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They Shoot Horses, Don`t They?
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Allyn Ann McLerie (born December 1, 1926, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-reared actress, singer and dancer who worked with most of Golden Age musical theatre`s major choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, and Jerome Robbins. McLerie made her Broadway debut as a teenager in Kurt Weill`s One Touch of Venus. She went on to replace Sono Osato as Ivy in On the Town, then created the role of Amy Spettigue in the 1948 Broadway production of Where`s Charley? (Theatre World Award). Her other Broadway credits include Miss Liberty, the drama Time Limit, Redhead (understudying Gwen Verdon), and West Side Story. McLerie also danced as a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre during its 1950-51 European and South American tour.
McLerie was married to the late composer Adolph Green from 1945 until their divorce in May 1953. She has been married to actor George Gaynes since December 20, 1953; they have two children. McLerie`s best-known film appearances are as Amy in Where`s Charley? (1952), Katie Brown in Calamity Jane (1953), and Shirley in They Shoot Horses, Don`t They? (1969). Other film work includes Words and Music (1948) and The Desert Song (1952). McLerie enjoyed a long career as a character actress on television, making frequent guest appearances on shows such as Bonanza, The Waltons, The Love Boat, Barney Miller, Benson, Hart to Hart, St. Elsewhere, and Dynasty, among many others. She played Miss Janet Reubner, Tony Randall`s dour and overbearing, but motherly assistant, on The Tony Randall Show from 1976-1978. McLerie played the recurring role of Arthur Carlson`s wife, Carmen on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82). She is perhaps best remembered for playing Blair Brown`s mother, Florence Bickford, on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd from 1987-1991. Her last role was on an episode of Brooklyn Bridge in 1993.
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Allyn Ann McLerie (born December 1, 1926) is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-reared actress, singer, and dancer who worked with many Golden-Age musical theatre's major choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, and Jerome Robbins.
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Allyn Ann McLerie is married to George Gaynes, they have been married for 62 years (since 20th December, 1953).
She was married to Adolph Green from 1945 to 1953.
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