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episode 174: Oscar Winner George Chakiris Shares His West Side Story


Following your instincts is the way to go. Just ask my guest who followed his instincts and became an Oscar winner and Hollywood legend. 


My guest, George Chakiris and I discuss:

  • His mentor Eduard Caso
  • Dancing with Marilyn Monroe in the infamous Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend dance number
  • Almost getting a kiss from Marilyn Monroe 
  • Dancing with Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas
  • Working with Judy Garland and teaching Liza dance steps
  • Landing a 7-year deal at Paramount
  • Auditioning for the stage play, and playing Riff in the London version of West Side Story
  • Working with Chita Rivera
  • Working with Jerry Robbins
  • A history of the play, West Side Story
  • Famous people that auditioned for roles in the movie adaption of West Side Story
  • Auditioning and landing the role of Bernardo in the movie adaption of West Side Story
  • Winning the Oscar for West Side Story
  • George's memoir, "My West Side Story"


You're going to love my conversation with George Chakiris

Our Guest, George Chakiris

  • Website
  • IMDB
  • George's Memoir


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 2022-10-17  50m