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Gower Champion

Gower ChampionAKA Gower Carlyle Champion

Born: 22-Jun-1921
Birthplace: Geneva, IL
Died: 25-Aug-1980
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Theater Director, Choreographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Show Boat

Military service: US Coast Guard (WWII)

Father: John W. Champion
Mother: Beatrice Carlisle
Wife: Marge Champion (dancer/choreographer, m. 5-Oct-1947, div. 1973, two sons)
Son: Blake
Son: Gregg (producer/director, b. 20-Nov-1956)
Wife: Kari (until his death)

    High School: Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, CA

    Tony 1949 Best Choreography for Lend and Ear
    Tony 1961 Best Direction, Musical for Bye Bey Birdie
    Tony 1961 Best Choreography for Bye Bey Birdie
    Tony 1964 Best Direction, Musical for Hello, Dolly!
    Tony 1964 Best Choreography for Hello, Dolly!
    Tony 1968 Best Direction, Musical for The Happy Time
    Tony 1968 Best Choreography for The Happy Time
    Tony 1981 Best Choreography for 42nd Street
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6162 Hollywood Blvd. (television)

    Bank Shot (Jul-1974)
    My Six Loves (3-Apr-1963)

    Three for the Show (24-Feb-1955)
    Jupiter's Darling (17-Feb-1955) · Varius
    Give a Girl a Break (3-Dec-1953) · Ted Sturgis
    Everything I Have Is Yours (29-Oct-1952)
    Lovely to Look at (29-May-1952) · Jerry Ralby
    Show Boat (13-Jul-1951) · Frank Schultz
    Mr. Music (8-Dec-1950) · Himself
    Till the Clouds Roll By (5-Dec-1946) · Dancer

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