FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Elizabeth Allen, a Tony Award-nominated actress familiar for her role as "The Away We Go" girl on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died Sept. 19 of kidney failure at a nursing home. She was 77.
Ms. Allen was born Elizabeth Ellen Gillease on Jan. 25, 1929, in Jersey City, N.J., and was a fashion model with the Ford Modeling Agency before she began acting. In 1953, she landed the part introducing the Gleason show with the catchphrase "And away we go!"
After several years as a member of the Helen Hayes Repertory Company in New York City, Ms. Allen's break on Broadway came as Juliet in David Merrick's 1957 production of ``Romanoff and Juliet."
She was nominated for a Tony as best featured actress in a musical for "The Gay Life" in 1962 and in 1965 as best actress in a musical for her performance in Richard Rodgers's ``Do I Hear a Waltz?"
Ms. Allen's film career included roles in "Diamond Head" with Charlton Heston, "Donovans Reef" with John Wayne, and "From the Terrace" with Paul Newman.
Her other films included "The Star Spangled Girl" and "The Carey Treatment." She played Paul Lynde's wife on the 1970s sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show" and was also in the casts of "Bracken's World," Don Rickles's sitcom "C. P. O. Sharkey," and the soap operas "Another World" and "Texas."
Ms. Allen appeared on other television shows, including ``Kojak" and ``Mannix," and sang at the Stork Club in New York.