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Thanks for gently filling in these details of a lovely dancer and actress, whose growing number of fans rediscovering her is a tribute to her talent. One big error in the article: Vera Ellen did not die in at age She was Robert, please reread the article. Her ex husband died in at the age of
Actress, Dancer. In , she was spotted by film producer Samuel Goldwyn and invited to Hollywood, where she was cast opposite Danny Kaye in "Wonder Man" There she earned a reputation as a hard worker. She married twice, first to fellow actor and dancer Robert Hightower to and then to millionaire Victor Rothschild to ; both marriages ended in divorce. She would also date Rock Hudson for three years, but this was a publicity event orchestrated by his agent, yet they remained good friends for years after. After her success in "White Christmas", the motion picture industry decided to make fewer musicals, and it did not consider her for non-dancing roles. To keep her weight down, Vera-Ellen also became anorexic, which caused premature aging, and expressed itself mostly in her upper body and neck this eventually came out as the explaination as to why she always covered her neck in "White Christmas". Her last film, "Let's Be Happy", was made in , and she then retired from public life. She continued to dance, in part to fight the arthritis she suffered later from. She would die of cancer in Los Angeles, California.
Rohe, a piano dealer,  and Alma Catherine Westmeier. Both were descended from German immigrants. She began dancing at age 10 and quickly became proficient. Starting in with Wonder Man , her first film, her singing was dubbed. Her style is of a comic soubrette. She starred in only one more film, the British production Let's Be Happy.