Marge Champion, pictured in 2012, modelled for the Snow White animation workforce from the age of 14
Marge Champion, who served because the real-life mannequin for Walt Disney’s Snow White, has died on the age of 101.
The actress was additionally well-known for starring alongside her husband and dance accomplice Gower Champion in a string of MGM musicals within the Nineteen Fifties.
She later gained an Emmy Award for choreographing the 1975 TV movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.
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She died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, dance teacher Pierre Dulaine confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marge and Gower Champion danced collectively in TV exhibits, Broadway musicals and movies akin to George Sidney’s 1951 remake of Present Boat, which additionally starred Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner.
The couple have been additionally seen collectively in Mr Music (1950) starring Bing Crosby, Beautiful to Look At (1952), Give a Lady a Break (1953) and Jupiter’s Darling (1955).
Marge Champion was born Marjorie Celeste Belcher in Hollywood in 1919. Her father was dance and ballet trainer Ernest Belcher, who was pals with Walt Disney.
When Disney’s animation workforce have been engaged on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they studied a younger Marge’s actions on a sound stage to be able to make the character transfer extra realistically.
From the age of 14, Champion would work with them for one or two days monthly for 2 years, throughout which era she was paid $10 per day.
“None of them [the all-male animation team] had been a younger lady or knew how a costume would do that or that or the opposite factor,” she defined in a 1998 interview with the Archive of American Tv.
Launched in 1937, the groundbreaking movie was the primary full-length animated characteristic to be made by a US studio, and have become a field workplace sensation.
Champion additionally served as a mannequin for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia, and Mr Inventory in Dumbo.
Gower and Marge Champion married in 1947, however divorced in 1973. Gower died in 1980 on the age of 61.