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Also Known As: Ann H Reinking Died:
Born: November 10, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA Profession: dancer, actor, choreographer, director

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A wildly talented actress-choreographer-dancer, Ann Reinking was a ballet-trained chorus girl in New York City when she crossed paths with Bob Fosse. Becoming his protégée and paramour, Reinking conquered Broadway with a string of roles in everything from "Goodtime Charley," "Dancin'," "A Chorus Line" and "Over Here!" She made headlines by replacing Fosse's wife Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in 1977, and, nearly 20 years later, won a Tony for reimagining and choreographing a revival of that same show, which took the world by storm. Best known to mainstream audiences as the twinkle-toed Grace Farrell, secretary and would-be girlfriend to Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney) in the musical "Annie" (1982), she also starred opposite Dudley Moore in "Micki + Maude" (1984) and choreographed the TV movie "Bye Bye Birdie" (ABC, 1995), but segued gracefully into an award-winning career as a Broadway choreographer and director. Dedicated to promoting the legacy of Fosse and of all things Broadway and dance, Ann Reinking became one of the most famous modern legends of the Great White Way.

A wildly talented actress-choreographer-dancer, Ann Reinking was a ballet-trained chorus girl in New York City when she crossed paths with Bob Fosse. Becoming his protégée and paramour, Reinking conquered Broadway with a string of roles in everything from "Goodtime Charley," "Dancin'," "A Chorus Line" and "Over Here!" She made headlines by replacing Fosse's wife Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in 1977, and, nearly 20 years later, won a Tony for reimagining and choreographing a revival of that same show, which took the world by storm. Best known to mainstream audiences as the twinkle-toed Grace Farrell, secretary and would-be girlfriend to Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney) in the musical "Annie" (1982), she also starred opposite Dudley Moore in "Micki + Maude" (1984) and choreographed the TV movie "Bye Bye Birdie" (ABC, 1995), but segued gracefully into an award-winning career as a Broadway choreographer and director. Dedicated to promoting the legacy of Fosse and of all things Broadway and dance, Ann Reinking became one of the most famous modern legends of the Great White Way.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  From Broadway: Fosse (2002) Stage Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Micki & Maude (1984) Micki Salinger
3.
 Annie (1982) Grace
4.
 All That Jazz (1979) Kate Jagger
5.
 Movie Movie (1978) "Troubles" Moran ("Dynamite Hands")
6.
 57th Annual Tony Awards, The (2003) Presenter
7.
8.
 Intimate Portrait: Jasmine Guy (2001) Interviewee
9.
 Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence (2000) Interviewee
10.
 Bob Fosse: Dancing on the Edge (1999) Interviewee
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Trained with the San Francisco Ballet Company
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Moved to New York at age 16 with scholarship to study with the Joffrey Ballet
1969:
Made Broadway debut in "Cabaret"
1972:
First collaboration with Bob Fosse, appeared in the chorus of "Pippin"
1974:
Breakthrough stage role in "Over Here!"
1975:
Earned first Tony nomination for leading role of Joan of Arc in the musical "Goodtime Charley"; co-starred opposite Joel Grey
1976:
Succeded Donna McKechnie as Cassie in "A Chorus Line" on Broadway
1977:
Replaced Gwen Verdon in Broadway cast of "Chicago"
1979:
Made film debut in "Movie Movie"
1978:
Had featured role in "Dancin'", Bob Fosse's dance anthology; earned second Tony nomination
1979:
Played featured role of Joe Gideon's girlfriend in Fosse's feature "All That Jazz"
1982:
Guested on "Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway" TV special (NBC)
1982:
Co-starred as Grace, Warbucks' secretary, in John Huston's film version of the musical "Annie"
1984:
Headlined her own stage show, "Ann Reinking ... Music Loves Me"
1984:
Starred with Amy Irving and Dudley Moore in "Micki and Maude"
1986:
Final stage collaboration with Fosse, succeding Debbie Allen in the lead of the revival of "Sweet Charity"
1992:
Served as host of "A&E Stage"
1995:
Choreographed "Bye Bye Birdie" for TV (ABC)
1997:
Returned to Broadway as star and choreographer of revival of "Chicago"; won Tony for her choreography
1999:
Co-choreographed and co-directed the stage tribute "Fosse", featuring recreations of dances created by Bob Fosse
2001:
Joined cast of "Fosse" for one month run (March-April)
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Notes

Reinking established and runs The Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida, a summer program for high school and college students.

"[Bob Fosse] lived to wake people up, to make them really live. He taught me how hard you have to work to do that. . . . Bob taught me extraordinary discipline and love. But I wanted to have a baby, and he had already done that." --Ann Reinking in THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 10, 1996

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companion:
Bob Fosse. Director, choreographer. Together from 1973 until 1979.
husband:
Herbert Allen. Investment banker. Married in 1981; divorced in 1989.
husband:
James Stuart. Businessman. Married in 1989; divorced in 1991; father of Reinking's son.
husband:
Peter Talbert. Sportswriter. Son of tennis champion Bill Talbert; married in 1994.
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father:
Walton F Reinking.
mother:
Frances Reinking. Died December 7, 1996.
son:
Christopher Reinking Stuart. Born in 1990; father, James Stuart; diagnosed as developmentally disabled.

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