June Allyson

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Real name is Eleanor Geisman
Also known as Junie
Was born at 7 October 1917 in The Bronx, New York, USA . Died at 8 July 2006, Ojai, California, USA (pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis)

American leading lady whose sweet smile and sunny disposition made herthe prototypical girl-next-door of American movies of the 1940s. Raisedin semi-poverty in Bronx neighborhoods by her divorced mother, Allyson(nee Ella Geisman) was injured in a fall at age eight and spent fouryears confined within a steel brace. Swimming therapy slowly gave hermobility again, and she began to study dance as well. She entered dancecontests after high school and earned roles in several musical shortfilms.

In 1938, she made her Broadway debut in the musical "Sing Outthe News. " After several roles in the chorus of various musicals, shewas hired to understudy 'Betty Hutton (I)' in "Panama Hattie. "Hutton's measles gave Allyson a shot at a performance and she impresseddirector 'George Abbott (I)' so much that he gave her a role inhis next musical, "Best Foot Forward. " She was subsequently hired byMGM to recreate her role in the screen version. The studio realizedwhat it had in her and offered her a contract.

Her smoky voice and winning personality made her very popular and shemade more than a score of films for MGM, most often in musicals andcomedies. She became a box-office attraction, paired with many of themajor stars of the day. In 1945, she married actor-director'Dick Powell (I)' , with whom she occasionally co-starred. Following Powell's death from cancer in 1963, she retreated somewhatfrom film work, appearing only infrequently on screen and slightly moreoften in television films. Occasional nightclub appearances andcommercials were her only other public performances since, and she diedof pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis on July 8, 2006,after a long illness.


