June Allyson

Lowest Rated: 20% The Opposite Sex (1956)
Birthday: Oct 7, 1917
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Though she despised the appellation "the girl next door," this was how June Allyson was promoted throughout most of her MGM career. The blonde, raspy-voiced actress was born in a tenement section of the Bronx. Her career nearly ended before it began when 8-year-old June seriously injured her back in a fall. For four years she wore a steel brace, then spent several more months in physical therapy. Thanks to the financial support of her grown half-brother, June was able to take dancing lessons. At 19, she made her film debut in the Vitaphone short Swing for Sale (1937). In her earliest movie appearances (notably the 1937 Educational Studios 2-reeler Dime a Dance) June projected a far more worldly, all-knowing image than she would convey in her later feature films. After co-starring in such Broadway productions as Sing Out the News, Very Warm for May and Panama Hattie and Best Foot Forward, June was signed to an MGM contract in 1942. The studio quickly began molding June's screen image of a freckled-faced, peaches-and-cream "best girl" and perfect wife. She was permitted to display some grit in The Girl in White (1952), playing New York City's first woman doctor, but most of her screen characters were quietly subordinate to the male leads. One of her favorite co-stars was James Stewart, with whom she appeared in The Stratton Story (1949) and The Glenn Miller Story (1954). In 1955, she completely broke away from her on-camera persona as the spiteful wife of Jose Ferrer in The Shrike (1955), a role for which she was personally selected by the demanding Ferrer. June was the wife of actor/ producer/ director Dick Powell, a union that lasted from 1945 until Powell's death in 1963, despite several well-publicized breakups. She starred in and hosted the 1960 TV anthology series The June Allyson Show, produced by Powell's Four Star Productions. After her film career ended, June made a handful of nightclub singing appearances; in 1972, she made a brief screen comeback in They Only Kill Their Masters, astonishing her fans by playing a murderess. In recent years, June Allyson has appeared in several TV commercials.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% That's Entertainment! III Host 1994
No Score Yet The Kid with the Broken Halo Dorothea Powell 1982
No Score Yet Blackout (New York Blackout) Mrs. Grant 1978
No Score Yet Vega$ Actor 1978
No Score Yet Curse of the Black Widow Actor 1977
No Score Yet They Only Kill Their Masters Mrs. Watkins 1972
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey Irene Bullock 1957
No Score Yet Interlude Helen Banning 1957
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It Ellie Andrews 1956
20% The Opposite Sex Kay 1956
No Score Yet Strategic Air Command Sally Holland 1955
No Score Yet The McConnell Story Pearl 'Butch' Brown 1955
No Score Yet Woman's World Katie 1954
100% Executive Suite Mary Blemond Walling 1954
88% The Glenn Miller Story Helen Burger Miller 1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus Lt. Ruth McGara 1953
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss Cynthia Potter 1952
No Score Yet Right Cross Pat O'Malley 1950
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead Kathleen 'Kathy' Maguire 1950
86% The Stratton Story Ethel 1949
83% Little Women Jo 1949
20% Words and Music Herself 1948
75% The Three Musketeers Constance Bonacieux 1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Actor 1948
100% Good News Connie Lane 1947
No Score Yet High Barbaree Nancy Fraser 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Jane Witherspoon/Lou Ellen Carter 1947
No Score Yet The Secret Heart Penny Addams 1946
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Martha Canford Chandler 1946
No Score Yet The Sailor Takes a Wife Mary 1945
No Score Yet Her Highness and The Bellboy Actor 1945
No Score Yet Music for Millions Barbara Ainsworth 1944
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Patsy Deyo 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Actor 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People Annie 1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Specialty 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Guest 1943
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Ethel 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Katie Simmons
  • 1984
No Score Yet House Calls
1979-1982
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Dr. Kate Lowell
  • 1979

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