Vera-Ellen

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Vera-Ellen Westmeyer Rohe (February 16, 1921 - 30 August, 1981) was an American actress and dancer known best by just her hyphenated first name.

Vera-Ellen was born in Norwood, Ohio. She began dancing when she was nine and quickly developed into a very proficient dancer. When she was 16, she won a competition on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour and began dancing professionally.

In 1939, Vera-Ellen made her Broadway debut in the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein musical Very Warm For May. She became one of the youngest Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. This led to a career on broadway, where she was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn, who cast her opposite Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in the film "Wonder Man."

Never a major star, she appeared in several films including White Christmas, On the Town, and Call Me Madam. Vera-Ellen was also one of the stars in the last Marx Brothers movie, Love Happy.

Although she suffered from anorexia earlier in her life, she died of cancer.

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