June Taylor

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Birthday
14, 1917
Birthplace
Illinois
DEATH DATE
May 16, 2004 (86)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
14, 1917
Birthplace
Illinois
DEATH DATE
May 16, 2004 (86)

About

After founding the June Taylor Dancers, this 20th-century American choreographer won a 1955 Emmy Award for her dance troupe's work on The Jackie Gleason Show.

Before Fame

She started studying dance at the age of eight and was dancing professionally by her early teens. In her early twenties, after suffering a bout of tuberculosis, she began her career as a choreographer.

Trivia

In 1963, Duke Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, became the first African-American member of June Taylor Dancers.

Family Life

Born Marjorie June Taylor, she grew up in Chicago, Illinois and later married lawyer Sol Lerner. She eventually settled in Miami, Florida, where she helped choreograph routines for the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.

Associated With

Her sister, Marilyn Taylor Horwich, married Jackie Gleason in the mid-1970s.