Gender
Female
Born
Jan 13, 1925
Culver City, California, USA
Died
Oct 18, 2000
Woodstock, Vermont, USA
Performer Choreographer Creative Consultant Director Assistant Artistic Staff
Relations
Wife of
James Henaghan (1942 - 1947) divorced
Wife of
Bob Fosse (1960 - September 23, 1987) his death
Mother of
Nicole Fosse
Mother of
Jimmy Henaghan
Comments
Biography: Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon was born on January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California to Gertrude Lilian and Joseph William Verdon. She originated the role of Roxie in Chicago. She married James Henaghan, with whom she had her son Jimmy. She then married choreographer Bob Fosse, with whom she had her daughter Nicole.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Singin' in the Rain," "Cocoon," "Marvin's Room," "The Cotton Club," "Sweet Charity," "Dreamboat," "Alice," "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes," "Damn Yankees!," and "David and Bathsheba." Television credits include: "M*A*S*H," "Magnum, P.I.," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Touched by an Angel," "All My Children," "The Equalizer," The Carol Burnett Show," and "Webster."

Other Awards: Awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998.

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on October 18, 2000.
Fosse (Jan 14, 1999 - Aug 25, 2001)
  • Artistic Advisor: Gwen Verdon
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
The Tenth Man (Dec 10, 1989 - Jan 14, 1990)
  • Dance Consultant: Gwen Verdon
PlayRevival
Sweet Charity (Apr 27, 1986 - Mar 15, 1987)
  • Assistant to Mr. Fosse: Gwen Verdon
MusicalComedyRevival
Chicago (Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon [Roxie Hart]
  • Performer: Gwen Verdon
    • Roxie Hart - Replacement (Sep 15, 1975 - ?)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Children! Children! (Mar 07, 1972 - Mar 07, 1972)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon [Helen Giles]
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Sweet Charity (Jan 29, 1966 - Jul 15, 1967)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon
    • Charity - (Jan 18, 1966 - Jun 1967)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Redhead (Feb 05, 1959 - Mar 19, 1960)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon [Essie Whimple]
MusicalComedyOriginal
New Girl in Town (May 14, 1957 - May 24, 1958)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon [Anna]
MusicalOriginal
Damn Yankees (May 05, 1955 - Oct 12, 1957)
  • Starring: Gwen Verdon
    • Lola - (May 05, 1955 - Nov 24, 1956)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Can-Can (May 07, 1953 - Jun 25, 1955)
  • Also Starring: Gwen Verdon [Claudine, Eve]
MusicalComedyOriginal
Alive and Kicking (Jan 17, 1950 - Feb 25, 1950)
  • Performer: Gwen Verdon ["I Didn't Want Him" Dancer, Abou's Wife, "Love It Hurts So Good" Dancer, "Propinquity" Dancer, "One Two Three" Dancer, "Cole Scuttle Blues" Dancer]
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Magdalena (Sep 20, 1948 - Dec 04, 1948)
  • Assistant Choreographed by Gwen Verdon
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Fosse (Sep 14, 1999 - Feb 17, 2002)
  • Artistic Advisor: Gwen Verdon
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Dancin' (Apr 16, 1979 - May 18, 1980)
  • Production Supervised by Gwen Verdon
MusicalRevueOriginal
Chicago (Sep 12, 1977 - Aug 05, 1978)
  • Also Starring: Gwen Verdon
    • Roxie Hart - Replacement (Apr 04, 1978 - Aug 05, 1978)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott! (Jun 22, 1987 - Jun 22, 1987)
  • Performer: Gwen Verdon [Performer]
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Tony Award®

 

Best Actress in a Musical

1976 | Nominee  | Chicago
Starring: Gwen Verdon
 

Best Actress in a Musical

1966 | Nominee  | Sweet Charity
Starring: Gwen Verdon

Best Actress in a Musical

1959 | Winner  | Redhead
Starring: Gwen Verdon

Best Actress in a Musical

1958 | Winner  | New Girl in Town
Starring: Gwen Verdon

Best Actress in a Musical

1956 | Winner  | Damn Yankees
Starring: Gwen Verdon

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1954 | Winner  | Can-Can
Also Starring: Gwen Verdon

Theatre World

Award

1953 | Recipient  | Can-Can
Also Starring: Gwen Verdon

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