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Marjorie Celeste Belcher (1923 - )
Singer / Dancer / Actress

Marge and Gower Champion have been referred to as the Vernon and Irene Castle of the 1950s. They were an immensely popular husband-and-wife dance team, creating some of the most memorable dance scenes in movie musicals of the 1950s. Their dance numbers were not only visually stunning, but they were ground-breaking for telling a story that fit into the plot of the film.

Marge Champion was born Marjorie Celeste Belcher in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 1923. Her father, Ernest Belcher, was a master ballet teacher, working with many of the top Hollywood stars of the day. Needless to say, Marge began learning dance at a very tender age, and by the time she was in her teens, she was teaching students of her own age group. She modeled for Disney for Snow White, Fantasia and Pinocchio, and found some small parts in films during the late 1930s and early '40s. Marge found better parts on stage, and was on Broadway in the early '40s.

Gower Champion was born in Geneva, Illinois on June 22, 1921. His parents divorced, and Gower and his mother moved to Los Angeles. He and his high-school dance partner, Jeanne Tyler, won a dance contest at the Coconut Grove which landed them a thirteen week engagement. From there they went on to New York, performing at the Waldorf-Astoria and Radio City Music Hall.

When Gower returned from war duty, he found Jeanne Tyler had given up dancing. Mr. Belcher (Marge's father) suggested Gower might talk to Marge, and so he did. They formed a professional partnership, and were married on October 5, 1947. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Gower passed away in 1980. Marge now lives in New York and works as a dance teacher and choreographer.

Marge and Gower Champion
original Columbia Pictures publicity photo, 1954

Marge and Gower Champion
original publicity photo
Jupiter's Darling, 1955

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Filmography:  (Marge and Gower)

Jupiter's Darling, [Marge & Gower], MGM, 1955
Three for the Show, [Marge & Gower], Columbia, 1955
Give a Girl a Break, [Marge & Gower], MGM, 1953
Everything I Have Is Yours, [Marge & Gower], MGM, 1952
Lovely to Look At, [Marge & Gower], MGM, 1952
Show Boat, [Marge & Gower], MGM, 1951
Mr. Music, [Marge & Gower], Paramount, 1950

Additional Filmography:  (Marge only)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? [choreography], MGM-UA, 1981
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, [as Mrs. Bester], Universal, 1970
The Party, [as Rosalind Dunphy], UA, 1968
The Swimmer, [as Peggy Forsburgh], Columbia, 1968
Pinocchio, [Marge modeled for the Blue Fairy], Disney, 1940
Fantasia, [Marge modeled for various dance scenes], Disney, 1940
Honor of the West, (credited as Marjorie Bell) [as Diane], Universal, 1939
Sorority House, [as 'Coed'], RKO, 1939
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, (credited as Marjorie Belcher) [as Irene's Girl Friend], RKO, 1939
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, [Marge modeled for various scenes], Disney, 1937

Additional Filmography  (Gower only):

Bank Shot [director], 1974
My Six Loves, [director], 1963
Till the Clouds Roll By, [Gower danced with Cyd Charisse], MGM, 1946

Television Series:  (regular cast)

The Bell Telephone Hour, (music), [Marge & Gower guested], 1959-68
The Marge and Gower Champion Show, (sitcom), [Marge & Gower starred], 1957
Admiral Broadway Review, (variety), [Marge & Gower, regulars] 1949


Three for Tonight [Marge & Gower] (Broadway, 1955)
Beggar's Holiday, [Marge only]
Dark of the Moon, [Marge only], 1945
Portrait of a Lady, [Marge only]
The Little Dog Laughed, (Broadway), [Marge only]
Tonight at 8:30, (Los Angeles) [Marge only], 1937


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Tanya Bickley Enterprises
Marge's agent's web site. Has some good information about Marge.

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