his death.

He had three children: Peter, a visual effects artist who is deceased; Joshua, a film producer; and Mark, who has worked as a production assistant.