Bob Fosse

Choreographer + Director + Screenwriter
Born Jun 23, 1927

Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse was an American actor, dancer, musical theater choreographer, director, screenwriter, film editor and film director. He won an unprecedented eight Tony Awards for choreography, as well as one for direction. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning for his direction of Cabaret. He was closely identified with his third wife, Broadway dancing star Gwen Verdon.… Read More

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1927 Birth Fosse was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 1927, to a Norwegian American father, Cyril K. Fosse, and Irish-born mother, Sara Alice Fosse (née Stanton), the second youngest of six. … Read More


1949 22 Years Old Fosse was first married from 1949 to 1951 to dance partner Mary Ann Niles (1923–1987).
1950 23 Years Old Fosse and Niles were regular performers on Your Hit Parade during its 1950-51 season, and during this season Martin and Lewis caught their act in New York's Pierre Hotel and scheduled them to appear on the Colgate Comedy Hour.
1952 25 Years Old After his first divorce, he remarried in 1952 to dancer Joan McCracken; this marriage lasted until 1959, when it, too, ended in divorce. … Read More
1953 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Fosse was signed to a MGM contract in 1953.
1954 27 Years Old Although Fosse's acting career in film was cut short by typecasting, he was reluctant to move from Hollywood to theatre. Nevertheless, he made the move, and in 1954, he choreographed his first musical, The Pajama Game, followed by George Abbott's Damn Yankees in 1955. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old Verdon won her first Tony Award for Best Actress in Damn Yankees (she had won previously for best supporting actress in Can-Can). (Fosse appears in the film version of Damn Yankees, which he also choreographed, in which Verdon reprises her stage triumph as "Lola"; they partner each other in the mambo number, "Who's Got the Pain".) In 1957 Fosse choreographed New Girl in Town, also directed by Abbott, and Verdon won her second Leading Actress Tony. … Read More
1960 33 Years Old In 1960, Fosse was, for the first time, both director and choreographer of a musical called simply Redhead. … Read More
1961 34 Years Old Although he was replaced as the director/choreographer for the short-lived 1961 musical The Conquering Hero, he quickly took on the job of choreographer of the 1961 musical hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which starred Robert Morse.


1969 42 Years Old Fosse directed five feature films. His first, Sweet Charity in 1969, starring Shirley MacLaine, is an adaptation of the Broadway musical he had directed and choreographed. … Read More
1974 47 Years Old Fosse went on to direct Lenny in 1974, a biopic of comic Lenny Bruce starring Dustin Hoffman. … Read More


1979 52 Years Old In 1979, Fosse co-wrote and directed a semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz, which portrayed the life of a womanizing, drug-addicted choreographer-director in the midst of triumph and failure. … Read More
1980 53 Years Old In the summer and fall of 1980, working with All That Jazz executive producer Daniel Melnick, He commissioned documentary research for a follow-up feature having to do with the motivations that compel people to become performers, but he found the results uninspiring and abandoned the project. … Read More
1983 56 Years Old His final film, 1983's Star 80, was a controversial biopic about slain Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old In 1986 he directed, wrote, and choreographed the Broadway production of Big Deal. … Read More


1987 60 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 23, 1987, Fosse died from a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, while the revival of Sweet Charity was opening at the nearby National Theatre. … Read More
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