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  1. If we talk about movie musicals of the 1940's, we have to include Vera Ellen! She not only danced in the 40's but sequeyed into big films of the 1950s as well. Vera Ellen danced as Ivy Smith in On the Town pairing up with Gene Kelly*, as well as in other musical films, such as Words and Music (1948), Wonder Man (1945) and The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) the last two with Danny Kaye. As we head into the 1950's next week, she will appear in 1950's White Christmas, Three Little Words, and The Belle of New York, etc. Vera Ellen was an amazing dancer who could embrace tap, ballet and jazz very skillfully. She had a mean nerve tap as well to rival Ann Miller and Eleanor Powell, but also had an athletic style, vivacious and full of energy. As "Miss Turnstiles" she was the one sought after throughout the film, On the Town, and got to show off her abilities. In White Christmas, she dazzled again with many great dance numbers - classics - and showed off her acting as well. Thee were many dancers of the era in the 40s and the upcoming 50's as well, including Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Carol Haney and of course, Leslie Caron. I hope that we go into all of their films and careers, but let's not forget, Vera Ellen! What do you think about Vera? ----------------------------------------------------- *Quiz #2 was a bit vague in its question about who Gene Kelly paired up with. Vera Ellen was not in the multiple choice list of answers; therefore, Betty Garrett was the one I chose because she was in the film, On the Town, but Vera was the actual dancing partner.

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