June Allyson


Actor
June Allyson

About

Also Known As
Ella Geisman
Birth Place
Bronx, New York
Born
October 07, 1917
Died
July 08, 2006

Biography

Vivacious blonde MGM star of the 1940s and 50s, in light comedies, musicals and romances, with a likably hoarse, slightly flat voice and a wistful girl-next-door quality. After a successful career on Broadway, Allyson appeared in several shorts and then made her feature debut, recreating her peppy ingenue role in the film version of the 1941 Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward" (1943). ...

Photos & Videos

Two Girls and a Sailor - Publicity Still
Little Women (1949) - Publicity Stills
The Three Musketeers (1948) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Dick Powell
Husband
Actor, director. Married from August 19, 1945 until his death January 2, 1963.
Glenn Maxwell
Husband
Barber shop owner. Married in 1963; divorced in 1965; remarried in 1966 and divorced second time; was Dick Powell's barber.
David Ashrow
Husband
Retired dentist, actor. Married in October 1976; acted together on stage in "My Daughter, Your Son".

Bibliography

"June Allyson"
June Allyson with Frances Spatz Leighton, G.P. Putnam's Sons (1982)

Notes

There is an official Web site devoted to the actress at www.juneallyson.com

In 1988, Allyson was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Council on Aging.

Biography

Vivacious blonde MGM star of the 1940s and 50s, in light comedies, musicals and romances, with a likably hoarse, slightly flat voice and a wistful girl-next-door quality. After a successful career on Broadway, Allyson appeared in several shorts and then made her feature debut, recreating her peppy ingenue role in the film version of the 1941 Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward" (1943). Usually cast as sweet and wholesomely girlish types, Allyson brought an occasionally tomboyish quality to roles in films including "Good News" (1947) and "Little Women" (1949). She made a popular romantic team with the boyishly disarming Van Johnson, with whom she co-starred in five films ranging from the musical "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944) to the rather strange drama "High Barbaree" (1947) to the farce "The Bride Goes Wild" (1948). Allyson's charmingly froggy singing voice also enhanced the appeal of such comic songs as "Thou Swell" and "Cleopatterer."

Allyson later matured into supportive wife roles in the 1950s ("The Stratton Story" 1949, "The Glenn Miller Story" 1954, "Strategic Air Command" 1955), switching gears once to play the shrewish wife in "The Shrike" (1955). When her film career petered out in the late 50s in ill-advised remakes of such 30s successes as "It Happened One Night" ("You Can't Run Away From It" 1956) and "My Man Godfrey" (1957), she turned to starring in a TV anthology drama, "The June Allyson Show," from 1959 to 1961. In later years Allyson did very occasional TV and film work and regularly made appearances in public and in the media to speak of the pleasures of the old Hollywood studio system (as in "That's Entertainment III" 1994). She was married to Dick Powell (with whom she co-starred in "Right Cross" and "The Reformer and the Redhead," both 1950) from 1945 until his death in 1963.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

These Old Broads (2001)
Addie'S Mother
A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001)
Joey'S Grandma
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982)
Three on a Date (1978)
Blackout (1978)
Madame Grant
Vega$ (1978)
Loretta Ochs
Curse of the Black Widow (1977)
Letters From Three Lovers (1973)
Monica ("Dear Monica")
They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
Mrs. Watkins
See the Man Run (1971)
A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
Christina Beasley
Interlude (1957)
Helen Banning
My Man Godfrey (1957)
Irene [Bullock]
You Can't Run Away From It (1956)
Ellie Andrews
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Kay [Ashley Hilliard]
The Shrike (1955)
Ann Downs
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Sally Holland
The McConnell Story (1955)
Pearl "Butch" Brown McConnell
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Helen Burger [Miller]
Executive Suite (1954)
Mary Blemond Walling
Woman's World (1954)
Katie Baxter
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
Jody Revere
Battle Circus (1953)
Lt. Ruth McCara
The Girl in White (1952)
Dr. Emily Dunning
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Cynthia [also known as Molly] Potter
Right Cross (1950)
Pat O'Malley
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Kathleen Maguire
The Stratton Story (1949)
Ethel [Stratton]
Little Women (1949)
Jo [March]
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
Martha Terryton
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Constance [Bonacieux]
Words and Music (1948)
High Barbaree (1947)
Nancy Fraser
Good News (1947)
Connie Lane
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Guest star
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
Martha Canford Chandler
The Sailor Takes a Wife (1946)
Mary [Breckenridge]
The Secret Heart (1946)
Penny Addams
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
Leslie Odell
Music for Millions (1945)
Barbara ["Babs"] Ainsworth
Meet the People (1944)
Annie
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Patsy Deyo
Thousands Cheer (1944)
Best Foot Forward (1943)
Minerva [Pierce]
Girl Crazy (1943)
Specialty

