McCracken, Joan

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Joan McCracken was a star of stage and screen, most notably a musical comedy star. She was born in Philadelphia on December 31, 1917 (most sources say 1922). A trained ballerina, she was the youngest soloist in the Philadelphia Ballet, starring Catherine Littlefield. Joan McCracken spent one year in the Radio City corps-de-ballet before moving to the Broadway stage. Her first role was in the original production of Oklahoma! in 1943. Other roles were in Bloomer Girl, Billion Dollar Baby, Me and Juliet (1953), Peter Pan (1951), Angel in the Pawnshop, The Sleeping Prince (1957) and Clifford Odet's play The Big Knife (1949). Her films included Good News and Hollywood Canteen . She also starred in her own television show entitled Claudia (1952). She was married to the writer, Jack Dunphy and to the choreographer, Bob Fosse. She died November 1, 1961.

From the guide to the Joan McCracken ephemera, ca. 1930-1958, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Joan McCracken ephemera, ca. 1930-1958 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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correspondedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986 person
associatedWith Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 person
associatedWith Capp, Al, 1909- person
associatedWith Charlap, Moose, 1928- person
associatedWith Gould, Morton, 1913- person
associatedWith Joan Littlefield person
associatedWith Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962 person
associatedWith Littlefield, Catherine person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977 person
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963 person
associatedWith Philadelphia Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia Ballet Company corporateBody
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902- person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shelton, James, d. 1975 person
associatedWith Shiffrin, A. B. (Abraham B.), 1902- person
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Birth 1922-12-31

Death 1961-11-01



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