Ellen Hanley



Born: May 15, 1926
Lorain, Ohio, USA

Died: February 13, 2007
Norwalk, Connecticut

Ellen Hanley, the musical theatre actress who played the wife of New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in the show Fiorello!, died of a stroke Feb. 13, 2007, in Norwalk, CT. She was 80. Ms. Hanley played opposite Tom Bosley's LaGuardia in the Sheldon Harnick-Jerry Bock Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which ran for 795 performances beginning in 1959. She sang the songs "Til Tomorrow" and "When Did I Fall in Love" in the show.

Obituary: Ms. Hanley, who was born May 15, 1926, in Lorain, OH, made her Broadway debut in Annie Get Your Gun in 1946, playing Mary. She won a Theatre World Award the next year for her performance in Barefoot Boy With Cheek, a George Abbott production. In 1952 she starred in the short-lived Bette Davis revue Two's Company, which had music by Vernon Duke and words by Ogden Nash, and included the minor classic "Roundabout," which Ms. Hanley introduced.

Her other Broadway shows included First Impressions in 1959, The Fig Leaves Are Falling in 1969, and 1776, in which she replaced Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams. She was also a regular in Julius Monk's revues in the 1950s, according to AP.

Her marriage to Ronnie Graham lasted from 1951 to 1963. She is survived by a daughter and a son.



Playbill Cover - 1776 1776
Mar. 16, 1969 - Feb. 13, 1972
Abigail Adams
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Playbill Cover - The Fig Leaves Are Falling The Fig Leaves Are Falling
Jan. 2, 1969 - Jan. 6, 1969
Lillian Stone Standby
Playbill Cover - Fiorello! Fiorello!
Nov. 23, 1959 - Oct. 28, 1961
Thea Performer
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Playbill Cover - First Impressions First Impressions
Mar. 19, 1959 - May 30, 1959
Charlotte Lucas Performer
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    Elizabeth Bennett Understudy
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    Elizabeth Bennett Performer
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Playbill Cover - Two's Company Two's Company
Dec. 15, 1952 - Mar. 8, 1953
Singer of "Roundabout" Performer
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    Singer of "Haunted Hot Spot" Performer
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Playbill Cover - Barefoot Boy with Cheek Barefoot Boy with Cheek
Apr. 3, 1947 - Jul. 5, 1947
Clothilde Pfefferkorn Performer
Playbill Cover - Annie Get Your Gun Annie Get Your Gun
May 16, 1946 - Feb. 12, 1949
Mary Performer

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Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1947 Theatre World Award Barefoot Boy with Cheek Winner
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