June Allyson Biography

Birthday: 1917-10-07
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York
Height: 5' 1" (1.55 m)
Wiki Biography: American leading lady whose sweet smile and sunny disposition made her the prototypical girl-next-door of American movies of the 1940s. Raised in semi-poverty in Bronx neighborhoods by her divorced mother, Allyson (nee Ella Geisman) was injured in a fall at age eight and spent four years confined within a steel brace. Swimming therapy slowly gave her mobility again, and she began to study dance as well. She entered dance contests after high school and earned roles in several musical short films. In 1938, she made her Broadway debut in the musical "Sing Out the News." After several roles in the chorus of various musicals, she was hired to understudy Betty Hutton in "Panama Hattie." Hutton's measles gave Allyson a shot at a performance and she impressed director George Abbott so much that he gave her a role in his next musical, "Best Foot Forward." She was subsequently hired by MGM to recreate her role in the screen version. The studio realized what it had in her and offered her a contract. Her smoky voice and winning personality made her very popular and she made more than a score of films for MGM, most often in musicals and comedies. She became a box-office attraction, paired with many of the major stars of the day. In 1945, she married actor-director Dick Powell, with whom she occasionally co-starred. Following Powell's death from cancer in 1963, she retreated somewhat from film work, appearing only infrequently on screen and slightly more often in television films. Occasional nightclub appearances and commercials were her only other public performances since, and she died of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis on July 8, 2006, after a long illness.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
Three on a Date 1978 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Best Foot Forward 1943 Musical, Comedy
Girl Crazy 1943 Comedy, Musical, Romance
The Secret Heart 1946 Drama
Good News Connie Lane 1947
Till the Clouds Roll By 1947 Musical
Words and Music 1948 Comedy, Musical
The Stratton Story 1949
Right Cross Pat O'Malley 1950
Battle Circus 1953 0, Romance
The Glenn Miller Story 1954 Drama, Music
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
Strategic Air Command 1955 Action, Drama
You Can't Run Away from It Ellie Andrews 1956
General Motors 50th Anniversary Show 1957
They Only Kill Their Masters 1973 Mystery, Romance, Thriller
That's Entertainment III Host 1994
The Opposite Sex Kay Hilliard 1999
A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun 2001