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Vera Ellen

Biography

Dancer who all appeared in a number of movie musicals, like the 1954 creation of White Xmas. She began dance at age group ten with age group sixteen she gained the Main Bowes Beginner Hour contest. Through the 1950s, she was known for getting the smallest waistline in Hollywood. She wedded and divorced double, and had one young child from her second relationship. She starred in the musical, Light Xmas, along with Bing Crosby.

Quick Facts


Full Name Vera-Ellen
Date Of Birth February 16, 1921
Died August 30, 1981, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Ohio
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American, German
Spouse Victor Rothschild, Robert Hightower, Victor Rothschild, Robert Hightower
Children Victoria Ellen Rothschild
Parents Martin Rohe, Alma Catherine Westmeier
Movies White Christmas, On the Town, Three Little Words, The Belle of New York, Call Me Madam, Wonder Man, Words and Music, Let's Be Happy, Love Happy, Happy Go Lovely, Big Leaguer, The Kid from Brooklyn, Three Little Girls in Blue, Carnival in Costa Rica
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1She was originally slated to star in Excuse My Dust (1951) with Red Skelton however she had to be replaced as she was in London filming Happy Go Lovely (1951) and would not finish that film in time.
2Her singing in 'Three Litte Words' was dubbed by Anita Ellis.
3She was a lifelong Republican and a solid supporter of Ronald Reagan especially.
4It has been reported that she appeared in "Major Bowes' Amateur Theatre of the Air" in 1935, but that remains unconfirmed.
5She was a Radio City Rockette but was fired after two weeks because she showed too much individuality on stage.
6In 1977 a gossip columnist reported that the baby Vera-Ellen lost in the 60s had died from SIDS.
7Her first Broadway appearance was in "Very Warm for May," co-directed by future MGM filmmaker Vincente Minelli and featuring future MGM co-worker June Allyson in the chorus.
8Fred Astaire said about her, "She was a real accomplished dancer, that girl. Ballet, tap dancing, anything you wanted to do.
9One of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the movies, other actresses that have also done this includes Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Debbie Reynolds, and Leslie Caron.
10She was known to have the smallest waist in Hollywood from the mid 1940s through the 1960s.
11On March 3, 1963, she gave birth to a daughter named Victoria Ellen Rothschild, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on June 20th of that same year. All of this took place in Los Angeles County.
12Was once a drum majorette in high school.
13Went to the same Cincinnati ballroom dance studio as a child as Doris Day. Their parents used to carpool together to the dance studio.
14Suffered from anorexia for years, which led to premature aging


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "On the Town" 1944, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" 1936 - uncredited
That's Dancing!1985Documentary performer: "Thinking of You"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956-1958TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Let's Be Happy1957performer: "Let's Be Happy", "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond", "I'm Going to Scotland" - uncredited
White Christmas1954"White Christmas", uncredited / performer: "Sisters", "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing", "Snow", "Mandy", "Choreography", "Abraham", "Gee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army" - uncredited
Call Me Madam1953performer: "It's a Lovely Day Today", "The Ocarina", "Something To Dance About", "Finale: You're Just In Love/Something to Dance About"
The Belle of New York1952performer: "Let a Little Love Come In", "Baby Doll", "Oops", "A Bride's Wedding Day Song Currier and Ives", "Naughty but Nice" - uncredited
Happy Go Lovely1951performer: "MacIntosh's Wedding", "One-Two-Three", "Would You - Could You?", "London Town" uncredited
Three Little Words1950performer: "Where Did You Get That Girl?", "Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home" uncredited, "Come on, Papa", "Nevertheless", "Thinking of You"
On the Town1949performer: "Miss Turnstiles", "A Day in New York", "Main Street" uncredited, "On the Town" uncredited
Love Happy1949performer: "Love Happy" 1949, "Willow Weep for Me" 1949
Words and Music1948performer: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
Carnival in Costa Rica1947"I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE" / performer: "I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE", "RUMBA BOMBA", "GUI-PI-PIA", "MI VIDA", "WEDDING DANCE"
Three Little Girls in Blue1946performer: "On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life", "I Like Mike" - uncredited
The Kid from Brooklyn1946performer: "Hey! What's Your Name?" 1946, "Josie" 1946
Wonder Man1945performer: "Bali Boogie" 1945, "So in Love" 1945

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Be Happy1957Jeannie MacLean
The Ford Television Theatre1957TV SeriesSally Baxter
Lux Video Theatre1954TV SeriesGuest
White Christmas1954Judy Haynes (as Vera Ellen)
Big Leaguer1953Christy
Call Me Madam1953Princess Maria
The Belle of New York1952Angela Bonfils
Happy Go Lovely1951Janet Jones
Three Little Words1950Jessie Brown Kalmar
On the Town1949Ivy Smith
Love Happy1949Maggie Phillips
Words and Music1948Vera-Ellen
Carnival in Costa Rica1947Luisa Molina
Three Little Girls in Blue1946Myra Charters
The Kid from Brooklyn1946Susie Sullivan
Wonder Man1945Midge Mallon

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956-1958TV SeriesHerself
Washington Square1957TV SeriesHerself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHerself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHerself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2002-2014TV Series documentaryHerself
A Life in Words and Music2007Video shortHerself
Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane2007Video documentary shortHerself
'White Christmas': A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney2000Video documentary shortJudy Haynes (uncredited)
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas1997TV Movie documentaryJudy Haynes (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'On the Town' (uncredited)
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
Highlight: The Singing Cinema1964
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 7083 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1[when she was ill in 1977 and interviewed in a tabloid] I'm retired. I stopped when I was ahead. I don't need my work anymore, and I don't need the applause.
2[on raising eyebrows on Oscar night 1958, wearing a form-fitting gold lame sheath] Why not? It's the way Oscar dresses.
3I'm a dancer and I can never really get away from my career. On the days when I don't dance at the studio, I have to practice for at least an hour in the evening to keep in shape. Dancing is like breathing -- missing a day doing either is very bad.
4The six boys who danced with me in this show escorted me to the depot and their farewell wish was to remember me dancing, so right there on the station platform we went into our routine as best we could under the circumstances. Naturally we attracted quite a crowd and we got so involved in our dancing, I almost missed the train but the boys managed to get me on just as the train pulled out.
5I don't remember if I liked [dancing] because I was good at it, or if I was good at it because I liked it. Maybe a little of both.
6I was called a bookish child. Mother sent me to a ballet teacher in Cincinnati when I was nine years old. I guess I was an awkward child and the family wanted me to be graceful. When I found out I liked to dance and people seemed to like to watch me, I was determined to go places.
7Fred Astaire will never say, though he's always asked, which of his dancing ladies was his favorite partner. If you ask me, he preferred the solo turns.

#Trademark
1Her kind smile
2Her legs

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