MIAMI BEACH — June Taylor, the Emmy-winning choreographer for Jackie Gleason's television variety show and later the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad, died Monday. She was 86.
Taylor died at the Miami Heart Institute. A cause of death was not immediately announced.
She founded the June Taylor Dancers in 1942 and made her television debut in 1948 on "The Toast of the Town," starring Ed Sullivan. Two years later, she joined Gleason on "Cavalcade of Stars," winning an Emmy for her choreography in 1954.
"Her choreography complemented Jackie's musical shows and especially his own musical talents," her nephew, Craig Horwich, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for its Tuesday editions.
Gleason's show and the entourage that included Taylor helped give Miami Beach six years of showbiz glamour that is credited by some as helping to change the face of South Florida.