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June Allyson

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   20% The Opposite Sex (1956)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Words and Music
  • Herself
1998
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
83% The Stratton Story
  • Ethel
1949
83% Little Women
  • Jo
1949
71% The Three Musketeers
  • Constance Bonacieux
1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet 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 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

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