Vera-Ellen actress and dancer

“I don’t remember if I liked [dancing] because I was good at it, or if I was good at it because I liked it. Maybe a little of both.” ~ Vera-Ellen

Vera-Ellen (February 16, 1921 – August 30, 1981) dancer and actress remembered for her lithe figure and animated performances with partners Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, and Donald O’Connor. She is one of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the movies, other actresses that have also done this includes Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Debbie Reynolds, and Leslie Caron. Vera-Ellen is best known for her starring roles in “On the Town” (1949) with Gene Kelly and the 1954 blockbuster “White Christmas” with Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney. Vera-Ellen’s other movies include “Words and Music” (1948), “Three Little Words” (1950), “The Belle of New York” (1952), “Call Me Madam” (1953), and “Big Leaguer” (1953).

Vera-Ellen

Vera-Ellen

Vera-Ellen (1954)

Vera-Ellen (1954)

Vera-Ellen (1954)

Vera-Ellen (1954)

Vera Ellen dancing with Gene Kelly in "Words and Music" (1948)

Vera Ellen dancing with Gene Kelly in
“Words and Music” (1948)

Vera Ellen dancing with Fred Astaire in "The Belle of New York" (1953)

Vera Ellen dancing with Fred Astaire in
“The Belle of New York” (1953)

Vera-Ellen dancing with Donald O'Connor in "Call Me Madam" (1953)

Vera-Ellen dancing with Donald O’Connor in
“Call Me Madam” (1953)

Vera-Ellen dancing with Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby in "White Christmas" (1954)

Vera-Ellen dancing with Danny Kaye and
Bing Crosby in “White Christmas” (1954)

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