Skip to main content

Champion, Marge (1919–)

Champion, Marge (1919–)

American actress and dancer. Name variations: Marjorie Bell. Born Marjorie Celeste Belcher, Sept 2, 1919, in Hollywood, California; dau. of Ernest Belcher (ballet coach); half-sister of Lina Basquette (actress); studied ballet with father, tap with Nick Castle, ballet with Vincenzo Celli and modern dance with Hanya Holm; m. Art Babbitt (animator), 1937 (div. 1940); m. Gower Champion (dancer-choreographer), 1947 (div. 1973); m. Boris Sagal (director, died 1981); stepchildren: Katey Sagal, Jean Sagal, and Liz Sagal (all actresses).

Began dancing as a child; was a movement model for Disney's Snow White and for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio; appeared in 3 films as Marjorie Bell, including Honor of the West and All Women Have Secrets (1939); teamed with Gower Champion (1945) to appear in Show Boat, Lovely to Look At, Everything I Have Is Yours, Give a Girl a Break, Jupiter's Darling and Three for the Show; other films include The Party and The Swimmer; choreographed dances for The Day of the Locust (1975). Won Emmy for choreography for "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (1975).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Champion, Marge (1919–)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. . 21 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Champion, Marge (1919–)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. . (January 21, 2019).

"Champion, Marge (1919–)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. . Retrieved January 21, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.