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Joan McCracken


b. 31 Dec 1922, Philadelphia, Pa, USA, d. 1 November 1961, Fireplace Island, NY, USA. A dancer from early youth, McCracken examined with Catherine Littlefield, signing up for her instructor’s dance troupe before she acquired finished her regular schooling. She danced as an associate from the American Ballet Firm, working at many venues in the home and overseas, including showing up at New York’s Radio Town Music Hall. In 1943 she acquired a prominent dance function as Sylvie in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Oklahoma! The next year she acquired her initial speaking part within a Broadway creation in Harold Arlen’s Bloomer Female. During the remaining 40s and in to the early 50s she focused on dance and singing jobs, showing up in Jerome Robbins’ Billion Money Baby (1945), Dance Me A Tune (1950) and Me And Juliet (1953), getting excellent notices for the last mentioned. McCracken’s wellness deteriorated because of a center condition, and she forsook dance for straight has, having previously made an appearance in Clifford Odets’ THE BEST Blade (1949) and Angel WITHIN THE Pawnshop (1951). Although obviously a talented musician, her health issues supposed that she was struggling to develop her profession in the way she would have got liked. She acquired a similarly unequal private lifestyle, with disastrous relationships to dancers Jack port Dunphy and Bob Fosse. When her wellness worsened, McCracken retired in the stage and passed away soon afterwards.

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Full Name Joan McCracken
Died November 1, 1961, Fire Island, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Comedian, Dancer
Education School of American Ballet
Nationality American
Spouse Bob Fosse, Jack Dunphy
Music Songs Pass That Peace Pipe, Good News, We Deserve Each Other, T'Morra', T'Morra', Ballet in Jive, Never Was Born, Good News - Pass That Peace Pipe, Intermission Talk, He's a Ladies Man, It's Me, Bloomer Girl: Never Was Born, Lucky in Love, Good News - Main Title, Bloomer Girl: T'morra T'morra, Me and Juliet: Intermission Talk, Finale, Me and Juliet: It's Me, Pass That Piece Pipe, Me and Juliet: Finale
Albums Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet
Movies Good News

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1 She was a student of George Balanchine in the first year of the School of American Ballet (SAB).
2 Was the second wife of choreographer and director Bob Fosse. She and Fosse divorced after he left her for Gwen Verdon. Joan became very sick near the end of their marriage due to complications from diabetes, and died of a heart attack at the age of 43.



Main Street to Broadway 1953 Joan McCracken - First Nighter (uncredited)
The Revlon Mirror Theater 1953 TV Series
Claudia: The Story of a Marriage 1952 TV Series Claudia Naughton (1952)
Actor's Studio 1948 TV Series
Great Catherine 1948 TV Movie
Good News 1947 Babe Doolittle
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Joan McCracken



That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Pass That Peace Pipe" 1947 - uncredited
Good News 1947 performer: "Good News", "Tait Song", "Lucky in Love", "Pass That Peace Pipe" - uncredited
Hollywood Canteen 1944 performer: "Ballet in Jive" 1944 - uncredited



The Ed Sullivan Show 1953 TV Series Herself
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Herself

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That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Good News' (uncredited)

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