Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Icons: The Legend of Fosse

Icon: Bob Fosse, Dancer/Director/Choreographer

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, dont take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.”
-Bob Fosse

Robert Louis Fosse went to Hollywood in hopes of becoming the next Fred Astaire. His dancing skills which he honed during touring shows with the military helped to establish him as one of the most beloved and studied choreographers ever.
The Academy Award winning director is the man behind Sweet Charity, Chicago, Cabaret, and many other musical classics. He was often associated with his wife Gwen Verdon, also a dancer. She served as his muse on several occasions and famously dance the Mexican Breakfast dance which became a viral youtube video years later after being set to the music of Walk it Out. The dance also served as the inspiration for Beyoncé's equally iconic video for Single Ladies.

Bob Fosse

with dancer Tony Rall
performing his own choreography in a scene from the film

My Sister Eileen (1955)

“The time to sing is when your emotional level is too high to just speak anymore, and the time to dance is when your emotions are just too strong to only sing about how you feel."
-Bob Fosse

The Rich Man's Frug
from Sweet Charity
starring Shirley MacLaine
Choreographed and Directed by Fosse

Fosse earned many awards, including the Tony Award for Pippin and Sweet Charity, the Academy Award for Cabaret and the Emmy Award for Liza with a "Z". He was the first person to win all three awards in the same year when he snatched them up in 1973. He is also the only person to have won all three awards in the category of "Best Director.

And all that jazz...

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