Allyn Ann McLerie worked on Broadway throughout the '40s and toured with the American Ballet Theatre from 1950 to 1951. Entering the world of film in 1952, she first reprised her stage role as Amy Spettigue in the film version of "Where's Charley?," and followed with the part of Katie Brown in "Calamity Jane," with Doris Day and Howard Keel. After a temporary retirement McLerie reemerged as a reliable character actress in the mid '60s, turning in a powerful performance in Sydney Pollack's 1969 downer drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" She appeared in a number of films with Robert Redford, including "The Way We Were," "Jeremiah Johnson," and the legendary political drama "All the President's Men." Her later career was made up mostly of television roles, notably as Tony Randall's spinsterish assistant on "The Tony Randall Show," as Arthur Carlson's wife on "WKRP in Cincinnati," and as the mother of the title character on "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd." She was married to actor George Gaynes until his death in 2016. Ayyln Ann McLerie died at her home in North Bend, Washington on May 21, 2018. She was 91.
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Made her Broadway debut in Kurt Weill''s "One Touch of Venus"
Cast as Amy Spettigue in the Broadway production of "Where's Charley?"
Reprised role of Amy in film version of "Where's Charley?"
Cast opposite Doris Day and Howard Keel in "Calamity Jane"
Turned in a powerful performance in Sydney Pollack's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Portrayed the Crazy Woman in Robert Redford star vehicle "Jeremiah Johnson"
Re-teamed with Redford in "The Way We Were"
Played Miss Janet Reubner on "The Tony Randall Show"
Appeared with Redford again in "All the President's Men"
Cast as Arthur Carlson's wife Carmen on "WKRP in Cincinnati"
Cast alongside husband George Gaynes on multiple episodes of "Punky Brewster"
Had her most well-known role as Florence Bickford, Molly's mother, on "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"
Had her final credited role as Emma Brooks on a pair of episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge"
Last seen on screen in an uncredited role in the comedy sequel "Police Academy: Mission to Moscow"