Disney's "Golden Horseshoe" Loses Second Veteran Star in Two Days

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    Betty Taylor is seen here with Wally Boag, during one of their many hilarious performances at Disneyland. (Photo Courtesy of the Walt Disney Co.)

    Betty Taylor, who played Slue Foot Sue in Disneyland's longrunning Golden Horseshoe Revue, died Saturday -- one day after the death of her longtime partner in the revue, Wally Boag, died, it was reported today.

    Taylor was 91 and died at her home in Washington state, Disneyland announced on its website.

    "We are deeply saddened by the loss of a second Disney Legend in just two days -- Betty Taylor," George Kalogridis, president, Disneyland Resort, said on the web. "Betty's role as leading lady in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue helped turn it into the longest-running stage show in entertainment history.

    "It is a tragic coincidence that her passing comes just one day after the death of longtime co-star Wally Boag," Kalogridis said.

    As Slue Foot Sue, Taylor played the sweetheart to Boag's Pecos Bill character in nearly 45,000 performances.

    Born in Seattle, Wash., Taylor began taking dance lessons at age three and by 12, appeared in her first professional stage production in Vancouver, British Colombia. At 14, she sang and danced in nightclubs across the country, and by 18, led her own band called Betty and Her Beaus, which included 16 male musicians, and appeared regularly at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle.

    In 1956, while living in Los Angeles and performing as a drum player with a musical group, Taylor heard about auditions for a singing-and-hoofing job in Walt Disney's new theme park, Disneyland.

    Taylor retired from the Golden Horseshoe Revue in 1987. She continued to appear in special events, such as Walt Disney's Wild West, a retrospective of Walt's vision of the American West that was showcased in 1995 at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.
    Betty Taylor, who played Slue Foot Sue in Disneyland's longrunning Golden Horseshoe Revue, died Saturday -- one day after the death of her longtime partner in the revue, Wally Boag, died, it was reported today.

    Taylor was 91 and died at her home in Washington state, Disneyland announced on its website.

    "We are deeply saddened by the loss of a second Disney Legend in just two days -- Betty Taylor," George Kalogridis, president, Disneyland Resort, said on the web. "Betty's role as leading lady in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue helped turn it into the longest-running stage show in entertainment history.

    "It is a tragic coincidence that her passing comes just one day after the death of longtime co-star Wally Boag," Kalogridis said.

    As Slue Foot Sue, Taylor played the sweetheart to Boag's Pecos Bill character in nearly 45,000 performances.

    Born in Seattle, Wash., Taylor began taking dance lessons at age three and by 12, appeared in her first professional stage production in Vancouver, British Colombia. At 14, she sang and danced in nightclubs across the country, and by 18, led her own band called Betty and Her Beaus, which included 16 male musicians, and appeared regularly at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle.

    In 1956, while living in Los Angeles and performing as a drum player with a musical group, Taylor heard about auditions for a singing-and-hoofing job in Walt Disney's new theme park, Disneyland.

    Taylor retired from the Golden Horseshoe Revue in 1987. She continued to appear in special events, such as Walt Disney's Wild West, a retrospective of Walt's vision of the American West that was showcased in 1995 at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.