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choreographer , dancer.

Gower Champion, American choreographer, dancer. Recipient Donaldson, Dance magazine, Antoinette Perry awards for creation best dances on Broadway; Tony award for best director musical, choregrapher The Happy Time, 1967-1968. Served with the United States Coast Guard, World World War II; Member Screen Dirs. Guild.

Background

Champion, Gower was born on June 22, 1919 in Geneva, Illinois, United States. Son of John W. and Beatrice (Carlisle) Champion.

Education

Student in public schools, Los Angeles.

Career

; children—Gregg, Blake. Early dancing appearances with Jeanne Tyler as Gower and Jeanne, west coast night clubs, also New York City. Appeared Broadway mus. revues including Streets of Paris, Lady Comes Across, Count Me In, 1939-1941.

Appeared with Marjorie Bell (Marjorie Celeste Belcher) as Marge and Gower Champion, New York City debut in Hotel Plaza, 1947. Night club tours, 1948. Staged dances for Broadway revue Small Wonder.

Choreographer Lend an Ear, Hollywood, film Girl Most Likely, 1956. Television Chevy Show, Jack Benny Show, Screen Dirs. Playhouse, General Electric Theatre: weekly show Admiral Broadway Revue, Dumont NBC-television Ngtwork, 1949.

Appeared with Bing Crosby in motion picture Mr. Music, Paramount, 1950. Movies include Show Boat, Lovely to Look At, Everything I Have is Yours, 1952, Give the Girl a Break, 1952.

Various nightclub, television appearances, including television show Toast of the Town, 1953, General Electric Theatre, 1957, Dinah Shore Show, 1958, Telephone Hour, 1959, We Four, 1960. Appeared in Three for Tonight. Producer, director Academy Awards Show, 1969.

Choreography and directing Bye, Bye, Birdie (Tony award 1961), Hello, Dolly (Tony award 1964), Carnival, I Do I Do, Three Bags Full, Sugar, 1972, Irene, 1973. On Broadway in The Act, 1978. 42d Street, 1980.

Membership

Served with the United States Coast Guard, World World War II. Member Screen Dirs. Guild.

Connections

Married Marjorie Celeste Belcher, October 5, 1947 (divorced 1972). Children: Gregg, Blake.

father:
John W. Champion

mother:
Beatrice (Carlisle) Champion

spouse:
Marjorie Celeste Belcher

children:
Gregg Champion

Blake Champion