Jun. 4, 2011 Coupeville Island County Washington, USA
Betty Taylor, who played Slue Foot Sue in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue, died Saturday at the age of 91 – one day after her longtime performing partner in the show, Wally Boag, passed away.
Taylor began playing the role in 1956, one year after Boag started, and continued until the show ended nearly 31 years later.
During a run that lasted nearly 45,000 performances – a record for female performers as Boag's was for males – Taylor played to nearly 10 million people.
Taylor was born in Seattle, started taking dance lessons at the age of 3, and at the age of 12 was in her first professional stage production in Vancouver, British Columbia.
She had a few small roles in movies after World War II, but spent more time entertaining on stage and working with a variety of big-band leaders such as Les Brown. She also had a stint in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra.
In 1956, she heard about auditions for Walt Disney's show at Disneyland, auditioned and got the part. She stayed in the role until she retired after the show ended.
Taylor once described her stage character of Slue Foot Sue as "not a hard character, but rather like a Mae West or a Kitty on the vintage television series ‘Gunsmoke.'
Taylor was inducted as a Disney legend alongside Boag in 1995.