Cast (Special)

Ann Miller: I'm Still Here (2000)
Dick Powell: Thanks a Million (2000)
Private Screenings: June Allyson (1998)
Jimmy Stewart (1997)
Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (1997)
Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero (1993)
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1989)
Performer
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
The Great Mysteries of Hollywood (1981)
20th Century Follies (1972)

Music (Special)

A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
Song Performer ("It'S De-Lovely" "You'Re The Top")

Cast (Short)

World News - 1954 (1954)
Herself
All Girl Revue (1940)
The Knight Is Young (1938)
The Prisoner of Swing (1938)
Ups and Downs (1937)

Life Events

1937

Appeared in Vitaphone short films; debut, "Swing For Sale"

1938

Worked in educational films

1939

Acted in the stage musical "Very Warm for May", directed by Vincente Minnelli

1940

Understudied Betty Hutton in the stage musical "Panama Hattie", starring Ethel Merman

1941

Garnered attention in a prominent supporting role in the Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward", choreographed by Gene Kelly

1943

First feature film as actress, "Best Foot Foward", recreating her stage role

1944

Established as a star with the musical films, "Music for Millions" and "Two Girls and a Sailor", the latter her first opposite Van Johnson

1946

Starred in first dramatic film, "The Secret Heart"

1948

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

1953

Last of five films opposite Van Johnson, "Remains to Be Seen"

1955

Made annual exhibitors poll, sponsored by the "Motion Picture Herald", of the top ten boxoffice stars; placed 9th

1956

Last film for MGM for many years, "The Opposite Sex"; film was also her last musical

1959

Starred in the TV anthology series, "The June Allyson Show"

1959

Played last feature starring role in "Stranger in My Arms"; was also last film for 13 years

1970

Succeeded Julie Harris as star of the Broadway play "40 Carats"; first stage role in two decades

1972

Returned to films in "They Only Kill Their Masters"

1978

Made one-shot return to films in "Blackout"

1984

Signed long-term contract with Kimberly Clark to be a commercial spokesperson for the company's products Depends & Poise

1990

Last film acting role in ""Stranger in My House"

1994

Was one of the hosts of the musical compilation documentary, "That's Entertainment III"

