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Spencer Henderson III was a Broadway dancer and choreographer. Credits include Steel Magnolias, Footloose, and TV's The Love Boat. He died on November 14, 1993, at his family's home in Fort Worth. He was 44.
The cause was AIDS, said Harold Fairbanks, a friend.
Mr. Henderson danced on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" and "Jesus Christ, Superstar" and in the national company of "Zorba." He performed in "Liza" at the Winter Garden and in nightclub acts with Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. He also danced on many television programs, including the "Tonight" Show and "The Merv Griffin Show" as well as a number of awards specials.
He choreographed the stage show "David Copperfield IV" and the film "Steel Magnolias," and was the assistant choreographer for "Footloose," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and the television series "The Love Boat."
Spencer Henderson trained at the Joffrey and Harkness schools in New York and graduated from the National Ballet Academic School in Washington, D.C. in 1967. He danced on Broadway with the Theater Dance Collection and toured with Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, and Chita Rivera before moving to California to work on film choreography.
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The Odessa American (Odessa, Texas) 18 Nov 1993, Thu • Page 11