Mitzi Gaynor

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A leading lady of light musicals, the bright-eyed Gaynor is best remembered for "South Pacific". She also hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s. See full bio »

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Known For

South Pacific Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
Les Girls Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
Bloodhounds of Broadway Emily Ann Stackerlee


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 1963 For Love or Money
Kate Brasher
 1960 The Children of Lindos (Short)
Gabby Rogers
 1960 Surprise Package
Gabby Rogers
 1959 Happy Anniversary
Alice Walters nee Gans
 1958 South Pacific
Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
 1957 Les Girls
Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
 1957 The Joker Is Wild
Martha Stewart
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Jean Harris
 1956 Anything Goes
Patsy Blair
 1954 Three Young Texans
Rusty Blair
 1953 The I Don't Care Girl
Eva Tanguay
 1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Emily Ann Stackerlee
 1952 We're Not Married!
Patricia 'Patsy' Reynolds Fisher
 1951 Golden Girl
Lotta Crabtree
 1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
Adelaide Swanson
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Gloria Adams
 1949 It's Your Health (Short)
Peggy Hendricks, Jim's girlfriend (as Mitzi Gerber)
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Other Works:

(Summer 1976) She acted in her revue, "The Mitzi Gaynor Show," in a Kenley Players production at the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mitzi Gerber


5' 6" (1.68 m)


Jack Bean  (his death)


Henry von Gerber | Pauline Fisher

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Personal Quote:

[on Stanley Donen] People often speak of a Golden Age of Hollywood when referring to his films. That's almost too abstract. Stanley helped make the movies sing and dance and be funny, and in doing so made a big, fabulous, golden, make-believe world very real in our lives. What a joy that we'll always get to delight in those precious gifts of his. See more »


Best performance was arguably her show-stopping appearance at the 39th Academy Awards where her singing and dancing "Georgy Girl" stopped the show. The Academy had a hard time getting the audience to sit down and stop applauding.

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