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June Allyson Biography and Filmography
June Allyson
Birthday: October 7, 1917
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York, USA
Height: 5' 1"
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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.
These Old Broads (2001)
[ Carrie Fisher ][ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Shirley McLaine ][ Debbie Reynolds ][ Joan Collins ]
A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001)
[ Natasha Henstridge ]
The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982)
[ Kim Fields ][ Telma Hopkins ][ Lani O'Grady ]
Tony's Family/Minister and the Stripper, The/Her Own Two Feet (1978)
[ Roz Kelly ]
Blackout (1978)
Three on a Date (1978)
[ Loni Anderson ][ Didi Conn ][ Meredith Macrae ][ Harlee McBride ]
Curse of the Black Widow (1977)
[ Patty Duke ][ June Lockhart ][ Donna Mills ][ Roz Kelly ]
Letters from Three Lovers (1973)
[ Juliet Mills ]
They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
[ Katherine Ross ]
See the Man Run (1971)
[ Angie Dickinson ]
The Third Side of the Coin (1963)
Days of Glory (1962)
The Doomsday Boys (1962)
Special Assignment (1962)
The Old-Fashioned Way (1961)
Without Fear (1961)
An Affair in Athens (1961)
The Moth (1961)
A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
[ Sandra Dee ]
My Man Godfrey (1957)
Interlude (1957)
You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
The Opposite Sex (1956)
[ Joan Collins ][ Agnes Moorehead ][ Carol Baker ][ Joan Blondell ][ Juanita Moore ]
The McConnell Story (1955)
The Shrike (1955)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Woman's World (1954)
[ Lauren Bacall ][ Arlene Dahl ]
Executive Suite (1954)
[ Shelley Winters ][ Barbara Stanwyck ]
The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
[ Marion Ross ]
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
[ Angela Lansbury ]
Battle Circus (1953)
The Girl in White (1952)
[ Jo Kennedy ]
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Right Cross (1950)
[ Marilyn Monroe ]
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
The Stratton Story (1949)
[ Agnes Moorehead ]
Little Women (1949)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Janet Leigh ]
The Three Musketeers (1948)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Lana Turner ]
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
[ Arlene Dahl ]
Good News (1947)
High Barbaree (1947)
The Secret Heart (1946)
[ Claudette Colbert ][ Barbara Billingsley ]
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
[ Judy Garland ][ Angela Lansbury ][ Cyd Charisse ][ Esther Williams ]
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ Hedy Lamarr ]
Meet the People (1944)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
[ Ava Gardener ]
Music for Millions (1944)
[ Ava Gardener ]
Girl Crazy (1943)
[ Judy Garland ]
Best Foot Forward (1943)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Bebe Tyler ]
All Girl Revue (1940)
The Knight Is Young (1938)
The Prisoner of Swing (1938)
Sing for Sweetie (1938)
Not Now (1938)
Dates and Nuts (1937)
Dime a Dance (1937)
Ups and Downs (1937)
Pixilated (1937)
Swing for Sale (1937)
  • On contract to MGM for 12 years
  • Was a good friend of Judy Garland. They were both under contract at MGM in the 40s, and Judy used to pick her up in her limousine every day and take her to the studio.
  • She was just 5' 1" and weighed 99 lbs. in 1945.
  • From 1963 to 1975 she had a long term (and ill-fated) romance with writer/director Dirk Wayne Summers, often announcing to the press that the couple would "be married soon." She and Summers were the lead item in Walter Winchell's (then) influential column more than a few times; they often traveled together through Europe. Although Summers apparently loved her and their life together, he refused her many proposals of marriage, much to her chagrin.
  • After the death of first husband Dick Powell, she went through a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of her son Dick Powell Jr., and adopted daughter Pamela Powell. Reports at the time revealed that Dirk Wayne Summers was named legal guardian for Dick and Pamela, as a result of a court petition.
  • Members of the nascent "jet-set," Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London (where they called Hugh M. Hefner's borrowed Mayfair penthouse "home").
  • Witnessed Joan Crawford's cruel treatment of her daughter Christina Crawford and claims Mommie Dearest (1981) is an honest account of how Joan treated her children
  • After her film career was over she continued to do Broadway, off-Broadway plays, and television (including her famous Depends commercials) from the 1960s through the 1990s.
  • She has been a valued resource in preserving information about Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Hollywood's golden years. She has been an spokesperson on the issue of incontinence, and has been instrumental in establishing the June Allyson Foundation for public awareness and medical research. She and husband, Dr. David Ashrow, have actively supported fund-raising efforts for both the James Stewart and Judy Garland Museums (Stewart and Garland were both close friends).
  • Mother of Dick Powell Jr., from her marriage to Dick Powell. She also adopted Dick's daughter Pamela Powell.
  • Separated from Powell once when she fell in love with actor Alan Ladd during filming of The McConnell Story (1955). Ladd was also married at the time.
  • Very seldom was able to break out of her spry "goody two shoes" types. The couple of times she did, however, were extreme. She played a harsh, cold-hearted wife to José Ferrer in The Shrike (1955) who nags him to the point of a nervous breakdown. Audiences would not accept her in the role and the movie failed at the box office. Another time she played a lesbian murderess in They Only Kill Their Masters (1972), one of her final films.
  • Filed for divorce once during her marriage to Dick Powell, but the turbulent marriage lasted until his death from cancer in 1963. She struggled with alcoholism following his death which may have triggered a custody battle against her mother.
  • Her second husband, Glenn Maxwell, was Dick Powell's hairdresser. Her last husband, David Astrow, who survived her, was a dentist.
  • Her father, an alcoholic, abandoned the family when she was six months old.
  • When she was eight years old, she was crushed by a falling tree limb while riding a bicycle. She wore a back brace for four years and taught herself to dance by watching Fred and Ginger's movies. She was told that the childhood accident would prevent her from having children and her first child, Pamela Powell, was adopted in 1948. In 1950, however, she gave normal birth to her son Dick Powell Jr..
  • In 1946, National Lampoon voted her worst actress of the year. Worst actor was regular co-star Van Johnson.
  • Longtime friend of Esther Williams.
  • Along with her husband Dick Powell, she persuaded future President of the United States Ronald Reagan to switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in 1962.

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