Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon, 13 January 1925, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 18 October 2000, Woodstock, Vermont, USA. A vivacious, red-headed dancer, actress and singer, Verdon could be funny or tender, sassy or seductive, depending on the music and the mood. She studied dancing with Ernest Belcher from an early age, but initially followed her first husband into journalism, reviewing films and nightclub acts. After assisting the notable choreographer Jack Cole on Magdalena (1948), Verdon made her first appearance on Broadway two years later in Alive And Kicking. However, it was Cole Porters Can-Can that made her a star in 1953. Her thrilling performance as the (very) high-kicking Claudine gained her a Tony Award, and she won another two years later for her portrayal of the bewitching Lola in Damn Yankees (Two Lost Souls, Whatever Lola Wants, Whos Got The Pain?), a show that was brilliantly choreographed by...
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