Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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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.
- Birth Details
- January 13, 1925
- Culver City, California, United States
- Death Details
- October 18, 2000
- Woodstock, Vermont
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.