|Intro||American actress, singer, dancer|
|Was||Actor Singer Dancer Stage actor Television actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America Canada|
|Field||Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music|
|Birth||1 December 1926, Grand-Mère, Quebec, Canada|
|Death||21 May 2018, North Bend, King County, Washington, USA (aged 91 years)|
Allyn Ann McLerie (December 1, 1926 – May 21, 2018) was 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.
Life and career
McLerie was born in Grand-Mère, Quebec, Canada, the only child of Vera Alma MacTaggart (née Stewart; 1897–1980) and Allan Gordon McLerie, an aviator (1888–1926). She moved with her widowed mother to the United States at age one. (McLerie's mother, Vera, died on her daughter's 54th birthday in 1980 at age 83.) Allyn studied dancing at a studio in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and 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 played Amy Spettigue in the 1948 Broadway production of Where's Charley? (Theatre World Award).
A life member of The Actors Studio, McLerie's other Broadway credits include Miss Liberty, the drama Time Limit, Redhead (understudying Gwen Verdon), and West Side Story. McLerie danced as a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre during its 1950–51 European and South American tour.
Perhaps some of McLerie's better-known film appearances are as Amy in Where's Charley? (1952), Katie Brown in Calamity Jane (1953), Shirley in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and as The Crazy Woman in Jeremiah Johnson (1972). Other film work includes Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954), The Cowboys (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Cinderella Liberty (1973), All the President's Men (1976), and TV movies such as Born Innocent (1974) and Death Scream (1975).
She 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 acerbic and priggish secretary, on The Tony Randall Show (1976–78).
McLerie played the recurring role of Arthur Carlson's wife Carmen on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82). She appeared in three episodes of Punky Brewster alongside her husband, George Gaynes (1984). She also appeared as Florence Bickford, the title character's mother on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987–91). Her last role was on an episode of Brooklyn Bridge in 1993.
McLerie was married to the lyricist/librettist Adolph Green from 1945 until their divorce in May 1953. She was also married to actor George Gaynes from 1953 until his death in 2016. The couple had two children, Matt Gaynes (1959–1989) and Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown.
McLerie died at her home in North Bend, Washington, on May 21, 2018, at the age of 91, from Alzheimer's disease.
|1948||Words and Music||Singer in Garrick Gaeities||Uncredited|
|1952||Where's Charley?||Amy Spettigue|
|1952||The Desert Song||Azuri|
|1953||Calamity Jane||Katie Brown|
|1954||Phantom of the Rue Morgue||Yvonne|
|1955||Battle Cry||Ruby - Waitress in Diner|
|1962||40 Pounds of Trouble||Blanchard's secretary||Uncredited|
|1969||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Shirl|
|1970||Monte Walsh||Mary Eagle|
|1972||The Cowboys||Ellen Price|
|1972||Jeremiah Johnson||Crazy Woman|
|1972||The Magnificent Seven Ride||Mrs. Donavan|
|1973||The Way We Were||Rhea Edwards|
|1973||Cinderella Liberty||Miss Watkins|
|1974||France société anonyme||L'Américaine|
|1974||Born Innocent||Emma Lasko||TV movie|
|1975||Death Scream||Alice Whitmore||TV movie|
|1976||All the President's Men||Carolyn Abbott|
|1983||Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story||Audrey Williams||TV movie|
|1994||Police Academy: Mission to Moscow||Irina Petrovskaya||Uncredited, (final film role)|