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Marge Champion dead: Real-life model for Disney’s Snow White dies aged 101

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Marge followed in the footsteps of her dad, Hollywood ballet teacher, Ernest Belcher, by embarking on a career in Tinseltown.

Her family were friends with Walt Disney, who used Marge as his muse in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Disney’s team monitored her movements in a bid to make the character more authentic.

Marge would perform for the production company two days per month for about two years when she was 14-years-old.

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In 1957, the pair starred together on The Marge and Gower Champion Show, a CBS sitcom in which they performed song-and-dance numbers

Marge made her final appearance on stage as Emily Whitman in the Broadway production of Follies at the age of 81.

Marge is survived by her son, producer and director Gregg Champion, step-son Joey, and step-daughters, Liz, Jean and Katey Sagal.

Fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to the Hollywood star following the sad news of her death.

One person wrote: “Rest in peace to the beautiful Marge Champion, a talented dancer who died at the age of 101.”

Another added: “This is so saddening. RIP Marge Champion. She was a wonderful dancer.”

“RIP Marge Champion, dancer, actress and Snow White model, who died yesterday at the age of 101. 

“She can be with husband Gower now,” a third person commented.

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