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Carol Haney
Born Carolyn Haney
December 24, 1924 (1924-12-24)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Died May 10, 1964 (1964-05-11)
Saddle Back, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Eugene Dorian Johnson (1945-1953)
Larry Blyden (1955-1962)

Carol Haney (December 24, 1924 – May 10, 1964) was an American dancer and actress.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she opened a dancing school when she was fifteen years old. After high school, Haney left her home town for Hollywood and landed bit parts in movies until she was spotted by legendary dancer/choreographer Jack Cole, becoming his dance partner and assistant from 1946-8. In 1949, Haney was hired by Gene Kelly to be his assistant choreographer, and aided Kelly in some of his best work, including On the Town, Summer Stock, An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain, and Kelly's dream project, Invitation to the Dance. When Haney danced with Bob Fosse in Kiss Me, Kate, she impressed Fosse so much that he compared her to Marilyn Monroe. When Fosse landed his first Broadway choreographing assignment for The Pajama Game, he recommended that Haney be cast in a small dancing part. When Haney joined the cast, she impressed director George Abbott so much that Abbott took her role and combined it with a major part, resulting in the character of Gladys Hotchkiss. The role shot Haney to instant fame in 1954, and won her a Tony Award, and two Donaldson awards.

Carol Haney is indirectly responsible for actress Shirley MacLaine's rise to fame. MacLaine was Haney's understudy on The Pajama Game, and had heard stories from other dancers that Haney had one of the most durable bodies around. Because of this, MacLaine thought that she would never get a break, and was about to hand in her resignation and audition to be Gwen Verdon's understudy role in Can Can. That day, a month into the run, Haney injured her leg, and MacLaine was put on in her place. The crowd booed and hissed when they found out that Haney would not be performing that night, but MacLaine's long career in show business was started.

Haney continued to work after her big break on stage, appearing frequently on television and choreographing several Broadway shows (Bravo Giovanni, Flower Drum Song, Funny Girl). She recreated her performance as Gladys in the film version of The Pajama Game (1957).

Haney was married to Broadway actor and TV host Larry Blyden from 1955 to 1962. The couple had two children, Joshua (1957-2000) and Ellen, born in 1960.

Haney died in 1964, some months into the run of Funny Girl, the show that she was choreographing. Her death, caused by pneumonia, was complicated by diabetes and alcoholism.

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