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(Jun 1927 – Sep 1987)
Born in Chicago, one of six children of a Norwegian-American
father and an Irish-American mother, Bob Fosse developed a
passion for dancing early in life and, in 1947, he teamed up with
Charles Grass, another young dancer, and the pair performed at
several theaters in the Chicago area. Moving to New York, aspiring
to become the next Fred Astaire, Fosse worked in TV and film, where
he came to the attention of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. From his
TV work with them he was discovered by Broadway producers and
began the next phase of his long career. That career included
acting, dancing, choreography, stage direction, screen direction,
screenwriting and film editing. His work included twenty stage
productions and thirteen movies, plus several television shows.
His list of honors included eight Tony Awards for choreography
and one for directing. He was nominated for four Oscars and
received one for Cabaret. He was the first person ever to
receive an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy all in the same year.
In 2007 he was posthumously inducted into the National
Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame.


"I fired two warning shots -- into his head"


    A film version of the Broadway musical created by Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb. In 1926 Chicago, females who commit murder become media darlings. Roxie Hart, played by Renee Zellweger, kills her lover when he admits he lied about knowing theater bosses who could get Roxie into show business. Her lawyer (Richard Gere) specializes in defending killer ladies. Catherine Zeta-Jones is terrific as another fatal femme in the womens' wing of the Cook County Jail, presided over by Queen Latifah as the matron.
    The original play on which the Broadway musical was based enacted the stories of two real-life killers, Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. The music and dancing strongly show the influence of show biz legend Bob Fosse. Chicago was to be Fosse's next project but he died before the film was made. Chicago was the first musical to win the Best Picture Oscar since Oliver in 1969. Zeta-Jones received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Oscars were also awarded for art direction, costumes, editing and sound mixing. There were seven other Oscar nominations. 2002,
Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall

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