Photo Collections

Two Girls and a Sailor - Publicity Still
Here is a publicity still from Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), starring Van Johnson and June Allyson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Little Women (1949) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Little Women (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Three Musketeers (1948) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes of MGM's The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly, June Allyson, and Van Heflin.
The Glenn Miller Story - Movie Posters
The Glenn Miller Story - Movie Posters
Executive Suite - Group Publicity Stills
Here is a series of publicity stills taken of the all-star cast of Executive Suite (1954). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Good News - Behind-the-Scenes photos
Here are several photos taken during rehearsals and shooting of Good News (1947). Look for director Charles Walters, unit producer Arthur Freed, and stars June Allyson and Peter Lawford.
Good News - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills featuring the cast of MGM's Good News (1947). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Little Women (1949) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Little Women (1949). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Two Sisters from Boston - Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills from Two Sisters from Boston (1946). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Three Musketeers (1948) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Three Musketeers (1948). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Bride Goes Wild - Publicity Still
Here is a Publicity Still from The Bride Goes Wild (1948). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Opposite Sex - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's The Opposite Sex (1956). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Meet the People - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Meet the People (1944), starring Lucille Ball and Dick Powell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Battle Circus - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Battle Circus (1953). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
The Stratton Story - James Stewart and June Allyson Publicity Stills
Here are a number of stills of James Stewart and June Allyson, taken to help publicize The Stratton Story (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Reformer and the Redhead - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for The Reformer and the Redhead (1950), starring Dick Powell and June Allyson. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Her Highness and the Bellboy - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945), starring Hedy Lamarr and Robert Walker. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Executive Suite - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Executive Suite (1954). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Words and Music - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for the MGM musical Words and Music (1948). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
June Allyson - Publicity Photos
Here are a few publicity photos of June Allyson.
Dick Powell and June Allyson - Publicity Stills
Here is a series of publicity stills featuring husband-and-wife Dick Powell and June Allyson in domestic situations. They were taken in connection with their co-starring film Right Cross (1950), produced at MGM.

Videos

Movie Clip

Girl Crazy (1943) - Treat Me Rough With Tommy Dorsey and orchestra, George and Ira Gershwin's Treat Me Rough, first by June Allyson as a specialty, then by youthful playboy Danny (Mickey Rooney), about to be sent to college out west, in the lavish MGM Freed Unit musical Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Judy Garland.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - In Winnipeg It Is Not Cold? After just a glance of co-star June Allyson in his waiting room, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson), blowing off a German tenor, makes excuses for French singer Denise (Paula, a.k.a. Rita, Corday) early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951 from a Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett screenplay.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - There's No Room At The Top Having just realized she could fake being a teenager in order to get an audition, ambitious classical pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) is intercepted at home by her boyfriend John (Gig Young), early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, also starring Van Johnson.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - She's Box Office! Thinking he’s discovered a prodigy, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson) arrives with contracts at the apartment of pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) who, having posed at her audition as her fictional kid-sister Molly, takes a stab at making things right, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - Revolutionary Etude Both billed above the title in their 4th picture starring together, June Allyson is twenty-something pianist Cynthia posing as her fictional kid sister Molly, and Van Johnson is Wainright, the impresario holding auditions for a youth orchestra, Hans Conreid introducing her, for the familiar Chopin composition, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, with impressive fake playing by June, who had some piano training as a child.
Good News (1947) - French Lesson Tait College football star Tommy (Peter Lawford) at the library meets hard working student Connie (June Allyson), who helps him learn French to woo another girl, with a Comden & Green specialty number, in Good News, 1947.
Right Cross (1950) - He's A Good Boy Second scene, we meet the leading man, boxer Johnny (Ricardo Montalban) who, it turns out, is not only professionally involved with Pat (June Allyson), the daughter of his manager, and who himself has other prospects (Barry Kelley), early in MGM's Right Cross, 1950, directed by John Sturges.
Right Cross (1950) - Nice Future Picking Lettuce Injured boxer Johnny (Ricardo Montalban) is sharing about family back in Mexico with writer pal Rick (Dick Powell) when his girlfriend Pat (June Allyson, who was also Mrs. Powell), the daughter of Johnny's manager arrives, bringing some tension, in MGM's Right Cross, 1950.
Girl In White, The (1952) - Gosh You're Stunning Composer David Raksin tips his hat to Cornell and Alma Mater, establishing young Emily Dunning (June Allyson) matriculated to the medical school, meeting there Ben Barringer (Arthur Kennedy) who has an unabashed crush, launching the love story in the MGM bio-pic The Girl In White, 1952.
High Barbaree (1947) - My Scotch Friends Opening by director Jack Conway, much to surmise as Navy pilot Alec (Van Johnson) and nurse Nancy (June Allyson) are parting, his uncle and C-O Thad (Thomas Mitchell) reassuring both, in the Pacific during the war, in the MGM drama, Van and June’s 2nd picture together, High Barbaree, 1947.
High Barbaree (1947) - You Cornfield Guys Navy nurse Nancy (June Allyson) intuits something amiss with her childhood beau and fiancè, rushing to his uncle and her captain (Thomas Mitchell), as we join him (Van Johnson as Alec) on his shot-down bomber with co-pilot Joe (Cameron Mitchell), then old times with his dad (Henry Hull), in MGM’s High Barbaree, 1947.
High Barbaree (1947) - Tuxedos In The Summertime In a flashback by Van Johnson, as WWII Navy pilot Alec, recalling when he first saw his grown-up childhood companion Nancy, who became his fianceè, with his parents (Geraldine Wall, Henry Hull), Marilyn Maxwell his then-girlfriend, daughter of his boss at the airplane firm, in MGM’s High Barbaree, 1947.

