Jackie Gleason’s widow, Marilyn Taylor Gleason, dies in Fort Lauderdale

Marilyn Taylor Gleason – widow of The Great One and sister of “Jackie Gleason Show” choreographer June Taylor – died Tuesday night at 93 in Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

“She was a woman ahead of her time. She was comfortable in her own life,” said Craig Horwich, Marilyn’s son from her first marriage, who spent his teen years living with her and Gleason in the family’s 14-room mansion at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill.

Marilyn Taylor was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Chicago, the daughter of Angeline and Percival Taylor and younger sister of June, who had dreams of being a dancer.

After June recovered from tuberculosis in the late 1930s, Marilyn joined her on the road as her assistant. Throughout World War II, “Mom worked for good pay – none,” Horwich said.

Gleason, who had recently separated from his wife, Genevieve, began seeing Marilyn.