18 Facts About Ann Reinking


Ann Reinking was an American dancer, actress, choreographer, and singer.


Ann Reinking was born on November 10,1949, in Seattle, the daughter of Frances, a homemaker, and Walter Floyd Reinking, a hydraulic engineer.


Ann Reinking made her professional performing debut at the age of 12 in a production of Giselle with the English Royal Ballet.


Ann Reinking moved to New York City at age 18, and danced as a member of the corps de ballet at the Radio City Music Hall, performed in the ensemble of the second national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and at the age of 19 made her Broadway debut in the musical Cabaret.


Ann Reinking was a chorus dancer in Coco, Wild and Wonderful, and Pippin.


Ann Reinking became Fosse's protegee and romantic partner, even as Fosse was still legally married to Gwen Verdon at the time.


Ann Reinking starred as Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley in 1975, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.


In March 1985, Ann Reinking appeared at the 57th Academy Awards to give a mostly lip-synced vocal performance accompanied by a dance routine of the Academy Award-nominated Phil Collins single "Against All Odds ".


Ann Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.


The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Ann Reinking won the Tony Award for Best Choreography.


Ann Reinking recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.


Ann Reinking served as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.


Ann Reinking was first married on March 19,1972, to Broadway actor Larry Small, whom she divorced the same year.


Ann Reinking retired in 2017 and lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona.


Ann Reinking's son has Marfan syndrome, and Ann Reinking worked with the Marfan Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.


Ann Reinking produced the 2009 documentary In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome.


Ann Reinking died in her sleep at a hotel in Seattle, Washington on December 12,2020, at the age of 71, while on a visit to her family in the area.


Ann Reinking is interred at the Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona.