|Born||Bambina Aennchen Linnemier
April 26, 1926
Linn trained extensively with noted choreographer Agnes de Mille. At the age of seventeen, she made her Broadway debut in the original production of Oklahoma! (1943). Along with actor George S. Irving, she is one of the last two surviving cast members of Oklahoma!'s opening night.
De Mille used her again as Louise in Carousel (1945), for which she earned a Theatre World Award. Linn repeated the role in the 1957 revival at City Center. Her other Broadway credits include the title role in Alice in Wonderland (1947) and Blanche in I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962). Linn, who was also a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre, continued making occasional stage appearances until the early 1980s.
In the 1950s, Linn was best known as half of a ballroom dance team with her first husband, Rod Alexander. The two made frequent appearances on TV's Your Show of Shows, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Toast of the Town, and Max Liebman Presents, among others. Linn made only one film appearance: as the fantasy Laurey in the extended "Dream Ballet" sequence in Oklahoma! (1955). She and Alexander created a similar dream ballet for the live 1955 broadcast of The Desert Song.
Linn has four children, and raised them in Westport, Connecticut.
- "On This Day in History: April 26 Bambi Up On Her Toes". Brooklyn Eagle. 2007-04-26. Archived from the original on 2011-10-22.
- Myers, Eric. "Romberg: The Desert Song. Opera News, April 2011, Vol. 75, No. 10, accessed June 16, 2011
- Bambi Linn at the Internet Broadway Database
- Bambi Linn at the Internet Movie Database
- Brief article on Bambi Linn
- Photograph of Rod Alexander and Bambi Linn
- Wilk, Max. OK! The Story of Oklahoma!: A Celebration of America's Most Beloved Musical. Rev. ed. New York: Applause Books, 2002. ISBN 1-55783-555-1.