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Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1931
SpouseJack Bean
FactBest performance was arguably her show-stopping appearance at the 39th Academy Awards where her singing and dancing "Georgy Girl" stopped the show. The Academy had a hard time getting the audience to sit down and stop applauding.

Mitzi Gaynor is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her performances in the films South Pacific (1958) and Les Girls (1957), and for her starring role in the television series The Mitzi Gaynor Show (1958–1959).

Gaynor was born Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Pauline (née Fisher) and Marlene (née De Czanyi von Gerber). Her father was a Hungarian-born violinist and her mother was a German-born singer. Gaynor has two older sisters, Louise and Marilyn.

Gaynor began her career as a dancer in the chorus of the Broadway musicals Panama Hattie (1940) and Best Foot Forward (1941). She made her film debut in the musical film Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), and later appeared in such films as Easter Parade (1948), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Lovely to Look At (1952), and Anything Goes (1956).

In 1957, Gaynor starred in the Cole Porter musical Les Girls, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The following year, she starred in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical or Comedy.

Gaynor’s other film credits include The Joker Is Wild (1957), The Helen Morgan Story (1957), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), and For Love or Money (1963). On television, she starred in her own series, The Mitzi Gaynor Show (1958–1959), and appeared as a guest star on such shows as The Love Boat (1977), Fantasy Island (1978), and Hart to Hart (1979).

Gaynor has been married three times: first to Jack Bean from 1945 to 1949, then to Guy Lombardo from 1951 to 1958, and finally to Jack Gilardi from 1963 until his death in 2020. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Gina.

Gaynor has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameMitzi Gaynor
Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1931
Height1.67 m
ProfessionActor, Singer


SpouseJack Bean


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
MoviesSouth Pacific, Les Girls, There's No Business Like Show Business, Anything Goes, The Joker Is Wild, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Golden Girl, Surprise Package, Happy Anniversary, My Blue Heaven, We're Not Married!, The I Don't Care Girl, Take Care of My Little Girl, The Birds and the Bees, Three Young T...
TV ShowsMitzi and a Hundred Guys, Mitzi...Roarin' in the 20's, The Donald O'Connor Show

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1Dancing is still the hardest profession. Gene Kelly said dancing is a man's game Women have to do the same thing in heels, and have to sing and smile at the same time. Professional athletes don't even have to do that - and they get to wear sneakers.
2[on her co-stars] I never worked with a stinker. How great is that!


1Best performance was arguably her show-stopping appearance at the 39th Academy Awards where her singing and dancing "Georgy Girl" stopped the show. The Academy had a hard time getting the audience to sit down and stop applauding.




Call the Midwife2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12010TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentary performer: "Anything You Can Do"
Eye for an Eye1996performer: "Anything Goes"
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV Special performer: "Georgy Girl"
The Ed Sullivan Show1964TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy Anniversary1959performer: "Happy Anniversary"
Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes1959TV Special performer: "High Hopes", "Talk to Me", "Cheek to Cheek" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Hour1959/ITV Special performer: "Mr. Wonderful", "Everybody Loves to Take a Bow" - uncredited
South Pacific1958performer: "A Cock-Eyed Optimist" 1949, "Twin Soliloquies Wonder How It Feels" 1949, "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" 1949, "Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening" 1949, "A Wonderful Guy" 1949, "Act I Finale" 1949, "Honey Bun" 1949, "My Girl Back Home" 1949, "Dites Moi" reprise and Orchestral Finale 1949 - uncredited
Les Girls1957performer: "Les Girls", "Ladies in Waiting", "Why Am I So Gone About that Gal?" - uncredited
The Birds and the Bees1956performer: " The Same Thing Happens With The Birds And The Bees", "La Parisienne"
Anything Goes1956performer: "Anything Goes", "You're The Top", "It's De-lovely", "Blow Gabriel Blow"
There's No Business Like Show Business1954performer: "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'", "Lazy", "A Sailor's Not a Sailor 'Til a Sailor's Been Tattooed", "Alexander's Ragtime Band" - uncredited
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV Special performer: "The Moon Is Blue"
Down Among the Sheltering Palms1953performer: "THE DRUM CHANT", "WHAT MAKE DE DIFF'RENCE"
The I Don't Care Girl1953performer: "Pretty Baby", "Beale Street Blues" uncredited, "The Johnson Rag" uncredited, "On the Mississippi" uncredited, "I Don't Care" uncredited, "I Don't Care" Reprise uncredited, "Kiss Me My Honey, Kiss Me" uncredited
Bloodhounds of Broadway1952performer: "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" uncredited, "Cindy", "Bye Low", "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" uncredited, "Eighty Miles Outside of Atlanta" uncredited, "I Wish I Knew" uncredited, "Jack of Diamonds"
Golden Girl1951performer: "California Moon", "Sunday Morning", " I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land", "Kiss Me Quick and Go", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers", "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" - uncredited
My Blue Heaven1950performer: "Cosmo Cosmetics", "Live Hard, Work Hard, Love Hard" - uncredited


