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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 8, 2006|
|Born:||October 7, 1917||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bronx, New York||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
At age eight, injured when tree limb fell on her; wore braces for four years
Entered Amateur Night dance contests in the Bronx
Performed in chorus line of Broadway musical, "Sing Out the News" at age 20
Danced in chorus line at Copacabana nightclub in NYC
Appeared in Vitaphone short films; debut, "Swing For Sale"
Worked in educational films
Acted in the stage musical "Very Warm for May", directed by Vincente Minnelli
Understudied Betty Hutton in the stage musical "Panama Hattie", starring Ethel Merman
Garnered attention in a prominent supporting role in the Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward", choreographed by Gene Kelly
First feature film as actress, "Best Foot Foward", recreating her stage role
Established as a star with the musical films, "Music for Millions" and "Two Girls and a Sailor", the latter her first opposite Van Johnson
Starred in first dramatic film, "The Secret Heart"
Last appearance in a musical until the mid-1950s, near the end of her contract with MGM, "Words and Music", in which she was one of many guest stars; performed the song, "Thou Swell"; for the rest of her career, concentrated on comedies and dramas
Last of five films opposite Van Johnson, "Remains to Be Seen"
Made annual exhibitors poll, sponsored by the "Motion Picture Herald", of the top ten boxoffice stars; placed 9th
Last film for MGM for many years, "The Opposite Sex"; film was also her last musical
Played last feature starring role in "Stranger in My Arms"; was also last film for 13 years
Starred in the TV anthology series, "The June Allyson Show"
Succeeded Julie Harris as star of the Broadway play "40 Carats"; first stage role in two decades
Returned to films in "They Only Kill Their Masters"
Headlined the national tour of the stage musical "No, No Nanette" in the 1970s
Made one-shot return to films in "Blackout"
Began appearing opposite third husband in the stage play "My Daughter, Your Son"
Signed long-term contract with Kimberly Clark to be a commercial spokesperson for the company's products Depends & Poise
Last film acting role in ""Stranger in My House"
Was one of the hosts of the musical compilation documentary, "That's Entertainment III"
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