“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).