His death was confirmed to Fox News by the champion’s son, film and television director Greg Champion.
“My mother, Marge Champion, passed away peacefully at our home in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, where she has lived with us for the past 6 months,” the statement said.
“At the age of 101, he was an inspiration to us as a young ballet and ballroom dancer, persevering through many career incarnations,” he said of the champion artist, whose father Ernest Belcher was a notable Hollywood choreographer, Fred Astyre and Shirley Temple – and Walt was friends with Disney.
Born on September 2, 1919, Champion served as a real-life model and inspiration for Disney’s animated Snow White.
In addition, she worked as a Disney model on “Pinocchio” in 1940, Hyacinth Hippo in 1940’s “Fantasia” and Mr. Stock in “Tambo” in 1941.
Champion made his Broadway debut in 1945 with “The Fair Witch in the Dark of the Moon”. In his statement on Thursday, Greg said that his mother absolutely loved his craft and would continue to dance with his partner Donald Chatler on Broadway on Steven Sondheim’s “Follies” until he was 82 years old.
In 1947, the champion – once known as Marjorie Bell – tied with the Gower champion. The pair will act as Gower & Bell to each other, where their talents saw them play in nightclubs, and co-starred with Nid Caesar and Emoji Coca on NBC’s “The Admiral Broadway Review”.
They linked that success to their own title show, The Marge and Cover Champion Show, in the summer of 1957, which was critically acclaimed.
Soon the pair ran “Hello, Dolly!” From 1964 to 1975. Began to offer their dance to the original production of. The couple divorced in 1973.
The champion won the Emmy for her dancing in the 1975 telefilm “Queen of the Stunt Ballroom”.
“He continued to dance to the age of 100 and always had a positive outlook,‘ Every decade should be celebrated for the things one gives you, but not for what it takes, ’’ Greg recalled to his mother.
The champion’s goal is always to “Dance!”
In addition to Greece, the champion has daughter-in-law Christine Champion and grandchildren Dylan Gower champion and Alana Blake champion.
He also had another granddaughter Vanessa Rose and grandson Gabriel Marantz, the son of Blake Champion, who died in a car accident at the age of 25.
Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News contributed to this report