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Marge and Gower: 1953

Marge and Gower: 1953

Las Vegas, 1953. "Dancers Marge and Gower Champion sunbathing by the swimming pool at the Flamingo Hotel." Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "The Champions Cut a Wet Rug." View full size.

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Mmmmm, good!

Nothing like a snooze in the sun after enjoying the breakfast of Champions.

Gower Champion

Gower Champion was, according to Wikipedia, a dynamo talent of Broadway productions, and had one success after another for many years. He died, sadly, on the opening day of his most successful production, "42nd Street".

White as Snow

Marge's first husband (Art Babbitt) was one of the lead animators at Disney for many years. She was the reference model for Snow White. If you look online there's some wonderful shots of her posing.

Still a beauty

Here is Marge going strong at an awards ceremony in June 2013.

Barbie and Ken

This very attractive and talented couple were both born in 1919, forty years before Barbie, but I remember them from TV shows when I was a kid. They eventually were divorced and Gower passed away in 1980. Marge is going to be 94 in Sept.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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