Gwen Verdon

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Gwen Verdon

Born

1/13/1925, Culver City, California

Died

10/18/2000

Birth Name

Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Gwyneth Verdon
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Gwen Verdon (born January 13, 1925) was a Tony Award-winning dancer and actress, best remembered for originating the lead role in "Sweet Charity" and in the stage and film versions of "Damn Yankees." Verdon enjoyed a string of Broadway successes with her husband, Bob Fosse ("Cabaret"), which included…more

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    • Gwen was nominated for 3 Emmys. In 1988, she was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series" for Magnum, P.I.. In 1993, she was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for Homicide:Life on the Street. Also in 1993, she was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for Dream On.

    • Gwen was nominated for 2 SAG Awards in 1997, for her movie Marvin's Room. The categories were "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" and "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role".

    • Her mother, Gertrude, was a vaudevillian and dancer and her father, Joseph, was an MGM studio electrician.

    • She and Chita Rivera (her co-star from Chicago) remained friends until Gwen's death in 2000.

    • During the run of the Broadway musical Chicago, Gwen had to leave due to a throat infection that kept her hospitalized.

    • Gwen actually taught Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell both how to dance for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    • Gwen won a Grammy Award for the cast recording of the musical Redhead.

    • In 1953, Gwen got her big break in the Cole Porter musical Can Can which was choreographed by Michael Kidd.

    • Although uncredited, Gwen wasthe assistant choreographer in the film version of Sweet Charity.

    • In 1956, Gwen won a Best Actress in a Musical Tony for Damn Yankees!.

    • In 1954, Gwen won a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony for her role in Can-Can.

    • Gwen was the mother of two children, Jim Henaghan, born in 1943 and Nicole Fosse, who was born in 1963.

    • After playing "Roxie Hart" in the musical Chicago, Gwen decided she wanted to concentrate on straight acting, instead of singing and dancing.

    • Gwen once had a job as assistant to choreographer Jack Cole.

    • Gwen attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.

    • In 1942, at the age of 17, Gwen married James Henaghan who was a tabloid reporter. The two divorced 5 years later.

    • Although she and Bob Fosse separated in 1971, they actually emained married until his death in 1987.

    • Gwen studied multiple dance forms including tap, jazz, ballroom, flamenco,Balinese and juggling.

    • Gwen's trademark was her flaming red hair.

    • Gwen began taking dance classes at the age of three.

    • Gwen had rickets as a child that caused her legs to be bent and misshapen.

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