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Vera Ellen Westmeier Rohe

February 16, 1921(1921-02-16)
DiedAugust 30, 1981(1981-08-30) (aged 60)[1]
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1937–59
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Robert Hightower (1941–46)
Victor Rothschild (1954–66)

Vera-Ellen (February 16, 1921 – August 30, 1981) was an American actress and dancer. She danced with Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly and several others. She played Princess Maria in the movie Call Me Madam. She also played Judy Haynes in the movie White Christmas.

She was born in Norwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. She died from cancer at age sixty.


  1. "Vera-Ellen, Dancer in Movies". The New York Times ( 17. 2 September 1980. Retrieved 2011-07-03.