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Gwen Verdon

Date of Death: October 17, 2000 (75)

Birth Place: Culver City, CA, USA

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Gwen Verdon BIO

Gwen Verdon was an American dancer and actress of stage and screen. While she originated many roles in musicals, she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director–choreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the muse/collaborator for whom he choreographed much of his work.


Verdon starred in the original productions of Chicago (1975), Sweet Charity (1966), Damn Yankees (1956), and Can-Can (1953). Films include Marvin's Room (1966), Cocoon (1985), and Damn Yankees (1958). Verdon won 4 Tony Awards throughout her lifetime and was nominated for 2 others.

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Gwen Verdon STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

[Broadway]
1972
Helen Giles

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Charity Hope Valentine

Charity

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Essie Whimple

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Anna

Anna

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Lola

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Claudine

Eve

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
"I Didn't Want Him" Dancer

"Love It Hurts So Good" Dancer

"One Two Three" Dancer

"Propinquity" Dancer

"Cole Scuttle Blues" Dancer

Abou's Wife

[Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1947
Performer

[Los Angeles]
LACLO Production, 1940
Performer

Gwen Verdon Productions

 
[Broadway, 1986]
Assistant to Mr. Fosse
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Assistant Choreographer

Gwen Verdon Movies

The Mississippi Gambler
[ 1953 ] choreographer
Damn Yankees
[ 1958 ] Lola
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
[ 1978 ] Our Guests at Heartland
The Cotton Club
[ 1984 ] Tish Dwyer
Cocoon
[ 1985 ] Bess McCarthy
Nadine
[ 1987 ] Vera
Cocoon: The Return
[ 1988 ] Bess McCarthy
Alice
[ 1990 ] Alice's Mother
Marvin's Room
[ 1996 ] Ruth
Walking Across Egypt
[ 1999 ] Alora
Bruno
[ 2000 ] Mrs. Drago

Gwen Verdon TV Shows

Magnum, P.I.
Katherine Peterson
Walker, Texas Ranger
Maisie Whitman
Webster
Aunt Charlotte

Gwen Verdon Awards and Nominations


winner
Drama League Awards - 1999 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre

Gwen Verdon

Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon , Chicago


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1966 - Best Performance

Gwen Verdon, Sweet Charity

Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, Sweet Charity


winner
Tony Awards - 1959 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, Redhead


winner
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, New Girl In Town

Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, New Girl In Town


winner
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, Damn Yankees


winner
Tony Awards - 1954 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Gwen Verdon, Can-Can


winner
Theatre World Awards - 1953 - Performance

Gwen Verdon, Can-Can

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Gwen Verdon News


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Gwen Verdon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Gwen Verdon been in?

Gwen Verdon has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Gwen Verdon been in?

Gwen Verdon has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Gwen Verdon been nominated for?

Gwen Verdon has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. These include the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre from the Drama League Awards, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for both "Chicago" and "Sweet Charity," Best Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Sweet Charity," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Redhead," "New Girl In Town," and "Damn Yankees," Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Can-Can," and a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for "Can-Can."

What awards has Gwen Verdon won?

Gwen Verdon has won several awards throughout her career in musical theatre. She received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre award from the Drama League Awards. She also won the Best Performance award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in Sweet Charity. At the Tony Awards, Verdon won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her performances in Redhead, New Girl In Town, and Damn Yankees. Additionally, she won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Tony Award for Can-Can. Verdon's talent was recognized with a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for her work in Can-Can.

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