Gwen VerdonActor / Dancer
Born: 13 January 1925
Died: 18 October 2000 (Natural causes)
Birthplace: Culver City, California
Best known as: The original Lola in Broadway's Damn Yankees
Gwen Verdon was considered Broadway's best dancer in the 1950s and '60s. Known especially for her impudent verve and flaming red hair, Verdon won four Tony awards during the 1950s and was nominated twice more after that. Among her best-known roles were the seductive Lola in Damn Yankees
(1955) and the title role in Sweet Charity
(1966). Verdon had a lengthy, stormy marriage to director and choreographer Bob Fosse
; their relationship was depicted in part in his movie All That Jazz
(1979). Her last major Broadway role was that of Roxie Hart in Fosse's 1975 musical Chicago
. In later years Verdon had roles in various movies and made guest appearances on many TV series.
Chicago was revived on Broadway the 1990s, and Roxie was then played by Renee Zellweger in the Oscar-winning 2002 film version.
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