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Marge Champion

Biography

Dancer and choreographer who also appeared in the music films Show Vessel and Lovely to check out, as well while the 2001 Broadway revival of Follies. She began dancing as a lady and became a ballet trainer when she was 12 years of age. She was the model for Snow White colored in the 1937 cartoon film Snow White colored as well as the Seven Dwarfs. She wedded her third spouse Boris Sagal in 1977. She was a part of a dance group with her previous husband Gower Champ.

Quick Facts


Full Name Marge Champion
Date Of Birth September 2, 1919
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Profession Dancer
Education Hollywood High School
Nationality American
Spouse Boris Sagal, Gower Champion, Art Babbitt
Children Gregg Champion, Blake Champion
Parents Ernest Belcher, Gladys Lee Baskette
Siblings Lina Basquette
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
Movies Show Boat, The Party, Give a Girl a Break, Lovely to Look At, Three for the Show, Everything I Have Is Yours, The Swimmer, Jupiter's Darling, Mr. Music, The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, The Jazz Singer
TV Shows Admiral Broadway Revue
Star Sign Virgo

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 Ex-sister-in-law of John C. Champion.
2 Lina Basquette claimed to have chosen the name Marjorie for her half-sister Marge Champion after the popular song 'Margie' by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson.
3 She will appear on Broadway this spring in a limited-run revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" as-surprise-the wife of a husband-and-wife song-and-dance team, performing the song "Rain On the Roof". [January 2001]
4 Mother, with Gower Champion, of film and television director Gregg Champion and son Blake Champion.
5 Stepmother of actresses Katey Sagal, Joey Sagal, Jean Sagal and Liz Sagal.
6 Daughter of dance teacher/choreographer Ernest Belcher.
7 Younger step-sister of late silent screen actress, Lina Basquette.
8 She was filmed for the reference of Disney animators (her then-husband Art Babbitt was an animator, and supervised much of the reference filming) as a model for the heroine in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (1940), and Hyacinth Hippo in the "Dance of the Hours" segment of Fantasia (1940) (along with Ruby Dandridge), which she also helped choreograph, in an elaborate parody of a Balanchine ballet danced by Vera Zorina in The Goldwyn Follies (1938). Marge even recalls doing some modeling for Mr. Stork in Dumbo (1941) .


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fame 1982 TV Series Ann Carlton
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County 1970 Mrs. Bester
The Swimmer 1968 Peggy Forsburgh
The Party 1968 Rosalind Dunphy
The United States Steel Hour 1959 TV Series
General Electric Theater 1956-1957 TV Series Kathleen Magee / Maude Applegate
Screen Directors Playhouse 1956 TV Series Claire Gregory
Shower of Stars 1956 TV Series
Front Row Center 1955 TV Series
Three for the Show 1955 Gwen Howard
Jupiter's Darling 1955 Meta
The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series Cameo
Lux Video Theatre 1953 TV Series Millie
Give a Girl a Break 1953 Madelyn Corlane
Everything I Have Is Yours 1952 Pamela Hubbard
Lovely to Look At 1952 Clarisse
Show Boat 1951 Ellie May Shipley
Mr. Music 1950 Marge Champion
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1949 TV Series
All Women Have Secrets 1939 Marion (as Marjorie Bell)
What a Life 1939 Student in Doorway at Dance (uncredited)
Sorority House 1939 Coed (uncredited)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 1939 Irene's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Honor of the West 1939 Diane Allen (as Marjorie Bell)
Delinquent Parents 1938 Dancer (uncredited)
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short Margie Bell - Dancer (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 choreographer
Masada 1981 TV Mini-Series dialogue coach - 4 episodes
When the Circus Came to Town 1981 TV Movie choreographer - as Marge Champion Sagal / dialogue coach - as Marge Champion Sagal
The Diary of Anne Frank 1980 TV Movie dialogue coach
Ike: The War Years 1979 TV Mini-Series choreographer - 2 episodes
The Awakening Land TV Mini-Series choreographer - 3 episodes, 1978 dialogue supervisor - 3 episodes, 1978
The Day of the Locust 1975 dance supervisor
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom 1975 TV Movie choreographer
Fantasia 1940 movement model - uncredited
Pinocchio 1940 model: "The Blue Fairy" - uncredited
Delinquent Parents 1938 dance director - as Marjorie Bell
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 movement model: "Snow White" - uncredited
The Goddess of Spring 1934 Short movement model: Persephone - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 1933 - uncredited
Three for the Show 1955 performer: "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Just One Of Those Things", "I've Got A Crush On You", "Which One"
Jupiter's Darling 1955 performer: "If This Be Slav'ry", "The Life Of An Elephant"
Give a Girl a Break 1953 performer: "Give a Girl a Break", "It Happens Every Time", "Challenge Dance" uncredited
Lovely to Look At 1952 performer: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "I Won't Dance" - uncredited
Show Boat 1951 performer: "I Might Fall Back on You" 1927, "Cakewalk" 1927, "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" 1927 - uncredited
The Admiral Broadway Revue 1949 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Delinquent Parents 1938 performer: "Once Around the Clock" - as Marjorie Bell

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Do! I Do! 1983 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Herself
The Movie Game 1970 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 21st Annual Tony Awards 1967 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1961 TV Series Herself - Dancer / Himself
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953-1959 TV Series Herself / Herself - Dancer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1956-1959 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Herself - Performer
America Pauses for Springtime 1959 TV Movie Herself
Accent on Love 1959 TV Movie Herself - Dancer
To Tell the Truth 1959 TV Series Herself - Panelist
What's My Line? 1955-1959 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958 TV Series Herself
The Juke Box Jury 1958 TV Series Herself
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Linkletter Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment 1957 TV Movie Herself
The Marge and Gower Champion Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Jack Benny Program 1957 TV Series Herself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Herself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
The 26th Annual Academy Awards 1954 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
The Admiral Broadway Revue 1949 TV Series Herself - Dancer
Texaco Star Theatre 1948 TV Series Herself - Dancer
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
Move Documentary post-production Herself
The Nation's Favourite Disney Song 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Snow White's Life Model
Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
Allison Anders Interviews Marge Champion 2014 Video documentary short Herself - Panelist
The Story of the Swimmer 2014 Video documentary Herself
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Never Stand Still 2012 Documentary Herself
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 Documentary Herself
Move TV 2011 TV Series Herself
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Herself
Keep Dancing 2009 Documentary short Herself - Dancer
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Words and Music by Jerry Herman 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Working with Walt 2006 Video short Herself
Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm 2006 Video documentary Herself
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
That's Entertainment!: The Masters Behind the Musicals 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Barrymore on Broadway 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Herself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Performer
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Herself
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself
To Dance for Gold 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Florence Foster Jenkins: A World of Her Own 2007 Documentary Herself
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I 1993 TV Movie Herself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'Lovely to Look At'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Career Achievement Award American Choreography Awards, USA · Gower Champion
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6282 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Fantasia (1940) $25 /day
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $10 /day

#Quote
1 In those days - it seems impossible now - nice girls didn't go to bed with people before they were married. I had been brought up by my British father. You just didn't do that. You did not sleep with them or live with them.


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