Special – HBO – Strippers – An American Original – Host Gwen Verdon – Part 1


Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an American actress and dancer….who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances….while also serving as the non-credited choreographers assistant and specialty dance coach for both theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice….Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.  Having originated many roles in musicals….she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director–choreographer Bob Fosse….as she is remembered as the dancer–collaborator–muse for whom he choreographed much of his work…..who carried out the duties as the guardian of his legacy after his death.  

In this video Gwen Verdon gives us insightful look at an original American product….striptease or strippers…..from the original days of the Victorian era….all the way up through the 1980’s….as the popularity of this American original entertainment of the art of striptease.  This 2-part video set is worth the watch….for a great deal of history is covered in STRIPPERS.

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