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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMarjorie Celeste Belcher
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher and as a choreographer in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rocknrollunderdawg

Spouse (3)

Boris Sagal (1 January 1977 - 22 May 1981) ( his death)
Gower Champion (5 October 1947 - 20 December 1973) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Art Babbitt (8 August 1937 - 2 October 1941) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

She was filmed for the reference of Disney animators (her then-husband Art Babbitt was an animator, and supervised much of the reference filming) as a model for the heroine in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (1940), and Hyacinth Hippo in the "Dance of the Hours" segment of Fantasia (1940) (along with Ruby Dandridge), which she also helped choreograph, in an elaborate parody of a Balanchine ballet danced by Vera Zorina in The Goldwyn Follies (1938). Marge even recalls doing some modeling for Mr. Stork in Dumbo (1941) .

The "Snow White" sequence was later reworked into a sequence of Maid Marian dancing in Robin Hood (1973).
Younger half-sister of late silent screen actress, Lina Basquette.
Daughter of dance teacher/choreographer Ernest Belcher.
Stepmother of actresses Katey Sagal, Joey Sagal, Jean Sagal and Liz Sagal.
Mother, with Gower Champion, of film and television director Gregg Champion and son Blake Champion.
She will appear on Broadway this spring in a limited-run revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" as-surprise-the wife of a husband-and-wife song-and-dance team, performing the song "Rain On the Roof". [January 2001]
Lina Basquette claimed to have chosen the name Marjorie for her half-sister Marge Champion after the popular song 'Margie' by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson.
Ex-sister-in-law of John C. Champion.

Personal Quotes (1)

In those days - it seems impossible now - nice girls didn't go to bed with people before they were married. I had been brought up by my British father. You just didn't do that. You did not sleep with them or live with them.

Salary (2)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $10 /day
Fantasia (1940) $25 /day

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