Trailer

Girl Crazy (1943) - (Original Trailer) A womanizing playboy finds true love when he's sent to a desert college in Girl Crazy (1943) starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
Bride Goes Wild, The -- (Re-issue Trailer) A womanizing author of children's books (Van Johnson) borrows a son to woo his illustrator in The Bride Goes Wild (1948).
McConnell Story, The - (Original Trailer) A man's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War in The McConnell Story (1955) starring Alan Ladd.
Words And Music - (Original Trailer) Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Perry Como perform the songs of Rodgers and Hart in Words And Music (1948).
They Only Kill Their Masters - (Original Trailer) A small-town police chief (James Garner) uncovers a mystery while investigating a dog accused of killing its owner in They Only Kill Their Masters (1972).
Little Women (1949) - (Original Trailer) June Allyson is Jo and Elizabeth Taylor, Amy, seen here in the original theatrical trailer for the first color version of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, 1949, delivered by co-stars Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh.
Three Musketeers, The (1948) -- (Re-issue Trailer) Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, and Janet Leigh star in The Three Musketeers (1948), a lavish adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic swashbuckler.
High Barbaree - (Original Trailer) As he awaits rescue in the South Pacific, a downed pilot (Van Johnson) tells his wounded companion the story of High Barbaree (1947).
Battle Circus - (Original Trailer) See how Hollywood portrayed a M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War in Battle Circus (1953) starring Humphrey Bogart.
Reformer and the Redhead, The - (Original Trailer) A small-town politician (Dick Powell) falls for an idealistic zoo-keeper (June Allyson) in the comedy The Reformer and the Redhead (1950).
Two Sisters from Boston - (Original Trailer) Two Sisters from Boston (1946) have their sensibilities bent when they find work in a Bowery saloon in this hit MGM musical.
Two Girls and a Sailor -- (Original Trailer) Singing sisters create a World War II canteen and become rivals for the same man in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) starring June Allyson & Gloria DeHaven.

Family

Clara Geisman
Mother
Died in 1995.
Pamela Allyson Powell
Daughter
Government worker. Adopted in 1948; served as Director.
Richard Powell Jr
Son
Actor, location manager. Born in 1950; portrayed his father in "The Day of the Locust".

Companions

Dick Powell
Husband
Actor, director. Married from August 19, 1945 until his death January 2, 1963.
Glenn Maxwell
Husband
Barber shop owner. Married in 1963; divorced in 1965; remarried in 1966 and divorced second time; was Dick Powell's barber.
David Ashrow
Husband
Retired dentist, actor. Married in October 1976; acted together on stage in "My Daughter, Your Son".

Bibliography

"June Allyson"
June Allyson with Frances Spatz Leighton, G.P. Putnam's Sons (1982)

Notes

There is an official Web site devoted to the actress at www.juneallyson.com

In 1988, Allyson was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Council on Aging.