June Allyson
Actress
June Allyson
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.
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Classic Liz Taylor, Lucille Ball titles released - phillyBurbs.com
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Literary Romance: “Anna Karenina” (1935) with Greta Garbo and Fredric March; “Pride and Prejudice” (1940) with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson; “Madame Bovary” (1949) with Jennifer Jones and Louis Jourdan; and “Little Women” (1949) with June Allyson,
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'Rat Busters NYC,' Green Bay Packers game on tap tonight - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
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Hardly, but the film, which also stars June Allyson, proved to be a big hit with audiences. The plot: Tommy (Lawford) is Tait College's quarterback and the biggest heartthrob on campus. Unfortunately, his preoccupation with football and girls leave
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Joan Blondell Q&A Pt.2: Joan Blondell-Dick Powell-June Allyson Triangle, Lost ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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What did Joan Blondell have to say about the musicals she made for Busby Berkeley? What about Ruby Keeler, James Cagney, and her other fellow contract players? Did she get along with them? [Photo: Joan Blondell in Mervyn LeRoy's Gold Diggers of 1933
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Mother issued 'death sentence' leaves NZ for drug trial - TVNZ
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In June, Allyson said she had already lost muscle strength in her legs and her lungs. A letter from Pharmac admitted she would rapidly decline and die, but they turned down her request for treatment with a drug costing half a million dollars a year
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Citrus brought stars and national publicity - News Chief
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Among the stars to appear were Van Johnson, Michael Landon, Totie Fields, Buster Crabbe, Jack Carter, June Allyson, Joey Hetherton, the McGuire Sisters, Cliff Arquette, Skitch Henderson, Doug Sanders, Mohammed Ali, Gloria DeHaven and Citrus spokeswoman
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Break out the popcorn! Friendswood Library hosting classic movie night series - Your Houston News
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Directed by Charles Walters, the film stars June Allyson, Peter Lawford and Patricia Marshall. The September 22 movie night features “On Dangerous Ground” starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. This black and white classic film was directed by Nicholas
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James Stewart's early roles featured Aug 13 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
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The film presents his comeback attempt, powered by determination and with the love and support of his wife (June Allyson). While he never returned to the big leagues as a player, Stratton became a coach and batting practice pitcher for the White Sox
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James Stewart on TCM: THE STRATTON STORY, NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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The film's one saving grace is June Allyson, an underrated actress who usually brought honesty and spunk to her characters, whether in dramas or comedies, and no matter how phony the screenplay
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Claudette Colbert Movie Schedule: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, SINCE YOU WENT AWAY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, June Allyson. BW-97 mins. 10:00 AM THE SECRET FURY (1950) A mysterious figure tries to stop a woman's marriage by driving her mad. Dir: Mel Ferrer. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Jane Cowl. BW-86 mins
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Down Memory Lane: Which is the greatest generation? - Visalia Times-Delta
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When I watched the old movie "The Glenn Miller Story," starring James Stewart and June Allyson, it brought back memories. There was a movie about Woody Herman and his music, also. Later on, I would hear my brother play "Boogie Woogie" on the piano and
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What's On Today
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8 P.M. (TCM) LITERARY ROMANCE Turner Classic Movies presents five films adapted from beloved novels, starting with ''Pride and Prejudice'' (1940), the Jane Austen classic about five sisters out to nab husbands in 19th-century England, the better to produce an heir to save the family farm. Greer Garson plays Elizabeth Bennet, the eldest, most
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(also on Blu-ray) “LITTLE WOMEN” (1949): To many people the best screen rendering of Louisa May Alcott's novel, this MGM version — starring June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor — is part of a new “Literary Romance” edition of the “TCM Greatest Classic
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Im Zeichen des Swing - Main Post
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Der Filmklassiker „Glenn Miller Story“ mit James Stewart und June Allyson von 1953 erinnert mit Songs wie Moonlight Serenade und Chattanooga Choo Choo an die Zeit des Swing. Der Musikfilm über die Swing-Legende Glenn Miller und seine unvergessenen
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Vacances à Venise - ÉcranLarge.com
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... Katharine Hepburn, et un italien qu'on reverra souvent à Hollywood, Rossano Brazzi, l'amant romantique par excellence, héros d'un autre mélo flamboyant deux ans plus tard, Les Amants de Salzbourg de Douglas Sirk avec June Allyson cette fois
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Caregiver Frustration: When a Needy Loved One Won't Let You Help - Caring.com (blog)
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Examples: "Just think, Mom, once you switch to these new panties you'll not only stay dry and be more comfortable, but you'll be as sexy as June Allyson!" "Okay, fine Dad, you don't have to mention to the doctor the fact that we're all worried about
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
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A. That's the 1954 film “Woman's World,” with Clifton Webb as an auto magnate who brings three couples to New York to check them out — Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl, Fred MacMurray and Lauren Bacall, and Cornel Wilde and June Allyson
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Historia de cien años de música en el cine (VI) - Gente Digital
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En el bien entendido de que Mann es uno de nuestros realizadores favoritos, su actitud ante el jazz era la misma que la de Hellen -June Allyson-, la futura esposa de Glenn (James Stewart), cuando éste la lleva al club donde actúa Satchmo: curiosidad
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of June Allyson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 88
    With her husband at her side, she died July 8, 2006, aged 88 at her home in Ojai, California.
