Gwen Verdon

Born Jan 13, 1925
Died Oct 18, 2000
Other Names Gwenyth Evelyn Ve...

Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon was an actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances. With flaming red hair and an endearing quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed dancer on Broadway in the 1950s and 1960s.… Read More

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  • Joseph William Verdon
    Joseph William Verdon
  • Gertrude Lilian Standring
    Gertrude Lilian Standring


  • William Farrell Verdon
    William Farrell Verdon


  • Nicole Fosse
    Nicole Fosse
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  • Jim Henaghan
    Jim Henaghan

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1925 Birth Born on January 13, 1925.


1942 17 Years Old Verdon shocked her parents and instructors when she abandoned her budding career aged 17 to elope with reporter James Henaghan in 1942.


1945 20 Years Old In 1945, she appeared as a dancer in the movie musical The Blonde From Brooklyn. … Read More


1958 33 Years Old …  Vernon won another Tony and went to Hollywood to repeat her role in the 1958 movie version Damn Yankees, memorably singing "whatever Lola wants, Lola gets". (Fosse can be seen partnered deliciously with her in the original mambo duet "Who's Got the Pain".) … Read More
1960 35 Years Old In 1960, Fosse and Verdon wed.


1966 41 Years Old In 1966, Verdon returned to the stage in the role of Charity in Sweet Charity, which like many of her earlier Broadway triumphs was choreographed and directed by husband Fosse. … Read More
1971 46 Years Old …  Fosse's extramarital affairs put a strain on their marriage and by 1971 they were separated. … Read More


1997 72 Years Old In 1997 Verdon appeared in an episode of Walker Texas Ranger as Maisie Whitman.
1999 74 Years Old She later reprised the role in 1999.
2000 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Verdon played Alora in the movie Walking Across Egypt (1999) and appeared in the film Bruno, released in 2000.
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