There is some small facts about June Allyson:
  • On contract to MGM for 12 years.
  • Was a good friend of 'Judy Garland' . They were both under contract at MGM in the 1940s, and Judy used to give June rides in Judy's car to the studio whenever possible. In interviews after Garland's passing, Allyson said that she could hardly talk about Garland without getting tears in her eyes because she was such a special lady who didn't have appropriate help available to her in her lifetime.
  • She was just 5' 1" and weighed 99 lbs. in 1945.
  • From 1963 to 1975, she had a long term, 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. Members of the nascent jet-set, they were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London, where they called 'Hugh M. Hefner' 's borrowed Mayfair penthouse home.
  • After the death of first husband 'Dick Powell (I)' , 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.
  • Witnessed 'Joan Crawford (I)' 's cruel treatment of her daughter 'Christina Crawford (I)' and claims the book and film adaptation Mommie Dearest (1981) are honest accounts of how Joan treated her children.
  • After her film career was over, she continued to do occasional Broadway & off-Broadway plays, television appearances and commercials, including her famous Depends commercials, from the 1960s through the 1990s.
  • She was a valued resource in preserving information about Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Hollywood's golden years. She was a spokesperson on the issue of incontinence, and was instrumental in establishing the June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and Medical Research. She and her husband, Dr. 'David Ashrow' , actively supported fund-raising efforts for both the 'James Stewart (I)' and 'Judy Garland' museums. Stewart and Garland were both close friends.
  • Mother of 'Dick Powell Jr.' , and 'Pamela Powell' from her marriage to 'Dick Powell (I)' .
  • Separated from Powell once when she fell in love with actor 'Alan Ladd (I)' 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 (I)' 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 (I)' , 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 (I)' 's former barber. Her last husband, 'David Ashrow' , who survived her, was a retired dentist turned actor.
  • 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 Astaire' and 'Ginger Rogers' movies. She was told that the accident would prevent her from having children. Her first child, 'Pamela Powell' , was adopted in 1948. In 1950, however, she gave normal birth to her son, 'Dick Powell Jr.' .
  • In 1945, Harvard Lampoon voted her worst actress of the year. That year's worst actor was regular co-star 'Van Johnson (I)' .
  • Longtime friend of 'Esther Williams (I)' .
  • Along with her husband 'Dick Powell (I)' , she persuaded future President of the United States 'Ronald Reagan (I)' to switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in 1962.
  • Married to husband 'David Ashrow' at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California, in October 1976. There is a photograph of the wedding party hanging at the historic hotel garden to this day.
  • In Italy, her films were dubbed mainly by 'Miranda Bonansea' . As she matured, she was dubbed by 'Rosetta Calavetta' and 'Rina Morelli' . She was once dubbed by 'Andreina Pagnani' in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) , released in Italy after the war.
  • Good friend of 'James Stewart (I)' and played his wife in three different films.
  • Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV) . The film footage showed Miss Allyson on stage at the Academy Awards smiling and laughing.
  • Son 'Dick Powell Jr.' born December 24, 1950.
  • Daughter 'Pamela Powell' born June 18, 1948. She was adopted in August 1948.
  • Could cry on cue, a talent she shared with 'Margaret O'Brien (I)' . Allyson's method for triggering tears was to "try very, very hard not to cry . . . So the more I thought about not crying the more I cried." According to Allyson, during O'Brien's death scene in Little Women (1949) , they "could not stop" crying.
  • June married Dr. 'David Ashrow' , a retired dentist-turned actor in October of 1976. June and David toured the country together in the late seventies/early eighties in the stage play "My Daughter, Your Son" to fine reviews. A few years earlier, June starred in the same show with her son 'Dick Powell Jr.' .
  • She was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party.
  • When she married Alfred Glenn Maxwell, her family allowance from the estate of 'Dick Powell (I)' was reduced from $5,000 per month to $2,500 per month.
  • She initially turned down the opportunity to be a celebrity spokesperson for Depends undergarments because "it was not a very pleasant subject". Reportedly, her mother changed her mind because she convinced Allyson that she could actually help people with a very real and widespread problem that they were too embarrassed to talk about with friends or family.
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1537 Vine Street.
  • In December 1993, June Allyson dedicated the Holland-America Line cruise ship the MS Maasdam.
  • Her father, Robert Geisman, was born in Roanoke, VA on September 29, 1892 and died in Ventura County, California on April 19, 1983 at the age of 90. Her mother, Clara Josephine Provost, was born in New York, NY on October 21, 1897 and died on April 23, 1994 in Ventura County, California at the age of 97.
  • She had one sibling, a brother named Henry Allyson Geisman, who was born November 22, 1915 in New York, NY and died Jan 6, 1995 in Riverside, CA.
  • Stepmother of 'Norman S. Powell' and 'Ellen Powell' .
  • After filming The Secret Heart (1946) together, June and her co-star, 'Claudette Colbert (I)' , became great friends. Claudette became godmother to June's daughter, 'Pamela Powell' .
  • In the 1980s, 1990's, and early 2000's, she was the spokeswomen for Depend undergarments.
  • Was close friends with: 'Esther Williams (I)' , 'Van Johnson (I)' , 'Claudette Colbert (I)' , 'Kathryn Grayson' , 'Judy Garland' , 'Jane Wyman' , 'Gloria DeHaven' , 'Ann Rutherford (I)' , 'James Stewart (I)' , and Mr. and Mrs. 'Ronald Reagan (I)' .
  • Her favorite actors were 'Tom Hanks' , 'Harrison Ford (I)' , and 'Meg Ryan (I)' .
  • She was fan of the TV shows "Touched by an Angel" (1994) , "Mad About You" (1992) , and "Law & Order" (1990) .
