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Gwen Verdon Photo

Stage Name

Birth Name

Gwen Verdon Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon

   Best remembered for her work in the movies 'Sweet Charity and Can-Can'. Gwen's mother Gertrude Verdon was a dancer and vaudeville veteran. Gwen had 'rickets' as a child and was often nicknamed 'Gimpy' because of the leg braces she had to wear. She would enter Clara Reids Dance School as young child ( Age three) with the hopes of strengthening her legs, not knowing someday to be a dance headliner. By the age of 6, Gwen was studying many dance forms such as Ballroom, Balinese, Tap, Jazz, Juggling and Flamenco. Later studied dance with Ernest Belcher.

   Before Verdon became a star she worked for the Hollywood Reporter and made her Professional Broadway debut in 'Alive and Kicking' in 1950. She would sometimes be credited as Verdun, and started her career as a child actor as well as a dancer who made her debut in the film 'Little Annie Rooney' at the age of sixteen. After Gwen's divorce to Henagham, she would become Jack Cole's assistant choreographer. Gwen Verdon, would become a star in the 1953 musical 'Can-Can' at the age of twenty-eight. In later days she would Co-host with ballroom dance champion Ron Montez on television's Ballroom dance Championships. She won Tony Awards for her roles in Can-Can, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, and Redhead.
Gwen Verdon Autograph

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Culver City, CA 1/13/1925 - 10/18/00 Bob Fosse (1960) Jimmy Henagham
            James Henagham (1942) Nicole Fosse (1960)

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Balinese Bob Fosse Broadway's Fair Ladies (CD)
Ballet Chita Rivera The Lady Is A Tramp (CD)
Ballroom Danny Kaye  
Can-Can Jack Cole  
Flamenco Liza Minelli  
Jazz    
Oriental    
Tap    

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

n/a 46th Street Theater (1955) 1942 - Show Boat (revival)
      Broadhurst Theater (1999) 1950 - Alive and Kicking
      Minskoff Theater (1986) 1951 - Magdalena
      Palace Theater (1966) 1953 - Can-Can
      Ritz Theater (1972) 1955 - Damn Yankees
      Shubert Theater (1953) 1958 - New Girl in Town
      Vivian Beaumont Theatre (1989) 1959 - Red Head
      Winter Garden Theater (1950) 1972 - Children! Children!
            1975 - Chicago
            1966 - Sweet Charity (and 1987)
            1978 - Dancin' ( Dance supervisor)
            1990 - The Tenth Man
            1999 - Fosse! ( Advisor)

Films

Television

Other

1936 - The King Steps Out 1951 - Goodyear TV Playhouse 3/1956 - Esquire Mag ( Pinup)
1941 - Little Annie Rooney 10/11/1953 - Toast of the Town 1957 - New Girl in Town
$1951 - David and Bathsheba 1956 - Dinah Shore Show 4/14/1958 - Life Mag.
1951 - Meet Me After The Show 1964 - Hollywood Palace 2/23/1959 - Life Mag ( Cover)
1951 - On The Riviera 1967 - Carol Burnett Show 4/1959 - Theater Arts Mag
1952 - Dreamboat 1972 - M.A.S.H. ( Thats Showbiz) 7/1972 - Modern Screen Mag
$1952 - The Merry Widow 1973 - Deadly Visitor 1978 - On Broadway ( Fehl)
$1952 - Singin' In The Rain ( Asst chor) 1972 - FAME $1998 - On Broadway
1953 - I Don't Care Girl 1983 - Legs ( Rockettes)  
$1953 - Farmer Takes A Wife 2001 - Fosse!  
1953 - Mississippi Gambler ( Chor)    
1955 - Gentlemen Marry Brunettes    
$1958 - Damn Yankees    
$1969 - Sweet Charity ( Chor)    
$1976 - That's Entertainment II    
$1979 - All That Jazz ( Nicole Fosse)    
$1984 - The Cotton Club [ DVD]    
$1985 - Cocoon ( Chor) [ DVD]    
$1988 - Cocoon ... The Return    
Nadine    

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