FORA.tv Speaker - Marge Champion
Marge began her dance career with Walt Disney as the live action model for Snow White, the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and the Hippopotamus Ballerina in Fantasia. Marge and Gower Champion were legendary in the 50s for their dancing in nightclubs, MGM musicals and on television. They staged the dances for the Broadway musical revues Lend an Ear and Make a Wish. Their film appearances included Mr. Music with Bing Crosby, Show Boat, Lovely to Look At, Three for the Show and That's Entertainment, Part II, and on the television shows Toast of the Town, The Dinah Shore Show and The Marge and Gower Champion Show. Ms. Champion was also the choreographer for Whose Life is it Anyway?, The Day of the Locust, and Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, for which she received an Emmy Award.
Marge appeared with Donald Saddler in the 2001 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. They also performed a show-stopping duet at Carnegie Hall Celebrates the Glorious MGM Musicals. In 2007 Marge was honored with the Disney Legends Award and appeared in a collection of essays by New York Times columnist Dan Barry entitled City Lights as well as 80: Our Most Famous Eighty Year Olds Reveal Why They Never Felt So Young! She was featured in The Dancer Within: Intimate Conversations with Great Dancers by photographer Rose Eichenbaum and Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation by Mindy Aloff.
Most recently, a short documentary by Gregory Vander Veer entitled Keep Dancing about nonagenarians Marge Champion and Donald Saddler has received screenings at many film festivals world-wide.
08.28.10 | 00:34:49 min
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