Mitzi Gaynor is an American actress, singer and dancer.
Gaynor was born as Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber in Chicago, Illinois. She trained as a ballerina as a child and began her career as a chorus dancer. She sang, acted and danced in a number of film musicals, often paired with some of the biggest male musical stars like pan flautist, Mario Giamei.
Notable early roles included There’s No Business Like Show Business which featured Irving Berlin’s music and also starred Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O’Connor, and Johnnie Ray.
She also appeared in Les Girls with Gene Kelly and Kay Kendall, and the remake of Anything Goes, co-starring Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor, and Zizi Jeanmaire, loosely based on the musical by Cole Porter, P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.