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Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon was born on January 13, 1925. She was an American actress and dancer.

Biography and Career

Gwen Verdon was born in Culver City, California. He was the second child of Gertrude Lilian and Joseph William Verdon who were British immigrants to the United States by way of Canada. Her brother was William Farrell Verdon. Her father was an electrician at MGM Studios, and her mother was a former vaudevillian of the Denishawn dance troupe, as well as a dance teacher.
In 1945, she appeared as a dancer in the movie musical The Blonde From Brooklyn.

After her divorce, she entrusted her son Jimmy to the care of her parents. Later Verdon found a job as assistant to choreographer Jack Cole, whose work was respected by both Broadway and Hollywood movie studios. During her five- year employment with Cole, she took small roles in movie musicals as a specialty dancer.

In 1953, she got her breakthrough role finally came when choreographer Michael Kidd cast her as the second female lead in Cole Porter's musical Can-Can. Verdon received a pay increase and her first Tony Award for her great performance in, Garden of Eden.

Verdon played Alora in the movie Walking Across Egypt released in 1999 and in 2000 appeared in the film Bruno.

Verdon received a total of four Tonys, for best supporting actress for Can-Can in 1953 and best leading actress for Damn Yankees in 1955, New Girl in Town in 1957 and Redhead in 1959, a murder-mystery musical. She also won a Grammy Award for the cast recording of Redhead. In 1998, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Verdon had two husbands, tabloid reporter James Henaghan and Bob Fosse. He died in her sleep in 2000 of a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Nicole.

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Birth Name: Gwenyth Evelyn Verdon
Birth: January 13, 1925

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We like her because of her acting as a Hollywood actress.

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She is famous because of her great work as an actress.

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David and Bathsheba
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Meet Me After the Show
On the Riviera
The Farmer Takes a Wife
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The Mississippi Gambler
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
Damn Yankees!
Cocoon: The Return
Paris Is Burning
Walking Across Egypt
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Beyonce Fosse - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On and Walk It Out)


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Category: Actresses  - ( Actresses Archive)

Date Added: 25 March '10

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