For Love or Money1963Kate Brasher
Surprise Package1960Gabby Rogers
The Children of Lindos1960ShortGabby Rogers
Happy Anniversary1959Alice Walters nee Gans
South Pacific1958Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
Les Girls1957Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
The Joker Is Wild1957Martha Stewart
The Birds and the Bees1956Jean Harris
Anything Goes1956Patsy Blair
There's No Business Like Show Business1954Katy Donahue
Three Young Texans1954Rusty Blair
Down Among the Sheltering Palms1953Rozouila
The I Don't Care Girl1953Eva Tanguay
Bloodhounds of Broadway1952Emily Ann Stackerlee
We're Not Married!1952Patricia 'Patsy' Reynolds Fisher
Golden Girl1951Lotta Crabtree
Take Care of My Little Girl1951Adelaide Swanson
My Blue Heaven1950Gloria Adams
It's Your Health1949ShortPeggy Hendricks, Jim's girlfriend (as Mitzi Gerber)


The 1974 Annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Mitzi... A Tribute to the American Housewife1974TV SpecialHerself
Mitzi... The First Time1973TV SpecialHerself
Cavalcade of Champions1973TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
Perry Como's Winter Show1971TV MovieHerself
Laugh-In1968-1969TV SeriesHerself
Mitzi's 2nd Special1969TV MovieHerself
Mitzi1968TV MovieHerself
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Danny Thomas Special: My Home Town1966TV SpecialHerself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHerself (on film)
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1964TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer / Dancer
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Donald O'Connor Show1954-1960TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Documentary Awards
The Dick Clark Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes1959TV SpecialHerself - Singer / Dancer
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Performer: 'There's No Business Like Show Business'
The Jack Benny Hour1959/ITV SpecialMitzi Gaynor
Reflets de Cannes1956-1958TV Series documentaryHerself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The George Jessel Show1953TV SeriesHerself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
What Ever Happened to Norma Jeane?2017Documentary filmingHerself
Mia, a Dancer's Journey2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hello: A Portrait of Leslie Phillips2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - #LesGirls
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II2012TV Movie documentaryHerself / Nellie Forbush
2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2011TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating an American Masterpiece2009DocumentaryHerself
Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years2008Video documentaryHerself, Performer
Mitzi Gaynor: Impressions of the Fox Years2007Video documentary shortHerself
Good Morning America2006TV SeriesHerself
The Fabulous Fox2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography1999-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Vancouver: Focus on Expo 861986Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not1978TV SpecialHerself
Mitzi... Zings Into Spring1977TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1977TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Mitzi... Roarin' in the 20's1976TV SpecialHerself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Ça c'est l'amour2003Video shortHerself
Ed Sullivan Presents: The Beatles2003VideoHerself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mission: Impossible1989TV SeriesPatsy Blair
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
Marilyn1963DocumentaryHerself (scene from "There's No Business Like Show Business") (uncredited)
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2011Lifetime Achievement AwardOjai Film Festival
2011Mary Pickford AwardSatellite Awards
2008EmmyNational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - New York ChapterOutstanding Entertainment Programming/SpecialMitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years (2008)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6288 Hollywood Blvd.
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Musical PerformanceLes Girls (1957)

Nominated Awards

1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - Comedy or MusicalSouth Pacific (1958)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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