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14-03-2007
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Vera-Ellen
I love Vera-Ellen! She was gorgeous and was such a fantastic dancer! She led a very sad life too, with her anorexia and the death of her only child. Sadly she isn't very well-known today... Anyways, here's a little bio on her:

Vera-Ellen (Westmyer) Rohe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 16, 1921.

She began dancing for health reasons at the age of 10. During her early career, she appeared in nightclub acts, as one of the youngest Rockettes, and a Broadway dancer.

Her movie career began in 1945, when she appeared with Danny Kaye in "Wonder Man". She was known as "Twinkletoes", and I've heard very few mean words said against her. She appeared in many movies, almost all of them musicals, until the late 1950's.

Vera-Ellen was married twice: once to fellow dancer Robert Hightower, and once to millionaire Victor Rothschild. Both marriages ended in divorce.

She "dated" Rock Hudson over a period of three years. This romance was really a publicity event, devised by Rock's agent. Though rumour has it that Rock really wanted to marry Vera-Ellen, it does appear that they were good friends for real.

The reason for her disappearance from the movies is complicated. It is obvious that she became alarmingly thin in her thirties. Her peculiar eating habits are well documented. Always a reclusive person, she started to withdraw from Hollywood as her alleged anorexia took its toll on her. This was also during a time when Hollywood simply stopped making many musicals. Although Vera-Ellen could act as well as dance, MGM didn't take her talents seriously enough to give her many non-dancing parts.
One of the side effects of anorexia is that she began to age rapidly. Many people have asked why Vera-Ellen always covers her neck in "White Christmas" - it is because that is where she stared to age. She also had a daughter, Victoria Ellen Rothschild, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This was very traumatic for her.

Though retired from public life, Vera-Ellen continued to take dancing lessons, partly to combat the arthritis she suffered later.

Vera-Ellen died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, on August 30, 1981.

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Some lovely photos from http://personal3.iddeo.es/masters/vera%20ellen/.
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Some more, same source.
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What about her weird eating habits and what do you mean her neck started to show age? I always marveled at her tiny waist in Christmas

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What about her weird eating habits and what do you mean her neck started to show age? I always marveled at her tiny waist in Christmas
In "White Christmas" she only wears outfits with high necks on them, like turtlenecks. This was because her neck prematurely aged due to her anorexia - it looked a lot older than the rest of her body. I think the weird eating habits just means that she wasn't eating very much. I'm not sure about the details of that, because this was going on in a time when eating disorders weren't well-studied or known about, so there isn't that much information on this aspect of her life.

The one thing I am amazed about in "White Christmas" is her legs! They are amazing. They just go on forever. She's such a great dancer.

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Here's some more photos (all from Simply Classics).
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^Wow these shots of her leaping are great! Thanks.

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Her dancing is amazing!

My favorite is this scene from the 1945 Danny Kaye movie "Wonder Man" called "So In Love".



And this scene with Gene Kelly from the 1948 movie "Words and Music". It's them performing in the tragic ballet "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue"



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In "White Christmas" she only wears outfits with high necks on them, like turtlenecks. This was because her neck prematurely aged due to her anorexia - it looked a lot older than the rest of her body. I think the weird eating habits just means that she wasn't eating very much. I'm not sure about the details of that, because this was going on in a time when eating disorders weren't well-studied or known about, so there isn't that much information on this aspect of her life.

The one thing I am amazed about in "White Christmas" is her legs! They are amazing. They just go on forever. She's such a great dancer.
I loved her dancing in White Christmas, but it hurt to watch, she was so thin.

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She was adorable and such a good dancer.




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Actress Vera Ellen posing for a picture.
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Date taken: May 1945
Photographer: Martha Holmes

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^^ I love that second picture. You can really tell she's a dancer, and her legs seem to go on for miles.

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