Mitzi Gaynor

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Francesca Mitzi Gerber, 4 September 1930, Chicago, Illinois. USA. This vivacious and extremely talented actress, singer and dancer, reputedly of Hungarian descent, graced several good movie musicals in the 50s, and is probably best remembered as the girl who tried to "wash that man (Rossano Brazzi) right out of her hair" in South Pacific (1958). After taking ballet lessons from an early age, Gaynor danced with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera while in her early teens, and made a strong impression with Betty Grable and Dan Dailey in her first movie, My Blue Heaven (1950). This was followed by one or two straight parts, and a few musicals such as Golden Girl, Bloodhounds Of Broadway, Down Among The Sheltering Palms and The "I Don't Care" Girl (1953), which were not as satisfying. The situation improved as the 50s progressed and she had excellent roles in There's No Business Like Show Business, Anything Goes, The Birds And The Bees, The Joker Is Wild and Les Girls...

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