Bob Fosse

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  • Birth Name: Robert Louis Fosse
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Died: September 23, 1987
  • Profession: Choreographer, Director, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Took dance classes at age 8; by age 12 was part of the touring team the Riff Brothers.
  • Innovative and signature choreography style is distinguished by its sensual and angular movements, as well as the use of props such as chairs, canes and bowler hats.
  • After repeatedly being asked to tone down his work, he became a director in 1959 in order to gain control of his creations.
  • Married three times—each woman was a dancer.
  • Although he was separated for 15 years from third wife Gwen Verdon, they never divorced and continued working together.
  • Used the experience of his heart attack as the basis for the semiautobiographical musical All That Jazz, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Inspired a 1999 Broadway revue called Fosse, which won a Best Musical Tony award.

Awards

  • 1978, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1973, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1966, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1973, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1972, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1980, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1957, Tony — Choreographer: Nominee
  • 1986, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1955, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1976, Tony — Choreographer: Nominee
  • 1963, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1963, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1958, Tony — Choreographer: Nominee
  • 1966, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1976, Tony — Book (Musical): Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: Winner
  • 1959, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1976, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1986, Tony — Book (Musical): Nominee
  • 1964, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1973, Tony — Director (Musical): Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music: Winner
  • 1986, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1956, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music: Winner

Relationships

  • Ann Reinking — Ex-significant Other
  • Sadie Fosse — Mother
  • Ed Fosse — Brother
  • Joan McCracken — Ex-wife
  • Jessica Lange — Ex-significant Other
  • Marianne Fosse — Sister
  • Gwen Verdon — Wife
  • Julie Hagerty — Ex-significant Other
  • Patricia (Patsy) Fosse — Sister
  • Mary Ann Niles — Ex-wife
  • Nicole Fosse — Daughter
  • Cyril Fosse — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert Louis Fosse
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Died: September 23, 1987
  • Profession: Choreographer, Director, Actor