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Also Known As: Died: September 23, 1987
Born: June 23, 1927 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Dance ...
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Danced in vaudeville and burlesque as an adolescent in his native Chicago
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As a sailor during World War II, performed in variety shows put together by Joseph Papp
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After WWII formed a dance act with first wife Mary Ann Niles
1946:
Moved to NYC
1948:
Stage debut in chorus of national touring company of "Call Me Mister"
1949:
Broadway debut in revue, "Dance Me a Song"; met future second wife Joan McCracken
1952:
Moved to Hollywood
1953:
Signed MGM contract and appeared in "Give a Girl a Break", "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis" and "Kiss Me Kate"
1953:
Choreographed onscreen dance for himself and Carol Haney in "From This Moment On" number in "Kiss Me Kate"
1954:
First Broadway play as choreographer, "The Pajama Game"; received first Tony Award
1955:
First film as choreographer, "My Sister Eileen"; also acted
1957:
Choreographed "New Girl in Town", a musical adaptation of "Anna Christie", starring third wife Gwen Verdon
1959:
Made Broadway musical directing debut with "Redhead", starring Gwen Verdon and Richard Kiley
1962:
Directed "Little Me"; first collaboration with Neil Simon as book writer
1964:
Returned to stage as a performer in City Center revival of "Pal Joey"
1965:
Only Fosse show to close before reaching Broadway, "Pleasures and Palaces", bombed at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
1966:
Had success on Broadway with the musical "Sweet Charity", with book by Neil Simon and starring Verdon
1969:
Film directing debut, "Sweet Charity", starring Shirley MacLaine
1973:
Won what showbiz folks refer to as the triple crown: the Oscar for directing "Cabaret" (1972); the Tony for directing "Pippin" (and another for choregraphing it), and the Emmy for directing (and two others, for choreographing and producing) the NBC variety special "Liza With a Z"
1974:
Helmed fine adaptation of Julian Berry's play "Lenny", a powerful biography of troubled nightclub comic Lenny Bruce; earned second Oscar nomination as Best Director
1974:
Co-choreographed and appeared as the Snake in the film musical "The Little Prince"
1975:
"Chicago", conceived and directed by Fosse (with book by Fosse and lyricist Fred Ebb and music by John Kander), opened on Broadway, starring Verdon and Chita Rivera; the song "All That Jazz" would become the title of his autobiographical fantasy film; an even more successful revival of "Chicago" would open in 1996
1978:
His dance spectacular "Dancin'" opened on Broadway, pointing the way to shows that could play easily to foreign business travelers, without the language barrier
1979:
Directed "All That Jazz", starring Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange and Ann Reinking; also wrote screenplay and choreographed; earned Oscar nominations as Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay
1983:
Wrote and directed "Star 80", the story of Dorothy Statton's life and tragic murder; Fosse's last movie, he re-edited it for TV
1985:
Adapted musical book, "Big Deal", from the Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street"
1986:
Stage the popular revival of "Sweet Charity", featuring Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and Michael Rupert
1987:
Collapsed on the street in Washington DC, dying within sight of the National Theatre where his dancers were dressing for a touring revival of "Sweet Charity"
1998:
"Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance", an ambitious retrospective co-conceived by Richard Maltby, Ann Reinking and Chet Walker (with Gwen Verdon as artistic advisor); show's title shortened to "Fosse" for its Broadway run

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