Ida Shames

by | Mar 4, 2019 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Ida Shames, age 96, passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2019.

Ida was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Dora Floch Aframe and Robert Aframe.

She loved and lived for her family and was always the devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is lovingly survived by her husband of 73 years, Colonel Edward D. Shames, USA; her children, Steven (Linda) and Douglas (Ilene); her grandchildren, Sarah (Matthew), Samuel, Aaron (Rachel) and Rebecca (Anthony); her eight great-grandchildren; and her dearest friend, William Grandy.

Graveside funeral services were conducted at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rabbi Israel Zoberman and Cantor David Proser. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Memorial donations to the Virginia Beach SPCA or the charity of choice. Online condolences to the family through

Filmmaker Stanley Donen, director of Singin’ in the Rain

Stanley Donen, the filmmaker and choreographer best known for the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, has died.

Donen died Thursday, Feb. 21 from heart failure in New York City. He was 94.

As a child in Columbia, South Carolina, Donen faced anti-Semitic bullying and used the movies as an escape from the tensions of being one of the few Jews in his community, The Associated Press reported. He became an atheist as a youth. The movies turned him on to the world of dancing and acting

He met Gene Kelly when they worked on the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, when Donen, then 16, was in the chorus and Kelly was cast in the lead.

They met again in Hollywood and began working together, first with Donen as Kelly’s assistant, choreographer, and later as co-director. Donen also worked with actors including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire.

Some of his other notable films include On the Town (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Funny Face (1957), Indiscreet (1958), and Charade (1963).

Though his movies are well-known and beloved, the director never received an Academy Award nomination. In 1998 he was given an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.

Steven Spielberg told the AP that Donen was a “friend and early mentor. His generosity in giving over so many of his weekends in the late 60s to film students like me to learn about telling stories and placing lenses and directing actors is a time I will never forget.”

Donen was married five times and is survived by three of his four children. (JTA)