June Allyson

Born Oct 7, 1917

June Allyson was an American stage, film and television actress. Allyson began her career as a dancer on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor. Allyson's "girl next door" image was solidified during the mid-1940s when she was paired with actor Van Johnson in five films. In 1951, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Young to Kiss.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on October 7, 1917.
1918 Birth In April 1918 (when Allyson was six months old), her alcoholic father, who had worked as a janitor, abandoned the family. … Read More
1925 7 Years Old In 1925 (when Allyson was eight), a tree branch fell on her while she was riding on her tricycle with her pet terrier in tow. … Read More


1940 22 Years Old When Vitaphone discontinued New York production in 1940, Allyson returned to the New York stage to take on more chorus roles in Rodgers and Hart's Higher and Higher (1940) and Cole Porter's Panama Hattie (1940). … Read More
1943 25 Years Old After her appearance in the Broadway musical, Allyson was selected for the 1943 film version of Best Foot Forward. … Read More
1945 27 Years Old On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer some consternation by marrying Dick Powell. … Read More


1950 32 Years Old In 1950 Allyson had been signed to appear opposite her childhood idol Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production because of pregnancy. (She was replaced initially by Judy Garland, and later by Jane Powell.) In 1956 she starred with a young rising star named Jack Lemmon in the musical comedy, You Can't Run Away From It. … Read More


1961 43 Years Old In 1961, Allyson underwent a kidney operation and later, throat surgery, temporarily affecting her trademark raspy voice. The couple briefly separated in 1961, but reconciled and remained married until his death on January 2, 1963. … Read More
1963 45 Years Old Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963 to 1975, was named legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition. … Read More


1970 52 Years Old Powell's wealth made it possible for Allyson effectively to retire from show business after his death, making only occasional appearances on talk and variety shows. Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in 1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of No, No, Nanette. … Read More
1976 58 Years Old In 1976, Allyson married David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor. … Read More


1988 70 Years Old As a personal friend of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, she was invited to many White House dinners, and in 1988, Reagan appointed her to the Federal Council on Aging. … Read More
1993 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, her name also made headlines when actor-turned-agent Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with not paying his large commission on the earlier deal on incontinence product advertising. … Read More
1994 76 Years Old Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators. … Read More
1996 78 Years Old In 1996, Allyson became the first recipient of the Harvey Award, presented by the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation, in recognition of her positive contributions to the world of entertainment. … Read More
1998 80 Years Old The American Urogynecologic Society established the June Allyson Foundation in 1998 made possible by a grant from Kimberly-Clark. … Read More
2003 85 Years Old Following hip-replacement surgery in 2003, Allyson's health began to deteriorate.
2006 88 Years Old 1 More Event
With her husband at her side, she died July 8, 2006, aged 88 at her home in Ojai, California. … Read More
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