Joan McCracken

Actress + Dancer
Born Dec 31, 1917

Joan McCracken was an American dancer, actress, and comedian who became famous for her role as Silvie ("The Girl Who Falls Down") in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma!. By age 11, she was studying dance with Catherine Littlefield. She dropped out of high school to join Littlefield's ballet company. She was a student of George Balanchine in the first year of the School of American Ballet (SAB).… Read More

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1917 Birth Born in 1917.


1947 30 Years Old She made a strong impression on the 1947 version of the movie Good News in the role of vivacious Babe Doolittle. … Read More
1951 34 Years Old She was married to Jack Dunphy, whom she divorced on March 6, 1951, and then to dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse from December 1952 to 1959. … Read More


1961 44 Years Old She died in her sleep, of a heart attack, in 1961 on Fire Island, New York, aged 43.
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