June Allyson

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Vivacious blonde MGM star of the 1940s and 50s, in light comedies, musicals and romances, with a likably hoarse, slightly flat voice and a wistful girl-next-door quality. After a successful career on Broadway, Allyson ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1917 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Ann Miller: I'm Still Here 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Powell: Thanks a Million 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Solid Ones 1999 (Movie)

Joey's Grandma (Actor)

Jimmy Stewart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Private Screenings: June Allyson 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1984 - 1985, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Et la terreur commence 1978 (Movie)

Madame Grant (Actor)

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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20th Century Follies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Watkins (Actor)

The Perry Como Special 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

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Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger in My Arms 1958 (Movie)

Christina Beasley (Actor)

Interlude 1957 (Movie)

Helen Banning (Actor)

My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

Ellie Andrews (Actor)

Strategic Air Command 1955 (Movie)

Sally Holland (Actor)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

Butch (Actor)

Executive Suite 1954 (Movie)

Mary Blemond Walling (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Helen Miller (Actor)

The Shrike 1954 (Movie)

Ann Downs (Actor)

Woman's World 1954 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

Battle Circus 1952 (Movie)

Lt Ruth McCcara (Actor)

Too Young to Kiss 1951 (Movie)

Cynthia (aka "Molly") Potter (Actor)

Right Cross 1950 (Movie)

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Little Women 1948 (Movie)

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Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

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Music For Millions 1945 (Movie)

Barbara Ainsworth (Actor)

Best Foot Forward (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

Curse of the Black Widow (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Crazy (Movie)

Specialty (Actor)

Good News (Movie)

Connie Lane (Actor)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (Movie)

Leslie Odell (Actor)

Letters From Three Lovers (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the People (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Remains to Be Seen (Movie)

Jody Revere (Actor)

See the Man Run (TV Show)

Actor

The Bride Goes Wild (Movie)

Martha Terryton (Actor)

The Girl in White (Movie)

Dr. Emily Dunning (Actor)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

Kathleen Maguire (Actor)

The Sailor Takes a Wife (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Secret Heart (Movie)

Penny Addams (Actor)

The Stratton Story (Movie)

Ethel Stratton (Actor)

These Old Broads (TV Show)

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

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Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Three on a Date (TV Show)

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Till the Clouds Roll By (Movie)

Guest Performer (Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Patsy Deyo (Actor)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

Martha Canford Chandler (Actor)

Biography

Vivacious blonde MGM star of the 1940s and 50s, in light comedies, musicals and romances, with a likably hoarse, slightly flat voice and a wistful girl-next-door quality. After a successful career on Broadway, Allyson appeared in several shorts and then made her feature debut, recreating her peppy ingenue role in the film version of the 1941 Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward" (1943). Usually cast as sweet and wholesomely girlish types, Allyson brought an occasionally tomboyish quality to roles in films including "Good News" (1947) and "Little Women" (1949). She made a popular romantic team with the boyishly disarming Van Johnson, with whom she co-starred in five films ranging from the musical "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944) to the rather strange drama "High Barbaree" (1947) to the farce "The Bride Goes Wild" (1948). Allyson's charmingly froggy singing voice also enhanced the appeal of such comic songs as "Thou Swell" and "Cleopatterer".

Relationships

David Ashrow

Husband
Married October 1976 until her death July 8, 2006; acted together on stage in "My Daughter, Your Son"

Clara Geisman

Mother
died in 1995

Peter Lawford Actor

Companion

Alfred Glenn Maxwell

Husband
Remarried 1966 Divorced second time 1970

Dick Powell Actor

Husband
Married August 19, 1945 until his death in 1963

Pamela Powell

Daughter
adopted in 1948 served as Director

Richard Powell

Son
born in 1950 portrayed his father in "The Day of the Locust"

Milestones

1994

Was one of the hosts of the musical compilation documentary, "That's Entertainment III"

1990

Last film acting role in ""Stranger in My House"

1984

Signed long-term contract with Kimberly Clark to be a commercial spokesperson for the company's products Depends & Poise

1978

Made one-shot return to films in "Blackout"

1972

Returned to films in "They Only Kill Their Masters"

1969

Succeeded Julie Harris as star of the Broadway play "40 Carats"; first stage role in two decades

1959

Played last feature starring role in "Stranger in My Arms"; was also last film for 13 years

1959

Starred in the TV anthology series, "The June Allyson Show"

1956

Last film for MGM for many years, "The Opposite Sex"; film was also her last musical

1955

Made annual exhibitors poll, sponsored by the "Motion Picture Herald", of the top ten boxoffice stars; placed 9th

1953

Last of five films opposite Van Johnson, "Remains to Be Seen"

1948

Last appearance in a musical until the mid-1950s, near the end of her contract with MGM, "Words and Music", in which she was one of many guest stars; performed the song, "Thou Swell"; for the rest of her career, concentrated on comedies and dramas

1946

Starred in first dramatic film, "The Secret Heart"

1943

Established as a star with the musical films, "Music for Millions" and "Two Girls and a Sailor", the latter her first opposite Van Johnson

1942

First feature film as actress, "Best Foot Foward", recreating her stage role

1940

Garnered attention in a prominent supporting role in the Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward", choreographed by Gene Kelly

1940

Understudied Betty Hutton in the stage musical "Panama Hattie", starring Ethel Merman

1939

Acted in the stage musical "Very Warm for May", directed by Vincente Minnelli

1938

Worked in educational films

1937

Appeared in Vitaphone short films; debut, "Swing For Sale"

Danced in chorus line at Copacabana nightclub in NYC

Headlined the national tour of the stage musical "No, No Nanette" in the 1970s

Began appearing opposite third husband in the stage play "My Daughter, Your Son"

At age eight, injured when tree limb fell on her; wore braces for four years

Entered Amateur Night dance contests in the Bronx

Performed in chorus line of Broadway musical, "Sing Out the News" at age 20

Bonus Trivia

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There is an official Web site devoted to the actress at www.juneallyson.com

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In 1988, Allyson was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Council on Aging.

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