    More Details Hide Details Her death was a result of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. On her death, Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) contributed $25,000 to the June Allyson Foundation to support research advances in the care and treatment of women with urinary incontinence. For a number of years exhibitors voted Allyson among the most popular stars in the country: Explanatory notes Citations Bibliography
  • 2003
    Age 85
    Following hip-replacement surgery in 2003, Allyson's health began to deteriorate.
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  • 1998
    Age 80
    The American Urogynecologic Society established the June Allyson Foundation in 1998 made possible by a grant from Kimberly-Clark.
    More Details Hide Details As the first celebrity to undertake the role of public spokesperson for promoting the use of the Depend undergarment, Allyson did "more than any other public figure to encourage and persuade people with incontinence to lead fuller and more active lives."
  • 1996
    Age 78
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Until 2003, Allyson remained busy touring the country making personal appearances, headlining celebrity cruises, and speaking on behalf of Kimberly-Clark, a long-time commercial interest.
  • 1994
    Age 76
    Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators.
    More Details Hide Details She spoke about MGM's golden era and introduced vintage film clips.
  • 1993
    Age 75
    In December 1993, Allyson christened the Holland America Maasdam, one of the flagships of the Holland America line.
    More Details Hide Details Although her heritage, like much of her personal story, was subject to different interpretations, Allyson always claimed to be proud of a Dutch ancestry.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allyson denied owing any money, and Ashrow and she filed a lawsuit for slander and emotional distress, charging that Ingels was harassing and threatening them, stating Ingels made 138 phone calls during a single eight-hour period. Earlier that year, Ingels had pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls.
  • 1988
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allyson and her later husband, David Ashrow, actively supported fund-raising efforts for both the James Stewart and Judy Garland museums; both Stewart and Garland had been close friends.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    In 1976, Allyson married David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor.
    More Details Hide Details The couple occasionally performed together in regional theater, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s, toured the United States with the stage play My Daughter, Your Son. They also appeared on celebrity cruise ship tours on the Royal Viking Sky, in a program that highlighted Allyson's movie career. After Dick Powell's death, Allyson committed herself to charitable work on his behalf, championing the importance of research in urological and gynecological diseases in seniors, and represented the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in commercials for adult incontinence products. Following a lifelong interest in health and medical research (Allyson had initially wanted to use her acting career to fund her own training as a doctor), she was instrumental in establishing the June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and Medical Research. Allyson also financed her brother, Dr. Arthur Peters, through his medical training, and he went on to specialize in otolaryngology.
  • 1970
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her autobiography, June Allyson by June Allyson (1982), received generally complimentary reviews due to its insider look at Hollywood in one of its golden ages. A more critical appraisal came from Janet Maslin at the New York Times in her review, "Hollywood Leaves Its Imprint on Its Chroniclers", who noted: "Miss Allyson presents herself as the same sunny, tomboyish figure she played on screen in Hollywood... like someone who has come to inhabit the very myths she helped to create on the screen." Privately, Allyson admitted that her earlier screen portrayals had left her uneasy about the typecast "good wife" roles she had played.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome, and London. However, Summers refused to marry her and the relationship did not last. Following her separation from Summers, Allyson was twice married to and divorced from businessman Alfred Glenn Maxwell, who owned a number of barbershops and had been Powell's barber. During this time, Allyson struggled with alcoholism, which she overcame in the mid-1970s.
