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Gwen Verdon

Highest Rated:   83% Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)
Lowest Rated:   36% Cocoon: The Return (1988)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
80% 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
77% Alice
  • Alice's Mother
1990
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Bess McCarthy
1988
45% Nadine
  • Vera
1987
80% Cocoon
  • Bess McCarthy
1985
75% 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
80% David and Bathsheba
  • Specialty Dancer
1951
No Score Yet On the Riviera
  • Specialty Dancer
1951

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