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JUNE ALLYSON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

June Allyson was born on October 7th, 1917 with the birth name Eleanor Geisman in The Bronx, New York.  Her father was an alcoholic and abandoned her family when Allyson was only six months old so her mother, Clara Josephine Provost, raised her in the Bronx alone.  She had one older brother,  Henry Allyson Geisman, who was born November 22, 1915. She grew up in a poverty stricken neighborhood.  At the age of eight she was injured in a fall and for four years was confined to a steel brace.  She soon began to recover with the help of swimming therapy and also began becoming interested in dance.
 
She began to enter dance contests and directly following high school, Allyson was working in musical short films.  Her Broadway debut was in 1938 on, "Sing Out the News".  When she was hired as an understudy in "Panama Hattie", she had to fill in for Betty Hutton and the director was so impressed by Allyson's performance that he cast her in the musical, "Best Foot Forward".  MGM decided to cast her in the same role on screen and they then offered her a film contract.
 
Allyson became known for her husky singing voice and great personality.  Allyson remained under contract with MGM for twelve years.  During her time with them, she became very good friends with Judy Garland.  Majority of films she worked on while with MGM were comedies or musicals.  Her career was at an all time high and her personal life was heading in the right direction as well.
 
Allyson married director, Dick Powell in 1945 and the couple had two children together, Dick Powell Jr., and adopted daughter Pamela Powell.  She continued to work with MGM on films such as, "Till the Clouds Roll By", "Two Sisters From Boston" co-starring with Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford and "The Secret Heart" starring alongside Walter Pidgeon, Lionel Barrymore, Claudette Colbert and Robert Sterling (all 1946).  After Allyson lost her husband to Cancer, she slowed down slightly in her career taking less film roles and focusing more on television.  She struggled with alcohol addiction after losing her first husband and also had to deal with a custody battle with his mother over the two children.

In 1951 June won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her performance in "Too Young to Kiss" with Van Johnson and Gig Young which helped revive her interest in acting again so in 1953 she starred with Humphrey Bogart, Keenan Wynn and Robert Keith in "Battle Circus".

Then came her pairing with James Stewart in "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954) which featured Harry Morgan, George Tobias and Barton MacLane and shortly followed with James Stewart again in "Strategic Air Command" (1955) and featuring stars Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, Bruce Bennett, Alex Nicol, Harry Morgan and Jay C. Flippen.  This was the third time she starred with James Stewart, with the first being "The Stratton Story" (1949).

Next came her involvement with Alan Ladd co-starring in the biography film "The McConnell Story" (1955) about the life and career of Air Force Ace pilot during the Korean War, Joseph C. McConnell.

During the period from 1959-1961 she hosted, and sometimes starred in, her own CBS anthology show "The DuPont Show with June Allyson" also known as "The June Allyson Show" sponsored in part by Depends.
 
However, Allyson continued to work as an actress and was also involved in commercial work and was very well known for her famous, "Depends" commercials from 1960-1990.  She also continued to work on stage in various productions.  
 
Allyson married three more times after she lost her first husband to cancer in 1963.  She married  Alfred Glenn Maxwell October 13th, 1963 to April 20th 1965.  The couple then re entered their vows for a second time on April 1st, 1966 but divorced on March 17th, 1970.  Allyson married for her fourth time to David Ashrow on October 30th, 1976 and they remained together until June Allyson passed away on July 8th, 2006 from pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis in Ojai, California. 
 
June Allyson was a very successful actress and also a very giving person.  She was involved in establishing the June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and Medical Research.  She also assisted in fundraising efforts for both the James Stewart and Judy Garland museums.  For her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry, Allyson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 

Filmography

2001 These Old Broads
2001 A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun  
2000 Biography 
1995 Burke's Law
1991 Pros and Cons
1989 Wilfrid's Special Christmas
1986 Airwolf 
1986 Crazy Like a Fox
1985 Misfits of Science 
1984 Murder, She Wrote 
1984 Hart to Hart
1978-1983 The Love Boat
1982 Simon & Simon
1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo
1980 House Calls
1979 The Incredible Hulk 
1978 Blackout 
1978 Vega$
1978 Three on a Date  
1977 Curse of the Black Widow
1977 Switch
1973 Letters from Three Lovers
1972 They Only Kill Their Masters 
1972 The Sixth Sense
1971 See the Man Run
1968 The Name of the Game
1963 Burke's Law
1962-1963 The Dick Powell Zane Grey Theatre
1959-1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson
1960 Zane Grey Theater
1959 A Stranger in My Arms  
1957 My Man Godfrey 
1957 Interlude  
1956 You Can't Run Away from It 
1956 The Opposite Sex  
1955 The McConnell Story
1955 The Shrike  
1955 Strategic Air Command  
1954 I Woman's World  
1954 Executive Suite
1954 The Glenn Miller Story  
1953 Remains to Be Seen
1953 Battle Circus  
1952 The Girl in White
1951 Too Young to Kiss  
1950 Right Cross 
1950 The Reformer and the Redhead 
1949 The Stratton Story
1949 Little Women  
1948 Words and Music
1948 The Three Musketeers
1948 The Bride Goes Wild  
1947 Good News 
1947 High Barbaree 
1946 The Secret Heart
1946 Till the Clouds Roll By 
1946 Two Sisters from Boston  
1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife  
1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy  
1944 Music for Millions  
1944 Meet the People  
1944 Two Girls and a Sailor  
1943 Girl Crazy 
1943 Best Foot Forward  
1940 All Girl Revue
1939 Rollin' in Rhythm
1938 The Knight Is Young
1938 The Prisoner of Swing
1938 Sing for Sweetie 
1937 Dates and Nuts
1937 Dime a Dance
1937 Ups and Downs
1937 Pixilated 
1937 Swing for Sale  





Matinee Classics - Right Cross starring June Allyson, Dick Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Lionel Barrymore, Teresa Celli, Barry Kelley, Tom Powers, Mimi Aguglia, Marianne Stewart, John Gallaudet, Wally Maher, Larry Keating, Kenneth Tobey, Bert Davidson and Marilyn Monroe
Matinee Classics - Right Cross starring June Allyson, Dick Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Lionel Barrymore, Teresa Celli, Barry Kelley, Tom Powers, Mimi Aguglia, Marianne Stewart, John Gallaudet, Wally Maher, Larry Keating, Kenneth Tobey, Bert Davidson and Marilyn Monroe
Matinee Classics - Strategic Air Command starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Bruce Bennett, Barry Sullivan, Alex Nicol, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, James Millican, James Bell, Rosemary DeCamp, Richard Shannon and John McKee
Matinee Classics - Strategic Air Command starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Bruce Bennett, Barry Sullivan, Alex Nicol, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, James Millican, James Bell, Rosemary DeCamp, Richard Shannon and John McKee
Matinee Classics - The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Marion Ross, Nino Tempo, Louis Armstrong, Frances Langford, Irving Bacon, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Krupa, James Bell and Katharine Warren
Matinee Classics - The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Marion Ross, Nino Tempo, Louis Armstrong, Frances Langford, Irving Bacon, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Krupa, James Bell and Katharine Warren


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