  • 1961
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also went through a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of the children she had with Powell.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1950
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Besides Van Johnson, James Stewart was a frequent co-star, teaming up with Allyson in three popular biographies, The Glenn Miller Story, The Stratton Story, and Strategic Air Command. A versatile performer, Allyson also appeared on radio, and after her film career ended she made a handful of nightclub singing engagements. In later years, Allyson appeared on television, not only in her own series, but in such popular programs as The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. The DuPont Show with June Allyson ran for two seasons on CBS and was an attempt to use a "high budget" formula. Her efforts were dismissed by the entertainment reviewer in the LA Examiner as "reaching down to the level of mag fiction." However, TV Guide and other fan magazines such as TV considered Allyson's foray into television as revitalizing her fame and career for a younger audience, and remarked that her stereotyping by the movie industry as the "girl next door" was the "waste and neglect of talent on its own doorstep."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 27
    On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer some consternation by marrying Dick Powell.
    More Details Hide Details After defying him twice by refusing to stop seeing Powell, in a "tactical master stroke", she asked Mayer to give her away at the wedding. He was so disarmed that he agreed but put Allyson on suspension anyway. The Powells had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted in 1948 through the Tennessee Children's Home Society in an adoption arranged by Georgia Tann) and Richard Powell, Jr. (born December 24, 1950).
  • 1943
    Age 25
    After her appearance in the Broadway musical, Allyson was selected for the 1943 film version of Best Foot Forward.
    More Details Hide Details When she arrived in Hollywood, the production had not started, so MGM "placed her on the payroll" of Girl Crazy (1943). Despite playing a "bit part", Allyson received good reviews as a sidekick to Best Foot Forwards star, Lucille Ball, but was still relegated to the "drop list". MGM's musical supervisor, Arthur Freed, saw her test sent up by an agent and insisted that Allyson be put on contract immediately. Another musical, Thousands Cheer (1943), was again a showcase for her singing and dancing, albeit still in a minor role. As a new starlet, although Allyson had already been a performer on stage and screen, she was presented as an "overnight sensation," with Hollywood press agents attempting to portray her as an ingenue, selectively slicing years off her true age. Studio bios listed her variously as being born in 1922 and 1923.
  • 1940
    Age 22
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Her dancing and musical talent led to a stint as an understudy for the lead, Betty Hutton, and when Hutton contracted measles, Allyson appeared in five performances of Panama Hattie. Broadway director George Abbott caught one of the nights, and offered Allyson one of the lead roles in his production of Best Foot Forward (1941).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allyson sustained a fractured skull and broken back, and her dog was killed. Her doctors said she would never walk again and confined her to a heavy steel brace from neck to hips for four years, and she ultimately regained her health, but when Allyson had become famous, she was terrified that people would discover her background from the "tenement side of New York City", and she readily agreed to studio tales of a "rosy life" including a concocted story that she underwent months of swimming exercises in rehabilitation to emerge as a star swimmer. In her later memoirs, Allyson does describe a summer program of swimming that did help her recovery. After gradually progressing from a wheelchair to crutches to braces, Allyson's true escape from her impoverished life was to go to the cinema, where she was enraptured by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. As a teen, Allyson memorized the trademark Ginger Rogers dance routines; she claimed later to have watched The Gay Divorcee 17 times. She also tried to emulate the singing styles of movie stars although she never mastered reading music. When her mother remarried and the family was reunited with a more stable financial standing, Allyson was enrolled in the Ned Wayburn Dancing Academy and began to enter dance competitions with the stage name of "Elaine Peters". With the death of her stepfather and a bleak future ahead, she left high school after completing two and half years, to seek jobs as a dancer.
  • 1918
    Age 0
    In April 1918 (when Allyson was six months old), her alcoholic father, who had worked as a janitor, abandoned the family.
    More Details Hide Details Allyson was brought up in near poverty, living with her maternal grandparents. To make ends meet, her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant cashier. When she had enough funds, she would occasionally reunite with her daughter, but more often Allyson was "farmed" out to her grandparents or other relatives.
  • 1917
    Born
    Born on October 7, 1917.
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