Song and Dance Man – Bob Fosse

By | Sep 23, 2008

Robert Louis Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago. He was the youngest of six children.

Fosse moved to Hollywood with the ambition of being a dancer in movie musicals. In 1953 he found himself choreographing a sequence in Kiss Me Kate. Because of premature balding he was limited in the roles he was offered and with an offer from broadway producers he moved to New York.

In 1954 he choreographed his first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game. His style was a jazz dance style that exuded a stylized, cynical sexuality. Other notable distinctions of his style included the use of inward knees, rounded shoulders and body isolations.

1972/73 was a very good period for him. He was the director of the movie Cabaret and the television special Liza with a Z. With Cabaret he won the Academy Award for Best Director and won an Emmy for Liza with a Z.

In 1979, Fosse co-wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical “All That Jazz,”. The movie won four Academy Awards and earned Fosse his third Oscar nomination for Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Picture,

Fosse was in Washington DC with the revival of Sweet Charity when he died of a heart attack on September 23, 1987. He was a heavy smoker, at times 4 packs a day, and had had a history of heart problems. He was only 60 years old.


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