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Vera-Ellen (1921–1981)

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 ... See full bio »

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 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "On the Town" (1944), "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (1936) - uncredited)
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "Thinking of You")
 1956-1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #11.11 (1958) ... (performer: "Shall We Dance" - uncredited)
- Episode #8.23 (1956) ... (performer: "A Bird In A Gilded Cage", "The Old Soft Shoe" - uncredited)
 1957 Let's Be Happy (performer: "Let's Be Happy", "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond", "I'm Going to Scotland" - uncredited)
 1954 White Christmas ("White Christmas", uncredited) / (performer: "Sisters", "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing", "Snow", "Mandy", "Choreography", "Abraham", "Gee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army" - uncredited)
 1953 Call Me Madam (performer: "It's a Lovely Day Today", "The Ocarina", "Something To Dance About", "Finale: You're Just In Love/Something to Dance About")
 1952 The Belle of New York (performer: "Let a Little Love Come In", "Baby Doll", "Oops", "A Bride's Wedding Day Song (Currier and Ives)", "Naughty but Nice" - uncredited)
 1951 Happy Go Lovely (performer: "MacIntosh's Wedding", "One-Two-Three", "Would You - Could You?", "London Town" (uncredited))
 1950 Three Little Words (performer: "Where Did You Get That Girl?", "Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home" (uncredited), "Come on, Papa", "Nevertheless", "Thinking of You")
 1949 On the Town (performer: "Miss Turnstiles", "A Day in New York", "Main Street" (uncredited), "On the Town" (uncredited))
 1949 Love Happy (performer: "Love Happy" (1949), "Willow Weep for Me" (1949))
 1948 Words and Music (performer: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue")
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica ("I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE") / (performer: "I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE", "RUMBA BOMBA", "GUI-PI-PIA", "MI VIDA", "WEDDING DANCE")
 1946 Three Little Girls in Blue (performer: "On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life", "I Like Mike" - uncredited)
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn (performer: "Hey! What's Your Name?" (1946), "Josie" (1946))
 1945 Wonder Man (performer: "Bali Boogie" (1945), "So in Love" (1945))
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Very Warm for May (1939). Musical comedy. Music by Jerome Kern. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music arranged by Russell Bennett. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music orchestrated by Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Robert Emmett Dolan. Choreographed by Albertina Rasch and Harry Losee. Scenic Design by Vincente Minnelli. ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Vera Ellen


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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[on raising eyebrows on Oscar night 1958, wearing a form-fitting gold lame sheath] Why not? It's the way Oscar dresses. See more »


She was originally slated to star in Excuse My Dust (1951) with Red Skelton however she had to be replaced as she was in London filming Happy Go Lovely (1951) and would not finish that film in time. See more »


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