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Birth information

13 January 1925 Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

18 October 2000 Woodstock, Vermont, USA

Given Name

Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon

Nickname

Gwennie
The Superior Posterior

How tall is Gwen Verdon?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Bob Fosse
James Henaghan

Life Story of Gwen Verdon

Born Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon in Culver City, California to British emigrant parents, Joseph William Verdon (1896-1978) and Gertrude Lillian Verdon (nee Standring; 1896-1956), she had one brother, William Farrell Vernon (1922-1991). Her father was an electrician at MGM and Gertrude was a former dancer and vaudeville veteran. When she was a child, young Gwen was afflicted with rickets, a disease that left her legs so badly misshapen that she was called "Gimpy" by other children and had to wear orthopedic boots and stiff braces. Gertrude Verdon placed her daughter in dance classes at the age of 3 in hopes of strengthening her legs and improving her carriage. By six years of age, the little girl was studying many dance forms (ballroom, Balinese, tap, jazz, juggling, flamenco) with Clara Reid.

She attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where she was cast in a revival of "Show Boat". However, she shocked her parents and instructors by abandoning her budding career to elope with a tabloid reporter, James Heneghan. The marriage lasted five years and produced a son, Jim Henaghan, who was entrusted to the care of his maternal grandparents. Verdon went back to work in 1948...

Significant features of Gwen Verdon

Flaming red hair
Throaty, grainy, yet girlish singing voice

Biographical movies about Gwen Verdon

Fosse/Verdon 2019

What movies did Gwen Verdon play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bruno (2000) Mrs. Drago, Walking Across Egypt (1999) Alora, Walker, Texas Ranger (1999) Maisie Whitman, Promised Land (1998) Karen Hatcher, Best Friends for Life (1998) Edith Cooper, Touched by an Angel (1997) Lorraine McCully, Marvin's Room (1996) Ruth, In Cold Blood (1996) Sadie Truitt, The Cosby Mysteries (1994) Yolanda, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994) Etta Pell, Old Folks Home Resident, Key West (1993) Sister Grace, Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) Jessie Doohen, Dream On (1992) Kitty Brewer, Alice (1990) Alice's Mother, Dear John (1989)...

Birth information

13 January 1925 Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

18 October 2000 Woodstock, Vermont, USA

Given Name

Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon

Nickname

Gwennie
The Superior Posterior

How tall is Gwen Verdon?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Bob Fosse
James Henaghan

Life Story of Gwen Verdon

Born Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon in Culver City, California to British emigrant parents, Joseph William Verdon (1896-1978) and Gertrude Lillian Verdon (nee Standring; 1896-1956), she had one brother, William Farrell Vernon (1922-1991). Her father was an electrician at MGM and Gertrude was a former dancer and vaudeville veteran. When she was a child, young Gwen was afflicted with rickets, a disease that left her legs so badly misshapen that she was called "Gimpy" by other children and had to wear orthopedic boots and stiff braces. Gertrude Verdon placed her daughter in dance classes at the age of 3 in hopes of strengthening her legs and improving her carriage. By six years of age, the little girl was studying many dance forms (ballroom, Balinese, tap, jazz, juggling, flamenco) with Clara Reid.

She attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where she was cast in a revival of "Show Boat". However, she shocked her parents and instructors by abandoning her budding career to elope with a tabloid reporter, James Heneghan. The marriage lasted five years and produced a son, Jim Henaghan, who was entrusted to the care of his maternal grandparents. Verdon went back to work in 1948...

Significant features of Gwen Verdon

Flaming red hair
Throaty, grainy, yet girlish singing voice

Biographical movies about Gwen Verdon

Fosse/Verdon 2019

What movies did Gwen Verdon play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bruno (2000) Mrs. Drago, Walking Across Egypt (1999) Alora, Walker, Texas Ranger (1999) Maisie Whitman, Promised Land (1998) Karen Hatcher, Best Friends for Life (1998) Edith Cooper, Touched by an Angel (1997) Lorraine McCully, Marvin's Room (1996) Ruth, In Cold Blood (1996) Sadie Truitt, The Cosby Mysteries (1994) Yolanda, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994) Etta Pell, Old Folks Home Resident, Key West (1993) Sister Grace, Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) Jessie Doohen, Dream On (1992) Kitty Brewer, Alice (1990) Alice's Mother, Dear John (1989)...

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Gwen Verdon in David und Bathseba (1951)

Taught Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe to dance.

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Jessica Tandy and Gwen Verdon in Cocoon II - Die Rückkehr (1988)

Mother of Nicole Fosse (b. 1963)

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Jessica Tandy, Maureen Stapleton, and Gwen Verdon in Cocoon II - Die Rückkehr (1988)

Mother of Jim Henaghan (b. 1943).

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Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and Gwen Verdon in Cocoon II - Die Rückkehr (1988)

First married at the age of 17 (to a tabloid reporter).

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Ron Howard, Steve Guttenberg, Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Tahnee Welch, Mike Nomad, etc.

Dance teacher in Culver City was Clara Reid.

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Steve Guttenberg, Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Tahnee Welch, etc.

Although uncredited, Gwen was assistant choreographer in the film version of Sweet Charity (1969), starring Shirley MacLaine.

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