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Vera-Ellen began dancing at the age of 10, and a few years later became one of the youngest Rockettes. She appeared in several Broadway musicals until she was spotted by film producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1945. She was only 24 years old when Goldwyn cast her opposite Danny Kaye in Wonder Man (1945). She danced with Fred Astaire in Three Little Words (1950) and with Gene Kelly in On the Town (1949). Blonde, slim of build, and a dancing sensation, she appeared in a string of light-hearted but successful films. Vera-Ellen retired from acting in the late 1950s. Vera's career died down in the late 1950s once filmed musicals lost their fashion. It was later discovered that, due to the dancer's compulsive dieting obsession, she had silently battled anorexia throughout much of the 50s before anyone was even aware or doctors had even coined the term or devised treatments. Moreover, she had developed severe arthritis which forced an early retirement. In order to combat it, she reverted back to taking dance lessons again. The worst blows suffered, however, was in her personal life. On top of of two two failed marriages, she lost her only child, Victoria Ellen Rothschild, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1963. With one unhappy and tragic event compounded by another, she became a virtual recluse. Little was heard for decades until it was discovered that she had died on August 30, 1981, at age 60 following a long bout with cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was buried at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, California. Perhaps less remembered today compared to several of the big stars that shared the stage with her, Vera-Ellen was a lithe and lovely presence who deserved a better personal life than she got. Nevertheless, she has provided true film lovers with a lasting legacy and can easily be considered one of Hollywood's finest dancing legends.

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Feb 16, 1921 In Norwood, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Wonder Man 1945-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered 2014-12-02
Known For
Poster of On the Town
Poster of Love Happy
Poster of Three Little Girls in Blue
Poster of The Kid from Brooklyn

Vera-Ellen Movies Filmography

Bing Crosby: Rediscovered
Unknown 2014-12-02
That's Entertainment! III
(archive footage) 1994-07-01
That's Dancing!
Let's Be Happy
Jeannie MacLean 1957-05-07
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Unknown 1956-10-05
White Christmas
Judy Haynes 1954-10-14
A Star Is Born World Premiere
Unknown 1954-09-28
Big Leaguer
Christy 1953-08-19
Call Me Madam
Princess Maria 1953-03-25
The Belle of New York
Angela Bonfils 1952-02-22
Happy Go Lovely
Janet Jones 1951-03-06
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Unknown 1950-09-10
Three Little Words
Jessie Brown Kalmar 1950-07-12
On the Town
Ivy Smith 1949-12-08
Love Happy
Maggie Phillips 1949-10-12
Words and Music
Vera-Ellen 1948-12-31
The Ed Sullivan Show
Unknown 1948-06-20
Carnival in Costa Rica
Luisa Molina 1947-03-28
Three Little Girls in Blue
Myra Charters 1946-09-03
The Kid from Brooklyn
Susie Sullivan 1946-03-21
Wonder Man
Midge Mallon 1945-01-01

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