Saturday, January 30, 2010

What 100 Stars Want in 1956 - Marge and Gower Champion

Marge (born September 2, 1919) & Gower Champion (June 22, 1921 - August 25, 1980) were a husband and wife dance team who worked in mainly MGM musicals. They were married from October 5, 1947 until 1973. In 1957 they had a t.v. show where they played themselves, a dancer and a choreographer. Some trivia:
  • Marge Champion is the stepmother to actress Katey Sagal (Most famous for her role in Married With Children)
  • Marge Champion was the model for Snow White from Disney's Snow White in the Seven Dwarfs (for which she earned $10 a day), the Blue Fairy in Pinnochio, and Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia.
  • Gower Champion had 15 Tony Award nominations, he won 8 - the most of any choreographer

Marge and Gower's 1956 wishes:

1. We find being 24-hour-a-day partners just wonderful. We want the same for 1956.

2. If all goes well, we'll have our own independent motion picture and TV company by '56 (which they did)

3. We'd like to create a real interest in dancing among the young people, particularly the teen-agers. It's our answer to juvenile delinquency.

I'm not sure kids these days would have any interest in the kind of classic dancing the Champions championed (sorry :) to stop juvenile delinquency. Couldn't hurt to try, though.

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