This classically trained dancer achieved success onstage in the 1930s before making a handful of Hollywood films. Vera Zorina (nee Eva Brigitta Hartwig) began her professional career as a child dancin...
The Terms of Endearment actress had no intention of buying the remote home when she first visited it in 2004, but she had a firm feeling the place was supposed to be hers the minute she walked through the door.
She immediately sensed a dancer had died at the top of the stairs and wanted her to have the home, and MacLaine made an offer without seeing the rest of the building.
The actress then set about trying to find out who the spirit was who wanted her to move in - and discovered it was German-born dancer Zorina, who died in 2003.
Appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday (11Apr11), she said, "Vera Zorina was in Hollywood when I was there... I just felt she just wanted me to be in that house."
And what a house it has been for spiritualist MacLaine - she writes her bestselling books from the balcony and watches UFO's fly over New Mexico at night.
Signed by Samuel Goldwyn to perform in "Goldwyn Follies"
Acted the role of Ariel in Margaret Webster's stage production of "The Tempest"
Debut as a narrator
Became music consultant and album producer at Columbia Records
Joined Ballet Russe
First starring Broadway role in "I Married an Angel"
Became managing director of Norwegian Opera
Fired from "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and replaced by Ingrid Bergman
Acted in Max Reinhardt's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Starred in the London production of "On Your Toes"
Recreated stage role in film version of "Louisiana Purchase"
Made professional dance debut at age 6 in Norway
This classically trained dancer achieved success onstage in the 1930s before making a handful of Hollywood films. Vera Zorina (nee Eva Brigitta Hartwig) began her professional career as a child dancing in Norway. She also appeared in Max Reinhardt's stage production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" before concentrating on her ballet career. Zorina starred as a ballerina in the London production of "On Your Toes" and in 1938 married the show's choreographer George Balanchine. He in turn had successfully guided her in several carefully packaged theatrical showcases before the two of them went to Hollywood for "The Goldwyn Follies" later that year. A leggy, talented dancer and an appropriate vehicle for many of Balanchine's modern-dance innovations, the strong-featured Zorina was a very limited actress who never achieved substantial success in films. In retrospect, her most enjoyable film--and performance--was in the unjustly overlooked tale of cross and double-cross among thieves, "I Was an Adventuress" (1940), in which she was brilliantly supported by Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. She found success on stage in such shows as "I Married an Angel" and as Ariel in Margaret Webster's staging of "The Tempest". In her later years, Zorina enjoyed success appearing as a narrator with opera companies and, with her second husband Goddard Lieberson, as a record producer.
married on December 24, 1938; divorced in 1946
born c. 1947
president of Columbia Records; married April 3, 1946 until his death from cancer on May 29, 1977 at age 66
born c. 1949
became romantically involved after appearing together in the Ballet Russe