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Also Known As: Died: August 25, 1980
Born: June 21, 1921 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Geneva, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1935:
Formed dancing duo with Jeanne Tyler, quit school to tour
1939:
First Broadway show, "Streets of Paris"
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Served in WWII
1945:
Formed "Gower and Bell" dance team with junior high school friend Marjorie Belcher
1946:
Performed in the MGM musical feature biopic, "Till the Clouds Roll By"
1948:
Debut as stage and television director
1949:
With Marge Champion on "Admiral Broadway Revue"
1950:
First prominent screen roles for "Marge and Gower Champion" in "Mr. Music"
1951:
The Champions co-star in "Show Boat"
1952:
Marge and Gower Champion featured in MGM musical vehicle, "Everything I Have Is Yours"
1955:
Last MGM musical, "Jupiter's Darling"
1957:
Starred in "The Marge & Gower Champion Show"
1963:
Film directing debut, "My Six Loves"
1964:
Directed the smash Broadway musical hit, "Hello, Dolly!"
1977:
Played exercise instructor in NBC TV movie, "Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress"
1980:
Directed last Broadway show "42nd Street"; died afternoon of opening

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