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Place of Death
New York, New York
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Good News (1947)
Profile Bio Text
American dancer, actress, and comedian who became famous for her role as Silvie ("The Girl Who Falls Down") in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma!. By age 11, she was studying dance with Catherine Littlefield. She dropped out of high school to join Littlefield`s ballet company. She was a student of George Balanchine in the first year of the School of American Ballet (SAB).
McCracken toured Europe and danced at Radio City Music Hall before creating the role of Sylvie. She was married to Jack Dunphy and then to dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse from 1951 to 1959.
She made a strong impression on the 1947 version of the movie Good News in the role of vivacious Babe Doolittle. Her number “Pass The Peace Pipe” was a standout. Unfortunately, her movie career never took off.
She died from complications of diabetes in 1961 on Fire Island, New York, aged 43. She is said, by her biographer, to have been the inspiration for the protagonist Holly Golightly in Truman Capote`s novel, Breakfast at Tiffany`s, although this can be disputed
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School of American Ballet
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The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken  (Lisa Jo Sagolla)
Joan Hume McCracken (December 31, 1917 – November 1, 1961) was an American dancer, actress, and comedian who became famous for her role as Sylvie ("The Girl Who Falls Down") in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma! She also was noted for her performances in the Broadway shows Bloomer Girl (1944), Billion Dollar Baby (1945) and Dance Me a Song (1950), and the films Hollywood Canteen (1945) and Good News (1947).
Dancer, actress, singer