Sunday, January 22, 2012
Meredith Baylis, BHS 1947
Baylis died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank on July 26 of complications from heart surgery.
Of Scottish-Irish descent, Baylis was born in Burbank on April 4, 1929, and came from a theatrical family. Her great-aunt Lilian Baylis was the director of London's Old Vic Theatre from which both the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Ballet eventually emerged. She studied ballet locally and in New York, graduated from Burbank High School in 1947 and shortly afterward joined a national touring company of the musical "Carousel." She later danced on Broadway in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Can-Can" and "The Girl in Pink Tights."