Verdon, Gwen

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Name
Verdon, Gwen Gender: F
Gwenyth Evelyn Verdon
born on 13 January 1925 at 09:57 (= 09:57 AM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°04' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 03°05 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 20°18'



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Gwen Verdon
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Biography

American dancer, a Tony-award winning performer, who took lessons at age two to strengthen her crippled legs. As an infant, her legs were so badly bent that medical advisors recommended they be broken and reset. Her mother refused, put her in corrective shoes, and started her on dance lessons. She had a first recital at age four, and was in her first theater show at six.

Verdon’s parents were British, with her father a former gardener and her mother a vaudeville dancer. They had immigrated, via Canada, to California where her father became a stage electrician for MGM studios. Verdon attended public elementary and high schools in Los Angeles. During childhood, she wore corrective boots designed to support her legs. After taking dancing lessons, Gwen appeared with her mother in a dance recital in Los Angeles, and at six was billed as "the world’s fastest tapper" at local theaters. When she became a teenager, she modeled for bathing suit pictures, and danced in chorus lines in night clubs. She also appeared in a revival of "Showboat" in Los Angeles, and was a pro before she ever studied ballet.

In her early 20s, she went to work as an assistant to a dance director, had a few small parts, but mostly worked behind the scenes, teaching and directing. In 1953, she tried out for the Broadway show "Can-Can." She got the part and won a Tony award for her work. In 1955-1956, she appeared on Broadway as Lola in "Damn Yankees" and won her second Tony. She appeared in movies, plays and more television performances and a long list of hit musical comedies.

Verdon married Hollywood writer James Henaghan in 1942. They had a son, James, and divorced five years later. She married Bob Fosse in April 1960 and they had a daughter. They were legally separated in 1976. Her hobbies include making cabinets, refinishing old furniture, painting and sculpturing.

Verdon died of a heart attack on18 October 2000 in Woodstock, VT.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • spouse relationship with Fosse, Bob (born 23 June 1927)

Events

  • Relationship : Marriage 1942 (James Henaghan)
  • Work : Prize 1951 (Tony Award)
  • Work : Prize 1956 (Tony Award)
  • Death of Mate 23 September 1987 in Washington (Bob Fosse, heart attack, age 60)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 18 October 2000 in Woodstock (Age 75)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons (Same Contemporary American Horoscopes, Gauquelin Book of American Charts)

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Fosse 15 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Bob Fosse)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Son and daughter)
  • Personal : Birth : Defects, Handicaps (Crippled legs)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut at four)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater, dancing medium)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Modern dance)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Secondary)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (Four)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women

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