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Marjorie Celeste Champion (née Belcher; September 2, 1919 – October 21, 2020) was an American dancer and actress. At age 14, she was hired as a dance model for Walt Disney Studios animated films. Later, she acted as an actress and dancer in film musicals, and in 1957 she had a television show based on songs and dances. She also did creative choreography for the liturgy and served as a dialogue and movement coach for the 1978 television miniseries The Awakening Land, set in the late 18th century in the Ohio Valley.
Champion was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 2, 1919.  His father, Ernest, was a Hollywood dance director who taught Shirley Temple, Betty Grable, Cyd Charisse, and Joan Crawford, as well as future husband from Champion, Gower Champion;   her mother was Gladys Lee Baskette (née Rosenberg).  Champion had an older half-sister, Lina Basquette,  who was already acting in silent films at age twelve. Lina was the daughter of her mother’s first husband, Frank Baskette, who had committed suicide . Champion and Basquette’s maternal grandfather was Jewish.
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The first picture Belcher remembered being in was The Castles with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  This gave him the feeling that he really would like to make movies, but what he really wanted to do was go to New York and be in shows in New York. Sadly, Belcher wasn’t tall enough even for ballet, which is what she trained for all her life. The great champion appeared as the Mysterious Guests on the May 15, 1955 broadcast of What’s My Line. Mary Healy guessed who they were. They appeared again on the show’s telecast on February 8, 1959, and panelist Martin Gabel guessed who they were. 
During the summer of 1957, the Champions had their own television series, The Marge and Gower Champion Show, a sitcom with song and dance numbers. Marge played a dancer and Gower a choreographer.   Real-life drummer Buddy Rich appeared as a fictional drummer named Cozy. [
Champion married Art Babbitt, a Disney animator and creator of Goofy, in 1937. They divorced three years later.  She then married dancer Gower Champion in 1947. Together, they had two children (Blake and Gregg).  They divorced in January 1973.   Belcher met Gower when she was 12 years old in the ninth grade at Bancroft Junior High, and that’s when their romance began.  Although the performances often took them away from California, Los Angeles remained their home base. 
Champion married director Boris Sagal in 1977.  He died four years later, on May 22, 1981, in a helicopter crash during the production of the World War III miniseries.   She became a stepmother to Boris’ five children, including Katey, Jean, Liz, and Joey.   Her son Blake died at the age of 25 in a car accident in 1987.
The champion turned 100 on September 2, 2019.  He died a year later, on October 21, 2020, at his son’s home in Los Angeles.  She was 101 years old.