Thesp Margery Beddow dies at 72

Performed during 2008 Academy Awards

Director, choreographer, performer and author Margery Beddow died Sunday in New York. She was 72.

Most recently, Beddow appeared in the movies “Doubt” and “Enchanted.”

Beddow danced in the original Mel Brooks movie “The Producers” with Zero Mostel as well as the later musical version. She began her career as a prima ballerina of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, later danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and from there went to Broadway to become one of the original Bob Fosse dancers and performers.

She danced in such shows as “Redhead,” “Little Me” opposite Sid Caesar, “Take Me Along,” “Ulysses in Night Town” with Mostel, “Fiorello!” and “Showboat.”

Thanks to her long working relationship with Fosse, Beddow was given permission to write the book “Bob Fosse’s Broadway.”

As a choreographer, she created the Broadway shows “Wind in the Willows” and “Dear Oscar,” as well as choreographing touring companies of “Can-Can” with Yvonne De Carlo, “Pajama Game” with John Raitt, “The Olympiad,” “Damn Yankees” and a Cole Porter revue called “Cole.”

Most recently, in New York, she directed and staged “Broadway by the Year” at Town Hall and “Noel Coward and His Ladies,” starring Steve Ross, for Lyrics and Lyricists.

In December, Beddow received the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement from Dancers Over Forty.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Jeanette Saunders, and sons A.J. and Chris Colucci.

Donations may be made to Dancers Over Forty, P.O. Box 237098, New York, N.Y., 10023.

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