Born Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon on January 13, 1925, in Culver City, CA, she began tap dancing in theater as a small child. Cole Porter hired her for the 1950 Broadway musical Alive and Kicking. In 1953, she appeared in Porter's Can Can. The role brought Verdon a Tony Award. Teaming with Bob Fosse, she starred in the hit musical Damn Yankees, which opened in spring 1955 and earned her a second Tony. Another Fosse play, Redhead helped score Verdon a third Tony. She can be heard on some of the play's soundtracks issued: Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Chicago, Redhead, Broadway Broads: There's Nothin Like a Dame, Celebrate Broadway,Vol. 10: The Best Musicals, Broadway Super Hits, Vol. 2, New Girl in Town, Broadway Sings the Blues: Party's Over, and Broadway's Fair Ladies. She can be seen in the movies [RoviLink="VW"]Cocoon and [RoviLink="VW"]The Jerk, Too. At the age of 75, Gwen Verdon died in New York on October 18, 2000. ~ Ed HoganPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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