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b. Robert Louis Fosse, 23 June 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 Sept 1987, Washington, DC, USA. A movie director, choreographer, dancer and professional for movies and stage, Fosse was renowned especially for his innovative and magnificent staging, using the emphasis extremely firmly for the exhilarating dance sequences. He researched ballet, touch and acrobatic dance from an early on age group, and, while still a young child, performed with somebody because the Riff Brothers in vaudeville and burlesque homes. After graduating from senior high school in 1945, he spent 2 yrs in america Navy before shifting to NY and studying performing on the American Theater Wing. Then toured within the chorus of varied productions prior to making his Broadway debut being a dancer within the revue Dance Me A Tune (1950). He done tv and in theatres and night clubs for a while until Hollywood beckoned, and he shifted to the western coast to surface in three movies, Give A Young lady A REST, The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis and Kiss Me, Kate (1953). On his go back to NY, he obtained his big break when writer and movie director George Abbott employed him like a choreographer for The Pajama Video game (1954). The display was an enormous strike, and Fosse was very much popular – for a while a minimum of. He fulfilled Gwen Verdon while focusing on Damn Yankees in 1955, plus they had been wedded in 1960. He choreographed Bells Are Buzzing in 1956, and caused Verdon once again on New Lady AROUND a year later on. After that, apart from How To FLOURISH IN Business Without Actually Trying (1961), he aimed his shows in addition to staging the dance. Fosse’s dual part is known as by critics to be always a major element in the achievement of very popular productions such as for example Redhead (1959), Small Me (1962), Nice Charity (1966), Pippin (1972), Chicago (1975) and Dancin’ (1978). Throughout all of this time he relocated back again and forwards between NY and Hollywood, focusing on movies such as for example My Sister Eileen (1955), The Pajama Video game (1957) and Damn Yankees (1958), all three which had been well received. Nevertheless, Nice Charity (1968), which Fosse managed totally in his part as movie director and choreographer, was hammered by many critics for Shirley MacLaine’s over-the-top overall performance, and especially for the movie director’s self-indulgent cinematography, using its looming close-ups, zooms and blurred concentrate effects. Fosse is at the wilderness for quite a while, but all was forgiven four years later on when Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray, received eight Academy Honours, among which visited Fosse. It had been a box-office smash, and Fosse also pleased a lot of the purists by confining the dance sequences to suitable locations like a beverage backyard and nightclub, instead of flooding the roads of Berlin with terpsichorean visitors. In the first 70s Fosse was applauded for his path of Lenny, a film biography from the comedian Lenny Bruce, that starred Dustin Hoffman. Within the light of Fosse’s latest heart disease, his record like a workaholic, and his lifelong obsession with excellence, many observers believed that That Jazz (1979) was designed to become Fosse’s personal film autobiography, using its ghoulish, self-indulgent study of existence and death. Nevertheless, no one refused the brilliance from the dance routines or the exceptional overall performance of Roy Scheider in the best part. In 1983, Fosse published and aimed his last film, Celebrity 80, which also experienced a lurid, tragic theme. 3 years later on, he published, staged and choreographed his last Broadway musical, Big Offer – that was, actually, much less than its name suggested. It displayed an improper end to an excellent career, where Fosse had produced a few of the most imaginative and thrilling dance routines ever noticed on Broadway or in Hollywood, earning eight Tony Honours along the way. In 1987, he revived one of is own most successful displays, Lovely Charity, and passed away shortly prior to the drape went through to the night time of 23 Sept. A remarkable documentary entitled Bob Fosse – Vapor Heat, was created by the US business WNET/Thirteen in 1990. The foundation of 1 of his ideal triumphs, Chicago, was revived to great acclaim on Broadway and in the Western world Result in 1996/7. The choreography of Ann Reinking (b. 10 November 1949) was made, with great respect and passion, ‘in the design of Bob Fosse’. His amazing wit and vitality had been remembered once again early in 1999, whenever a retrospective of his dance amounts entitled Fosse opened up on Broadway. The display was directed by Richard Maltby Jnr. and Reinking, and choreographed by Reinking and Chet Walker.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Fosse
Died September 23, 1987, Washington, D.C., United States
Height 1.73 m
Profession Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Theatre Director, Dancer, Film Editor, Choreographer
Nationality American
Spouse Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken, Mary Ann Niles
Children Nicole Fosse
Parents Cyril K. Fosse, Sara Alice Stanton
Partner Ann Reinking
Awards Academy Award for Best Director, Palme d'Or, Tony Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreographer, National Board of Review Award for Best Director, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director, Bodil Award for Best American Film, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement - Comedy, Variety or Music, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Musical Variety, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Music Songs Kiss Me Kate, From This Moment On, A Snake In The Grass, In Our United State
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Movies All That Jazz, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Lenny, Star 80, Liza with a Z, Kiss Me Kate, My Sister Eileen, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Little Prince, Chicago, Give a Girl a Break, Thieves, Pippin: Special Edition


