Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Ann Reinking, Tony Winning Star of “Chicago” and “All That Jazz,” Bob Fosse Muse, Choreographer, 71


As you may have read, the great Ann Reinking died today at age 71. The Tony winning choreographer of “Chicago” and star of the movie, “All That Jazz,” Bob Fosse’s muse was a major presence in dance and theater. She was nominated three other times for Tony Awards, twice as an actress and once more as a choreographer.

Ann Reinking was so in demand after “All That Jazz” in 1979 there was a considerable effort to launch a movie career apart from Fosse. She starred with Dudley Moore — then the IT guy of the moment — in 1984’s “Micki and Maude,” directed by no less than Blake Edwards and also starring Amy Irving.

She was married four times, never to Fosse but for most of the 1980s to financier Herb Allen. They were an in-demand media couple, appearing in tabloid gossip columns on a daily basis.

But mostly Ann was beloved in the theater world, and everywhere else.

“The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” her family said in a statement on Monday. “She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!!!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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