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Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameChester Lord Chamberlin
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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Was primarily a choreographer of Broadway stage, screen, and ice shows. Began his career in 1915 in New York as a dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, under Nijinsky. Toured with the troupe for two years, after which he joined the Anna Pavlova dance company in Buenos Aires.

Returned to the U.S. and worked as both a performer and a choreographer. Began staging dance numbers in Broadway productions by 1928. Choreographed Irene Castle's vaudeville act that toured the U.S. during the twenties. Formed and managed a Broadway chorus line known as the Chester Hale Girls, and founded the Chester Hale Dance Studio in New York City,

M-G-M brought him to Hollywood, where he staged dance numbers in several movies, including A Night at the Opera (1935), and Rose-Marie (1936). Reportedly taught Greta Garbo the mazurka for Anna Karenina (1935).

Was a contemporary of Busby Berkeley, and made important contributions to dance choreography during the period. Credited with giving Alice Faye, Jessie Matthews, and Miriam Hopkins their first breaks, as chorus girls.

During the 1940's and 1950's staged and directed thirteen editions of the Ice Capades, as well as editions of Holiday on Ice.

Retired in 1959.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: filmlover

Spouse (1)

Helen Margaret Marine (20 November 1940 - 11 May 1977) ( her death)

Trivia (1)

Father: Wilbur Johnson Chamberlin; Mother: Laura Moffett.

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