I was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with actress, singer, and dancer Mitzi Gaynor recently. Gaynor began her career in 1942 as a dancer in Song Without Words. During the late 1950s, she landed a slew of sought-after roles that paired her with Hollywood’s leading men, including Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor in Anything Goes (1956), Gene Kelly in Les Girls, and Frank Sinatra in The Joker is Wild (both 1957).
In 1958, Gaynor won the plum role of Nellie Forbush in the eagerly anticipated film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. She then hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Her best 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.
Gaynor is now in her 80’s and still touring!
I had to share some stunning photos of Gaynor from her role in Les Girls and more. It is clear why she is known for her legs!