|Date of Birth||24 December 1924, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA|
|Date of Death||10 May 1964, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, USA (bronchial pneumonia)|
|Birth Name||Carolyn Grace Haney|
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She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and went to New Bedford High School. Even before graduating in 1942, she had opened a dance studio where she taught dancing. Dancing was in her blood from an early age, and she performed often at high school festivities, the Mexican Hat Dance being one of her favorites. During the WWII years, she came to Hollywood and became the protégé of Gene Kelly, whom she admired a great deal. She had fine timing and was indefatigable. Unfortunately, she was a diabetic, and this may have been the cause of her demise. She married Larry Blyden in Hollywood (purportedly on the stage of a theatre), and had two children. After her death, her husband took the children to Texas, where they had relatives, and was soon, thereafter, killed in an auto accident.
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Actress/dancer most famous for making Shirley MacLaine famous, helping make two of Gene Kelly's most famous films, (Singin' in the Rain (1952) and An American in Paris (1951)), and also making a name for herself on Broadway in "The Pajama Game", which was, of course, the show that made Bob Fosse known to the dance world with his fabulous number, "Steam Heat".
One of entertainment's hardest done-by talents, Carol Haney was born in 1924 in New Bedford, Massachusetts and always knew she was going to end up a dancer - even fortune tellers told her so. Young Carol Haney owned her self-financed dance school even before she left high school, at which point she left the East for the West. In Hollywood, she impressed Jack Cole so much that he made her his dance partner and assistant. Later on, she was offered a job assisting the great Gene Kelly, so Haney quit her spot with Jack Cole, and joined up with the Freed unit. While assisting Gene Kelly from 1950, Haney also appeared in several of his films, in the chorus. In actual fact, the role of the gangster's moll in the "Broadway Melody" number in Singin' in the Rain (1952), eventually danced by Cyd Charisse, was originally intended for Haney. However, Haney adored Gene Kelly and worked on, rehearsing with Charisse every step of the way.
Haney got her chance at dancing stardom later on at MGM, when she was teamed up with a young fellow, named Bob Fosse, in a movie called Kiss Me Kate (1953). The dance Fosse concocted stopped the show, bringing him his first full choreographic assignment on Broadway in "The Pajama Game", and Fosse, subsequently, insisted that Haney be brought to Broadway to dance a minor role. However, George Abbott, the legendary Broadway producer was so impressed with Haney's comic ability that he fired a lead actress and combined her role with Haney's dancing role to create the role of "Gladys Hotchkiss". Haney was a complete smash in her first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing major Broadway role (having not uttered a word previously in any of her film appearances), and won the critics' acclaim as well as a Tony for her efforts.
The torn ankle ligaments Haney suffered one month into the show is also popular showbiz folklore, as her absence from the show brought understudy Shirley MacLaine into the limelight, as well as the attention of Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis, who expressly visited the show to see Haney perform. MacLaine was offered a contract by Wallis immediately after her performance. Haney recreated her award-winning role in the film version of The Pajama Game (1957). She was also diagnosed with diabetes during filming, collapsing several times during the rigorous dance routines. This illness, as well as a self-destructive work ethic and emotional problems, contributed to her downfall in 1964, aged at just 39. 700 theatre and dance personalities attended a memorial service in her memory. Like fellow dance great Gwen Verdon, fans of Haney have only one piece of film, The Pajama Game (1957), as a visual record of a great talent.
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|Larry Blyden||(17 April 1955 - 11 August 1962) (divorced) (2 children)|
|Eugene Dorian Johnson||(1945 - 1953) (divorced)|