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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.
Cast (Feature Film)
Music (Feature Film)
Member of the corps de ballet of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera
Toured in "Song of Norway"
Breakthrough stage role in the San Francisco stage production of "The Great Waltz"
Feature film debut, "My Blue Heaven"; adopted stage name of Mitzi Gaynor
Cast as Lotta Crabtree in the musical biography "Golden Girl"
Portrayed Eva Tanguay in the fictional biopic "The 'I Don't Care' Girl"
Appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the remake of "Anything Goes"
Supported Frank Sinatra as his neglected wife in "The Joker Is Wild"
Starred in the feature version of the hit stage musical "South Pacific"
Last film to date "For Love or Money"
Headlined her first TV variety special, "Mitzi" (NBC)
Began five year affiliation with CBS; first special, "Mitzi ... the First Time"
Last variety special to date, "Mitzi ... What's Hot, What's Not"
Played Reno Sweeney in national tour of "Anything Goes"
Hosted "Comedy Classics" on the cable channel American Movie Classics (AMC)