Marge Champion, who served as a real-life model for Walt Disney's Snow White, has died aged 101.The actress is also best known for performing alongside her husband and dance partner Gower Champion in the 1950s musical MGM.She later won an Emmy for choreography in the 1975 television movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.She died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, dance teacher Pierre Dulaine confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.Marge and Gower Champion dance together in TV shows, Broadway musicals and movies like George Sidney's 1951 remake Show Boat starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner.
The pair were also seen together in Mr Music (1950) starring joker Bing Crosby, Lovely to Look At (1952), Give a Girl a Break (1953) and Jupiter's Darling (1955).
Marge Champion was born Marjorie Celeste Belcher in Hollywood in 1919. Her father was a dance and ballet teacher Ernest Belcher, who Be friends with Walt Disney When the Disney animation team was working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they studied the movement of the Marge as a youth on the soundstage to give the characters more realistic movements.From the age of 14, Champion will work with them for a day or two a month for two years, during which time she earns $ 10 a day.
There was no one among them. [All male animation team] used to be a young girl, or know how the series could do this or that or something else, ”she explained in an interview with Archive of American Television in 1998.Released in 1937, the film was the first full-length animated feature made by a studio in the United States and became a box office buzz.The champion was also a model for the blue angels in Pinocchio, Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia and Mr Stock in Dumbo.Gower and Marge Champion got married in 1947, but divorced in 1973.Gower died in 1980 at the age of 61.
Marge Champion dies at 101.The dancer and actress, who served as the prototype for Disney's iconic Snow White character, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The sad news was confirmed by dance instructor Pierre Dulaine.Champion is best known for her role in creating one of Walt Disney's most famous characters.The animators in the 1937 film studied Marge's movements to make Snow White even more realistic.In a 1998 interview with the Archive of American Television, Champion said, 'There was no one of them. [All male animation team] used to be a young girl, or know how the costumes could do this or that or something else. 'The 14-year-old dancer was paid $ 10 a day to work on the film.The native Angeleno is also known for performing alongside her husband and dance partner Gower Champion in the 1950s musical MGM.
The pair starred in George Sydney's remake of Show Boat in 1977. Fri 1951 starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner.They also appeared in Mr Music (1950), Lovely to Look At (1952), Everything I Have is Yours (1952), Jupiter's Darling (1955) and Three for the Show (1955), alongside young Jack Lemmon.Marge and Gower were married from 1947 until their divorce in 1973.She had previously been married to Art Babbitt from 1937-1940 and Boriss Sagal in 1977-1981.She is survived by two sons, Blake and Greg.