Dancer who also appeared in Marvin’s Space and Cocoon and was married to Bob Fosse. She received four Tony Honours for her focus on Broadway. She performed many types of dance such as for example faucet, ballroom, and jazz. She became known on her behalf flaming red locks. She wedded her second spouse Bob Fosse in 1960, as well as the few had a child in 1963. She performed the type Ruth alongside Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1996 film Marvin’s Space.
Full Name Gwen Verdon
Date Of Birth January 13, 1925
Died October 18, 2000, Woodstock, Vermont, United States
Place Of Birth Culver City, CA
Height 1.62 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Alexander Hamilton High School
Spouse Bob Fosse, James Henaghan
Children Nicole Fosse, Jim Henaghan
Parents Gertrude Lilian Standring, Joseph William Verdon
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performances
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Movies Damn Yankees, Marvin's Room, All That Jazz, Cocoon: The Return, Cocoon, The Cotton Club, On the Riviera, David and Bathsheba, The Farmer Takes a Wife, Walking Across Egypt, Nadine, Alice, The King Steps Out, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Bruno, The Merry Widow, Legs, Hollywood Musicals of the '50s, The Deadly Visitor, Best Friends for Life
TV Shows Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Legs
Portrayed "Lola" in the stage version of "Damn Yankees!" and reprised her role in the movie, Damn Yankees! (1958).
Collected glass perfume bottles.
Was with husband, Bob Fosse, when he collapsed from a heart attack just prior to opening night of a revival of "Sweet Charity" at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. (he was the director/choreographer, she was the assistant choreographer.).
Went on stage for a performance of "Sweet Charity" after finding out her mother passed away. She claimed that the only way she could cope was to go on with the show.
She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
For Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Gwen coached stars Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in both their dance and walk -- Monroe with less sex, Russell with more. It's rumored that at one point in the film, Verdon dubs both Monroe's and Russell's swaying bottoms.
Never pulled the diva act and was not overly-possessive about her award-winning stage roles. In fact she gamely coached Shirley MacLaine on the set of Sweet Charity (1969), who was recreating Gwen's title character.
Won four Tony Awards: one as Best Supporting or Featured Actress Musical) in 1954 for "Can-Can;" and three as Best Actress (Musical) in 1956 for "Damn Yankees!," a role she recreated in the film version of the same name., Damn Yankees! (1958); in 1958 for "New Girl in Town," in a tie with her co-star Thelma Ritter; and in 1959 for "Redhead." She was also nominated as Best Actress (Musical) in 1966 for "Sweet Charity" and in 1976 for "Chicago."
Before Sweet Charity went to Broadway, something terrible happened to Gwen. Her throat began hurting, but she continued to sing until she was almost completely voiceless. She was hospitalized, and it was discovered that a feather from one of the boas used for costume was wrapped around her vocal chords.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Film Award
Most Promising Newcomer to Film
Damn Yankees! (1958)
Top Female New Personality
2nd place awards
2nd place awards
Award shared with
Top Female Musical Performance
Damn Yankees! (1958)
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On second husband Bob Fosse: "Bob Fosse grew up around strip clubs. Women were his hobby. He'd even cheat on his mistress. Part of him felt guilty, another part was ecstatic. In the end, it helped lead him to an early death".
Sex in a dance is in the eyes of the beholder. I never thought my dances sexy. I suppose that's because I see myself with my face washed, and to me I look like a rabbit.
These girls I've played are naive and pure. They are looking for someone to really love. But they aren't very bright, and they haven't been brought up in a family situation that enables them to evaluate. As for the prostitutes, well they're 'loved' every 20 minutes, or what substitutes for love in about 90% of American homes-- I'm pretty cynical about that.
I like the character of Charity because she's so hopeful. She's never bitter, and plenty of things happen to her that could make her bitter. She always thinks tomorrow's going to be beautiful. And someday it will be.