Champion, Gower, 1919-1980

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1919-06-22
Death 1980-08-25
US

Biographical notes:

Champion was born in Geneva, IL, June 22, 1919; grew up in Los Angeles, CA; appeared in Broadway musical reviews, including Streets of Paris, Lady comes across, and Count me in, 1939-41; appeared with wife Marjorie Bell (Marjorie Celeste Belcher) as dancing team, Marge and Gower Champion, NYC, 1947; appeared in various movies, including Show Boat, Lovely to look at, Everything I have is yours, Give the girl a break, and Mr. Music; various television appearances on Toast of the town, GE Theatre, Dinah Shore Show, Telephone hour, and We four (1953-60); producer and director, Academy Awards show, 1969; choreographed and directed Bye, bye Birdie (1961), Hello, Dolly (1964), Carnival, I do, I do, Three bags full, Sugar (1972), and Irene (1973); received Tony awards for Bye, bye Birdie (1961), Hello, Dolly (1964), and The happy time (1967-68); member, Screen Directors Guild; died, Aug. 25, 1980.

From the description of Papers, 1960-1967. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38060715

Biography

Gower Champion was born in Geneva, Illinois, June 22, 1919; grew up in Los Angeles, California; appeared in Broadway musical reviews, including Streets of Paris, Lady Comes Across, and Count Me In, 1939-41; appeared with wife Marjorie Bell (Marjorie Celeste Belcher) as dancing team, Marge and Gower Champion, New York City, 1947; appeared in various movies, including Show Boat, Lovely to Look at, Everything I Have is Yours, Give the Girl a Break, and Mr. Music ; various television appearances on Toast of the Town, GE Theatre, Dinah Shore Show, Telephone Hour, and We Four (1953-60); producer and director, Academy Awards show, 1969; choreographed and directed Bye, Bye Birdie (1961), Hello, Dolly (1964), Carnival, I Do, I Do, Three Bags Full, Sugar (1972), and Irene (1973); received Tony awards for Bye, Bye Birdie (1961), Hello, Dolly (1964), and The Happy Time (1967-68); member, Screen Directors Guild; died, August 25, 1980.

From the guide to the Gower Champion Papers, 1960-1967, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Subjects:

  • Musicals--Production and direction
  • Dancers--Archival resources
  • Choreographers--Archival resources
  • Musicals--Production and direction--Archival resources
  • Theatrical producers and directors--Archival resources

Occupations:

  • Dancers--United States--Archival resources
  • Choreographers--United States--Archival resources
  • Theatrical producers and directors--United States--Archival resources

Places:

  • Archival resources (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)