Daughter of 'Tin Man' Jack Haley dies at 83

Gloria Haley Parnassus appeared in several films in the '50s

Gloria Haley Parnassus, the daughter of "Wizard of Oz" Tin Man Jack Haley, died May 1 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. She was 83.

Haley's mother was vaudeville dancer Florence McFadden and her brother was Jack Haley Jr., the man behind the "That's Entertainment!" films at MGM who produced or directed several Academy Awards telecasts.

According to her grandson Bernie Bregman, Gloria Haley dated actors Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake and DeForest Kelley. She was married to composer, director and producer Buddy Bregman and Dr. William Parnassus, with whom she remained until his death four years ago.

Haley appeared in several films in the 1950s before becoming a full-time mother, and she was involved in several charities along with her friend, actress Betty White.

In addition to Bernie Bregman, survivors include children Barry Bregman and Adrienne Becker and grandson Adam Bregman.

Memorial services will be held Friday at the main masoleum at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City, and she will be laid to rest in a section purchased in the 1940s by the Haley and Bing Crosby families.
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