Tony-Winning Star Ann Reinking From “Chicago” Movie Dead At 71

Broadway’s shining star and Tony award-winning actor, dancer, and choreographer, Ann Reinking breathed her last at the age of 71 in Washington on Saturday (12th December) as confirmed by Dahrla King, Ann’s sister-in-law.

Ann Reinking’s family stated:

“The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” “She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!!!”

Dancer and choreographer Christopher Dean also went on to announce the sad news of her demise on Monday on Facebook. Christopher is Reinking’s niece’s teacher. Dean shared an emotional message on Facebook with some very heart-touching and memorable pictures.

He wrote,

“The lights on Broadway are forever more dim this morning and there is one less star in the sky. The good news is that heaven has the very best choreographer on earth now. Thank you Ann for having the most profound impact on my career. We are even more blessed by the entire Reinking family who have welcomed us in and been a huge part of our lives this past year. The world will miss Ann so much!! The angels are all singing “We got Annie!!”

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 Ann Reinking: Actor & Dancer’s Amazing Career

The actor stepped into the world of films in 1965 with the movie, “Bye Bye Birdie”. With “Cabaret” in 1969, she went on to become an unforgettable part of the Broadway ensemble. After that, Ann Reinking got more Broadway roles including “Over Here!”, “Sweet Charity” and “Goodtime Charlie.”

Furthermore, her role as Roxie Hart in the 1977 movie Chicago is possibly the best performance she gave in her acting career. She also starred in the film “All That Jazz”, an autobiographical film in which she played herself. She was the girlfriend and muse of the main character of the movie.

Her name is not just unmatched as an actor, but also as an accomplished choreographer and dancer. She also choreographed for theatre. Her mesmerizing choreography for “Chicago” led her to bag the prestigious Tony award for best choreography.  Here’s an insightful video about her choreography for Chicago.


Adding up to her wide spectrum of talents and perfection, Ann Reinking also served as the co-director, co-choreographer, and co-creator for the musical “Fosse”, which was an attempt to showcase Fosse’s choreography.

With Ann Reinking’s sudden demise, the world of movies, dance, and theatre is left with the memories of her amazing work and inspiring aura to cherish forever.



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