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Belcher was presented with the megaphone by Harry Brand when he was named the Dance Director of Movieland by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in 1925. Some of the signatures of the many Hollywood actors and actresses on the megaphone include Sam Warner, John Barrymore, Harry Myers, Lina Basquette, Gloria Swanson, Derelys Perdue, Ramon Novarro, Dolores Costello, Sally Rand, Marion Davies, and Colleen Moore. Pola Negri is signing the megaphone in the bottom picture.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Marge appeared in several Broadway productions, but two that I found interesting were the 1943 George Balanchine production ‘What’s Up?’ and the 1946 ‘Beggar’s Holiday’, which included music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by John La Touche. ‘Beggar’s Holiday’ was Ellington’s only book musical and, according to the 2009 Opera Theater Pittsburgh revival program, “was the first racially-integrated Broadway musical, enduring nightly pickets and protests beneath the marquee in response to the production’s interracial romances and race-blind casting.” Photographs of some of Marge’s materials related to these productions can be seen below.

For “Beggar’s Holiday”:

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For “What’s Up?”:

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Telegrams

Here are a few of the telegrams from the Marge Champion collection.  The collection also contains telegrams from Nick Castle Sr., Tony Curtis, Nanette Fabray,  Arthur Freed, Richard Holliday, Janet Leigh, Josh Logan, Anita Loos, Mary Martin, Miriam and Gene Nelson, George Sidney, Ann Sothern, and William Warfield, with many other telegrams being included in the scrapbooks.

The Three Stooges:

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Joan Crawford:

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Jule Styne:

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Jerome Robbins:

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Ed Sullivan:

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Fred Astaire:

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Young Gower Champion

Before Gower and Marge were together, Gower danced with Jeanne Tyler beginning at age 15. This partnership did not continue after World War II, but there are a few photographs of Gower with Jeanne in the Marge Champion collection, along with his war rations book and passport.
According to ‘Let’s Dance with Marge and Gower Champion’, the photograph below was the first that Gower gave to Marge; he was thirteen years old.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Bye Bye Birdie

Another focus of Gower Champion’s scrapbooks is Bye Bye Birdie, one of the first musicals he directed and choreographed.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Hello, Dolly!

The Marge Champion Collection also contains extensive material from Gower Champion, including many scrapbooks related to his Broadway productions.  I have included a few photographs of the scrapbooks, including Gower’s meticulous notes and a telegram from Carol Channing.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

Here are most of the posters included in the Marge Champion collection:

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