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#Fact
1 "Fosse" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1998 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Production.
2 "Fosse" on Broadway in New York City was nominated for the 1999 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Musical. (Richard Maltby Jr. Chet Walker and Ann Reinking).
3 The cast of "Fosse" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1998 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Ensemble.
4 He and Ann Reinking were awarded the 1999 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Choreography for "Fosse" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5 "Chicago," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1998 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Musical (Large Theatre).
6 "Chicago" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded he 1998 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Production.
7 Was acting mentor to actress Melanie Griffith.
8 Was best friends with screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.
9 Fosse died on 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. on the corner closest to the J.W. Marriott Hotel of a heart attack. He was walking from the Willard Hotel across the street to the National Theater a block away to direct one of his stage plays.
10 Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1979.
11 Pictured on one of a set of 4 USA 'forever' commemorative postage stamps featuring Innovative Choreographers, issued 28 July 2012. Others honored in this issue were Isadora Duncan, José Limon and Katherine Dunham. Price on day of issue was 45¢.
12 After 1945, formed a dance partnership (mixing ballet with tap), with his then-wife, Mary Ann Niles, performing at nightclubs and in stage musicals.
13 Son of a vaudevillian, he performed on stage in burlesque while in his early teens.
14 Directed five actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine and Roy Scheider. Minnelli and Grey won for their performances in Cabaret (1972).
15 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 302-304. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
16 Won seven Tony Awards out of 15 nominations, placing him just one win behind record-holder Gower Champion, who also had the same number of nominations. Fosse's wins were, as Best Choreographer: in 1955, for "The Pajama Game"; in 1956, for "Damn Yankees!"; in 1959, for "Redhead"; in 1963, for "Little Me"; in 1966, for "Sweet Charity"; in 1973 for "Pippin"; and as Best Director (Musical): in 1973, for "Pippin". His other Tony nominations were: as Best Choreographer, in 1957, with Jerome Robbins for "Bells Are Ringing"; in 1958, for "New Girl in Town"; and in 1976 for "Chicago"; as Director (Musical): in 1963, with Cy Feuer for "Little Me"; in 1966 for "Sweet Charity"; and in 1976 for "Chicago"; as Best Actor (Musical), in 1964 for a City Center revival of "Pal Joey"; and as Best Book (Musical), in 1976 with Fred Ebb for "Chicago".
17 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Theatre Choreographer with Ann Reinking for "Fosse" at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
18 His idol was Fred Astaire.
19 Fosse has unintentionally competed with Francis Ford Coppola on several occasions. Both were up for the 1972 Best Director Oscar (Coppola for The Godfather (1972) and Fosse for Cabaret (1972); Fosse won). Both were up for the 1974 Best Director Oscar (Coppola for The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Fosse for Lenny (1974); Coppola won). Both were up for the 1979 Best Director Oscar (Coppola for Apocalypse Now (1979) and Fosse for All That Jazz (1979); neither won). Also, when Fosse's film won the Palme D'or at the Cannes film festival in 1980 (Coppola won the previous year for Apocalypse Now (1979)), he tied with the Akira Kurosawa film Kagemusha (1980), which had two Americans as executive producers: George Lucas and Coppola.
20 Fosse was born in Chicago in 1927, which was the setting and time period for his famous 1975 musical, "Chicago", starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach.
21 In most of his choreographed pieces, he (or those dancing his choreography) usually wore a hat and gloves. Fosse always wore hats because he started going bald at the age of 17; he used gloves a lot because he didn't like his hands.
22 Throughout his career, he was always listed in the Manhattan phone directory.
23 Was at times slated to choreograph and direct several Broadway hits, including "Funny Girl" and "Promises, Promises".
24 Was planning on making a film version of his Broadway hit "Chicago", with Madonna (a film version is once again in the works, thanks to the success of the Broadway revival), as well as a film about the life of Walter Winchell.
25 In 1973, he received an Academy Award for directing Cabaret (1972), a Tony Award for directing "Pippin", and an Emmy Award for directing Liza with a Z (1972). He's the only director to win all three major industry prizes in a single year.
26 Choreographer, screenwriter (besides director).
27 Father (with Gwen Verdon) of Nicole Fosse.
28 Separated from Gwen Verdon in to 1970s, but remained married to her until his death. In the interim, he was romantically involved with Ann Reinking and Jessica Lange.
29 Received three Emmy Awards in 1973 for Producing, Directing and Choreographing the television special Liza with a Z (1972) starring Liza Minnelli.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances: Dance in America 2001 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Pippin: His Life and Times 1981 TV Movie choreographer / choreographer: original New York production / stage director: original New York production
All That Jazz 1979 choreographer
The Little Prince 1974 choreographer
Liza with a Z 1972 TV Special choreographer
Cabaret 1972 dances staged by
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Sweet Charity 1969 choreographer / from the New York stage production staging and choreography by
The Seasons of Youth 1961 TV Movie choreographer
Startime 1959 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Damn Yankees! 1958 choreographer
The Pajama Game 1957 choreographer
My Sister Eileen 1955 choreographer - as Robert Fosse
White Christmas 1954 choreographer - uncredited
Kiss Me Kate 1953 choreographer - uncredited
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951 TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
So You Think You Can Dance 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That's Dancing! 1985 Documentary performer: "Tom, Dick or Harry"
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire 1981 TV Movie documentary performer: "Cabaret"
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "From This Moment On" 1951 - uncredited
The Little Prince 1974 performer: "Snake In The Grass"
The Garry Moore Show 1962 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Damn Yankees! 1958 performer: "Who's Got the Pain"
My Sister Eileen 1955 "There's Nothin' Like Love" / performer: "Competition Dance" instrumental, "Give Me A Band And My Baby"
Give a Girl a Break 1953 performer: "In our United State", "Nothing Is Impossible"
Kiss Me Kate 1953 performer: "Tom, Dick or Harry", "From This Moment On" - uncredited
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953 performer: "You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thieves 1977 Mr. Day
Lenny 1974 The Interviewer (voice, uncredited)
The Little Prince 1974 The Snake
Damn Yankees! 1958 Mambo Dancer (uncredited)
My Sister Eileen 1955 Frank (as Robert Fosse)
Give a Girl a Break 1953 Bob Dowdy
Kiss Me Kate 1953 Hortensio
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953 Charlie Trask
The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue 1949 TV Series Dancer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star 80 1983
All That Jazz 1979
Dancin' Curtain Call: Bob Fosse 1978 Short
Lenny 1974
Liza with a Z 1972 TV Special
Cabaret 1972
Sweet Charity 1969
Startime 1959 TV Series 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chicago: The Vaudeville Musical 2013 Video written by
Chicago 2002 book of musical play: Chicago
Star 80 1983 written by
All That Jazz 1979 written by

