Eulogy: GWEN VERDON

Aside from being the best American dancer-actress of the 20th century, GWEN VERDON, in every cell of her body, held the moves and spirit of her great collaborator, Bob Fosse. In her 70s, Gwen created the musical Fosse, willing his work into immortality through new dancers, not so much teaching as illuminating them, lighting each like a candle, startling and inspiring with a sudden and impossible whirl, a back-arched, hip-winked, sly-smiled thrust of her hands in which each finger had a job and a mind of its own, not so much defying time and gravity as making them seem irrelevant, burnishing...

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