Gwen Verdon Biography (1925-2000)

Born Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon, January 13, 1925, in Culver City, CA; daughter ofJoseph William (an electrician) and Gertrude (a dance teacher; maiden name,Standring) Verdon; married James Henaghan (a reporter), 1942 (divorced, June,1947); married Robert "Bob" Louis Fosse (a choreographer and director), April 3, 1960 (divorced); children: (first marriage) James O'Farrell; (second marriage) Nicole. Addresses: Agent--International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager--Shapiro and Lobel, 111 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018-2506.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Birth Details
January 13, 1925
Culver City, California, United States
Death Details
October 18, 2000
Woodstock, Vermont

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Gambling dancer, Bonanza Bound, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1947.
  • Dancer, Alive and Kicking Revue, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1950.
  • Claudine, Can-Can, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1953.
  • Anna Christie, New Girl in Town, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • Lola, Damn Yankees, 46th Street Theatre, 1957.
  • Essie Whimpole, Redhead, 46th Street Theatre, 1959.
  • Charity Hope Valentine, Sweet Charity, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Helen Giles, Children! Children!, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1972.
  • Milliken's Breakfast Show Revue, Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, 1973.
  • Lola, Damn Yankees, Westbury Music Fair, Long Island, NY, 1974.
  • Roxie Hart, Chicago, 46th Street Theatre, 1975.
  • Credits; Major Tours
  • Essie Whimpole, Redhead, U.S. cities, 1960.
  • Credits; Stage Work
  • Assistant choreographer, Magdalena, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1948.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Specialty dancer, On the Riviera, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Dancer, Meet Me after the Show, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Specialty dancer, David and Bathsheba, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Girl in commercial, Dreamboat, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Specialty dancer, The Merry Widow, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952.
  • Voodoo dancer, The Mississippi Gambler, Universal, 1953.
  • Specialty dancer, The I Don't Care Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
  • Abigail, The Farmer Takes a Wife, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
  • Specialty dancer, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, 1955.
  • Lola, Damn Yankees (also known as What Lola Wants), Warner Bros., 1958.
  • Tish Dwyer, The Cotton Club, Orion, 1984.
  • Bess McCarthy, Cocoon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
  • Vera, Nadine, TriStar, 1987.
  • Bess McCarthy, Cocoon: The Return, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988.
  • Alice's mother, Alice, Orion, 1990.
  • Ruth, Marvin's Room, Miramax, 1996.
  • Credits; Film Work
  • Choreographer, The Mississippi Gambler, Universal, 1953.
  • Special music and dance coordinator, Cocoon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Judith Sawyer, All My Children, ABC, 1982.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Legs, ABC, 1983.
  • Bag lady, The Jerk, Too, NBC, 1984.
  • Edith, Best Friends for Life, CBS, 1998.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, 1985.
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, 1987.
  • The 43rd Annual Tony Awards, 1989.
  • Wolf Trap Salutes Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration, PBS, 1990.
  • "Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret," American Masters, PBS,1990.
  • Narration, "Bob Fosse: Steam Heat," Great Performances, PBS, 1990.
  • The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show II, CBS, 1991.
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, 1994.
  • "The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle," Great Performances, PBS, 1997.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • Etta Pell, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, CBS, 1994.
  • Sadie Truitt, In Cold Blood, CBS, 1996.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Pilots
  • Community Center, 1984.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • "Native Dance," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1954.
  • Brandy Doyle, "That's Show Biz," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1981.
  • Melinda MacNeil, "Come One, Come All," Fame, NBC, 1982.
  • "Going Home," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1985.
  • "Unnatural Causes," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.
  • "Forty," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1986.
  • Bonita Harrell, "I Can't Say No," All Is Forgiven, NBC, 1986.
  • "Resolutions: Part 1," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1987.
  • "Resolutions: Part 2," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1987.
  • "Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1987.
  • Kitty Brewer, "For Peter's Sake," Dream On, HBO, 1992.
  • Jessie Doohen, " A Ghost of a Chance," Homicide: Life on the Street (alsoknown as Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1993.
  • Yolanda, "Self Defense," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994.
  • Lorraine, Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996.
  • Maisie, Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1997.

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