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cabaret 1972 musical numbers staged by
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967 original musical stager

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Liza with a Z 1972 TV Special producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Animal 2011 very special thanks
Applaus 2009 grateful thanks
Chicago 2002 acknowledgment: directed and choreographed for the stage by / dedicatee
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Always in Motion 1999 TV Movie special thanks
Steps 1989 Short dedicated to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Dancer
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Choreography & Nominee: Best Direction of a Musical / Best Book of a Musical
Today 1980-1986 TV Series Himself - Guest
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame 1984 Himself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hello Hollywood, qui Broadway! 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Presenter: American Theatre Wing
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Fosse: On the Set 1979 TV Short documentary Himself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Choreography & Nominee: Best Direction of a Musical
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreographer & Best Book of a Musical
The 45th Annual Academy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Director
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Recreation of an Era 1972 Documentary short Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Garry Moore Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The 16th Annual Tony Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Best Choreography
The Seasons of Youth 1961 TV Movie Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951-1955 TV Series Himself - Dancer
Cavalcade of Stars 1951 TV Series Himself - Guest Dancer
Star of the Family 1951 TV Series Himself
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series Himself
Cavalcade of Bands 1950 TV Series Himself (as Fosse & Niles)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 TV Series Himself - Tap Dancer / Himself - Dancer
Ford Star Revue 1950 TV Series Himself
Toni Twin Time 1950 TV Series Himself
Your Hit Parade 1950 TV Series Himself
The Morey Amsterdam Show 1948 TV Series Himself - Dancer
Kobb's Corner 1948 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Frank Lippincott / Mambo Dancer
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Theatreland 1997 TV Series Himself
Cabaret: A Legend in the Making 1997 Video documentary short Himself
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances: Dance in America 1990 TV Series Himself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Hortensio

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Heritage Award American Choreography Awards, USA
1981 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film) All That Jazz (1979)
1980 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival All That Jazz (1979)
1978 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Lenny (1974)
1976 Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon Awards Best Foreign Language Film Lenny (1974)
1973 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film) Cabaret (1972)
1973 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) Cabaret (1972)
1973 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Liza with a Z (1972) · Kenneth Utt (unit production manager plaque)
· Paul Ganapoler (first assistant director plaque)
· John Neukum (second assistant director plaque)
1973 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Cabaret (1972)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music Liza with a Z (1972) · Fred Ebb (producer)
· Liza Minnelli (star)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music Liza with a Z (1972)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Liza with a Z (1972)
1973 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Direction Cabaret (1972)
1972 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Director Cabaret (1972)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1984 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Star 80 (1983)
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director All That Jazz (1979)
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen All That Jazz (1979) · Robert Alan Aurthur
1975 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Lenny (1974)
1975 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Lenny (1974)
1975 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Lenny (1974)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Lenny (1974)
1973 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Cabaret (1972)
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Cabaret (1972)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director All That Jazz (1979)


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#Quote
1 [on the chances of an Oscar for All That Jazz (1979)] I'm such a long shot. I think anyone who bets on me should get a toaster, like they give out in banks, for having made the investment.
2 People have used the word "self-indulgent" about [All That Jazz (1979)] but critics are constantly saying that an artist should draw more from himself and less from others. This is what I've done. So why do I get this reaction? It frightens me.
3 [on working with Valerie Perrine on Lenny (1974)] Quite simply, she is the best actress I have ever directed.
4 If you think you can do better, then do better. Don't compete with anyone, just yourself. When you are in trouble or have a dilemma, ask yourself, "What's the important thing?". And when you wake up in the morning, ask yourself how you can be a better person, not just a better performer.
5 I like attractive people who aren't so terribly aware that they are attractive... people who aren't afraid to roll on the floor and make fools out of themselves.
6 They may not know what I'm doing, but they know I'm doing something!
7 Dance expresses joy better than anything else.
8 It's showtime, folks!
9 In today's world, everything seems like some sort of long audition.
10 I would never discriminate against someone's talent because they showed the poor taste to like me.
11 Don't dance for the audience; dance for yourself.
12 I'm still working on my life, just like it's out of town, and when I get it fixed, I'll bring it in.
13 Live like you'll die tomorrow, work like you don't need the money, and dance like nobody's watching.
14 I thank God that I wasn't born perfect.

#Trademark
1 Known publicly and in private as a ladies' man
2 Highly stylized, sexual dance choreography
3 In most of his choreographed sequences, you will see him or his proteges wearing a hat/gloves.

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