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.