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Also Known As: Frances Gerber, Franceska Mitizi Marlene De Czanyi Von Gerber, Mitzi Gerber Died:
Born: September 4, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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This blonde dancer and light actress appeared in Hollywood musicals beginning in the early 1950s. Among her more notable efforts were "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954), the 1956 remake of "Anything Goes", with Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor, and "Les Girls" (1957), opposite Gene Kelly. Gaynor had two outstandig screen roles: as a girlfriend of nightclub comedian Joe E Lewis (played by Frank Sinatra) in "The Joker Is Wild" (1957) and as Nellie Forbush in the the screen version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (1958).Beginning in the late 1950s, Gaynor began to appear on various variety series, eventually headlining her own NBC special in 1968, "Mitzi". Between 1973 and 1978, she appeared annually on CBS in a series of high-concept, entertaining variety specials.

This blonde dancer and light actress appeared in Hollywood musicals beginning in the early 1950s. Among her more notable efforts were "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954), the 1956 remake of "Anything Goes", with Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor, and "Les Girls" (1957), opposite Gene Kelly. Gaynor had two outstandig screen roles: as a girlfriend of nightclub comedian Joe E Lewis (played by Frank Sinatra) in "The Joker Is Wild" (1957) and as Nellie Forbush in the the screen version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (1958).

Beginning in the late 1950s, Gaynor began to appear on various variety series, eventually headlining her own NBC special in 1968, "Mitzi". Between 1973 and 1978, she appeared annually on CBS in a series of high-concept, entertaining variety specials.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 For Love or Money (1963) Kate Brasher
2.
 Surprise Package (1960) Gabby Rogers
3.
 Happy Anniversary (1959) Alice Walters
4.
 South Pacific (1958) Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
5.
 The Joker Is Wild (1957) Martha Stewart
6.
 Les Girls (1957) Joanne "Joy" Henderson
7.
 The Birds and the Bees (1956) Jean Harris, also known as Countess Louise
8.
 Anything Goes (1956) Patsy Blair
9.
 Three Young Texans (1954) Rusty Blair
10.
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Raised in Detroit, Michigan
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Moved to California to continue dance studies with same teacher, Mme Etienne
1942:
Member of the corps de ballet of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera
1946:
Toured in "Song of Norway"
1949:
Breakthrough stage role in the San Francisco stage production of "The Great Waltz"
1950:
Feature film debut, "My Blue Heaven"; adopted stage name of Mitzi Gaynor
1951:
Cast as Lotta Crabtree in the musical biography "Golden Girl"
1954:
Portrayed Eva Tanguay in the fictional biopic "The 'I Don't Care' Girl"
1956:
Appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the remake of "Anything Goes"
1957:
Supported Frank Sinatra as his neglected wife in "The Joker Is Wild"
1958:
Starred in the feature version of the hit stage musical "South Pacific"
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Began appearing as a guest on variety shows
1963:
Last film to date "For Love or Money"
1968:
Headlined her first TV variety special, "Mitzi" (NBC)
1973:
Began five year affiliation with CBS; first special, "Mitzi ... the First Time"
1978:
Last variety special to date, "Mitzi ... What's Hot, What's Not"
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Toured with her nightclub act throughout the 1980s
1989:
Played Reno Sweeney in national tour of "Anything Goes"
1992:
Hosted "Comedy Classics" on the cable channel American Movie Classics (AMC)
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Education

Powers Professional High School: Hollywood , California -
Le Conte Junior High School: Hollywood , California -

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husband:
Jack Bean. Agent. Married in 1954.

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father:
Henry Gerber. Musical conductor, musician. Immigrated from Hungary; played cello;.
mother:
Pauline Fisher. Typist, former dancer. Had been protege of Albertina Rush.
aunt:
Francine Woodbury. Ballerina. Encouraged her niece's study of dance.

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