- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Elizabeth Allen, a Tony Award-nominated actress known to early television fans as the “Away We Go” girl on “The Jackie Gleason Show,” died of kidney failure Sept. 19 at a nursing home. She was 77.

In 1953, already a veteran fashion model, Miss Allen had a role on the Gleason show introducing segments with “And away we go” — which, like “How sweet it is,” was a popular Gleason catchphrase.

After several years as a member of the Helen Hayes Repertory Company in New York City, Miss Allen’s break on Broadway came in 1957 as Juliet in David Merrick’s “Romanoff and Juliet.”

She was nominated for a Tony in 1965 as best actress in a musical, for playing a spinster who briefly finds love in Venice in “Do I Hear a Waltz?”

Earlier, in 1962, she was nominated as best featured actress in a musical for “The Gay Life.”

On television, she played Paul Lynde’s wife on the 1970s sitcom “The Paul Lynde Show” and was also in the casts of “Bracken’s World” and Don Rickles’ sitcom “C.P.O. Sharkey.” Her guest appearance credits included “Kojak,” “Dr. Kildare” and “The Twilight Zone,” appearing in a memorable 1960 segment about a department store in which the mannequins come to life.

She was also in a few feature films.

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