Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon

Highest Rated: 84% Marvin's Room (1996)

Lowest Rated: 33% Cocoon: The Return (1988)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1925

Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gwen Verdon became a professional performer at 22 -- rather late for a dancer, though she managed to make up for lost time by becoming one of the top Broadway personalities of the 1950s and 1960s. Before this happened, however, Verdon was a "gypsy," bouncing around from one chorus job to another. She essayed brief dancing roles in such 20th Century Fox films as On the Riviera (1951), David and Bathsheba (1951), and Dreamboat (1952). Reportedly, she and Carol Haney worked as choreography assistants to Gene Kelly in 1952's Singin' in the Rain. (Verdon later claimed that she and Haney post-dubbed some of Kelly's taps in the title number, standing ankle-deep in a drum full of water to match the soggy onscreen action.) In 1953, Verdon went to Broadway to star in Cole Porter's Can Can, winning a Tony and Donaldson award as a result; likewise honored with Tonys were her subsequent performances as Lola in Damn Yankees (a role she repeated for the 1958 film version) and the title roles of New Girl in Town (a 1957 musical version of Anna Christie) and Redhead (1958). In 1968, she starred in Sweet Charity, which like many of her earlier Broadway triumphs was choreographed by her longtime husband Bob Fosse. Her last Broadway show was 1975's Roxie Hart, directed by her now ex-husband Fosse; after this, she gave her lovely legs a long rest and concentrated on straight acting. Returning to films in 1984, Gwen Verdon was seen in character parts in such films as Cotton Club (1984), Cocoon (1985), and Alice (1990). She died in October 2000 at the age of 75.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards Damn Yankees 2005
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures Actor 2003
No Score Yet Walking Across Egypt Alora 1999
84% Marvin's Room Ruth 1996
No Score Yet In Cold Blood Sadie Truitt 1996
No Score Yet Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Etta Pell 1994
75% Alice Alice's Mother 1990
33% Cocoon: The Return Bess McCarthy 1988
45% Nadine Vera 1987
77% Cocoon Bess McCarthy 1985
76% The Cotton Club Tish Dwyer 1984
No Score Yet Legs Maureen Comly 1983
76% Damn Yankees Lola 1958
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Abigail 1953
No Score Yet The Mississippi Gambler Voodoo Dancer 1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Specialty Dancer 1952
No Score Yet Dreamboat Girl in Commercial 1952
No Score Yet Meet Me After the Show Dancer 1951
83% David and Bathsheba Specialty Dancer 1951
No Score Yet On the Riviera Specialty Dancer 1951


No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
Maisie Whitman 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Lorraine 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
No Score Yet Dream On
No Score Yet Webster
Aunt Charlotte 1988
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Katherine Magnum Peterson Katherine Peterson 1988
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Kelly Sterling 1986
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Mrs. Taylor 1985
No Score Yet M*A*S*H


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