  • Was a fan of the mystery writer 'Agatha Christie' , so much in fact that her personal library consisted of every novel that Christie ever wrote. She also cited the Christie character Jane Marple to be her favorite female detective.
  • Her father was of German descent. Her mother had Dutch and Channel Islands (Guernsey) ancestry.
  • Initially wanted to be a doctor, and got into acting merely as a way to make money to pay for medical school. She ended up sticking with it, and instead paid for her brother to become a doctor. She took a lifelong interest in health and medical research.
  • In May 2014, she was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month.
  • Allyson claims, in her autobiography, that in the roman a clef "Center Door Fancy", written by husband 'Dick Powell (I)' 's first wife 'Joan Blondell' , the character of "Amy" is a thinly-disguised version of her. It has been theorized by film historian 'Michael Buckley (VI)' that "Amy" is an anagram for May, the month just before June.
  • Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Too Young to Kiss (1951) . The others, in chronological order, are: 'Ethel Merman' for Call Me Madam (1953) , 'Jean Simmons (I)' for Guys and Dolls (1955) , 'Taina Elg' and 'Kay Kendall (I)' for Les Girls (1957) , 'Marilyn Monroe' for Some Like It Hot (1959) , 'Rosalind Russell (I)' for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962) , 'Patty Duke' for Me, Natalie (1969) , 'Twiggy (I)' for The Boy Friend (1971) , 'Raquel Welch' for The Three Musketeers (1973) , 'Barbra Streisand' for A Star Is Born (1976) , 'Bernadette Peters' for Pennies from Heaven (1981) , 'Kathleen Turner (I)' for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985) , 'Miranda Richardson (I)' for Enchanted April (1991) , 'Jamie Lee Curtis' for True Lies (1994) , 'Nicole Kidman' for To Die For (1995) , 'Madonna' for Evita (1996) , 'Renée Zellweger' for Nurse Betty (2000) , 'Sally Hawkins (I)' for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) , and 'Amy Adams (III)' for Big Eyes (2014/I) .
  • June Allyson confessed, in her autobiography, that she had a short-term relationship with a young 'John F. Kennedy' .
Also look some video clip about June Allyson:
There is the list of movies, where June Allyson was taked part:
1 A Stranger in My Arms movie A Stranger in My Arms 1959 as Christina Beasley
2 All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan movie All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan 1985 as Herself
3 Bing Crosbys White Christmas USO All Star Show movie Bing Crosbys White Christmas USO All Star Show 1958 as Herself
4 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood movie Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 as Herself
5 Her Highness and the Bellboy movie Her Highness and the Bellboy 1945 as Leslie Odell
6 The 27th Annual Academy Awards movie The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 as Herself - Audience Member
7 The 30th Annual Academy Awards movie The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 as Herself - Presenter: Best Special Effects
8 The 31st Annual Academy Awards movie The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
9 The 79th Annual Academy Awards movie The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 as Herself - Memorial Tribute
10 The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly movie The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly 1985 as Herself
11 The McConnell Story movie The McConnell Story 1955 as Pearl 'Butch' Brown
12 They Only Kill Their Masters movie They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 as Mrs. Watkins
13 Till the Clouds Roll By movie Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 as June Allyson/Jane (segment: "Leave It to Jane")
14 ABCs Wide World of Entertainment movie ABCs Wide World of Entertainment 1973 as Herself
15 Burt Reynolds Conversation With movie Burt Reynolds Conversation With 1991 as Herself
16 Reflections on the Silver Screen movie Reflections on the Silver Screen 1990 as Herself
17 The DuPont Show with June Allyson movie The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1959 as Janet
18 The Hollywood Squares movie The Hollywood Squares 1965 as Guest Appearance
19 Whats My Line? movie Whats My Line? 1950 as Herself - Mystery Guest
20 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 as Herself - In Memoriam
21 A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun movie A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun 2001 as Joey's Grandma
22 A Life in Words and Music movie A Life in Words and Music 2007 as Herself
23 All Girl Revue movie All Girl Revue 1940 as Mayor
24 Americas All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor movie Americas All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1989 as Herself
25 An All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor movie An All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1977 as Herself
26 Battle Circus movie Battle Circus 1953 as Lt. Ruth McGara
27 Best Foot Forward movie Best Foot Forward 1943 as Ethel
28 Blackout movie Blackout 1978 as Mrs. Grant
29 Curse of the Black Widow movie Curse of the Black Widow 1977 as Olga
30 Dates and Nuts movie Dates and Nuts 1937 as Wilma Brown - Herman's Girl
31 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart movie Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart 1978 as Herself
32 Dime a Dance movie Dime a Dance 1937 as Harriet
33 Executive Suite movie Executive Suite 1954 as Mary Blemond Walling
34 General Motors 50th Anniversary Show movie General Motors 50th Anniversary Show 1957 as Herself
35 Girl Crazy movie Girl Crazy 1943 as Specialty Singer
36 Good News movie Good News 1947 as Connie Lane
37 High Barbaree movie High Barbaree 1947 as Nancy Frazer
38 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 as Herself
39 Hollywood Without Make-Up movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 as Herself
40 Hollywood: The Great Stars movie Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of June Allyson:
  • "Classic Images" (USA), November 2012, Iss. 449, pg. 15, by: Neil Doyle, "June Allyson: American Dream Girl"
  • "Daily Telegraph" (UK), 12 July 2006, Iss. 46996, pg. 23, "June Allyson (obituary)"
  • "The Times" (USA), 12 July 2006, by: Anonymous, "June Allyson"
  • "The Guardian" (UK), 12 July 2006, by: Ronald Bergan, "June Allyson"
  • "San Francisco Chronicle" (USA), 11 July 2006, by: Aljean Harmetz, "June Allyson--Perfect Screen Wife"
  • "Austin American-Statesman" (USA), 11 July 2006, by: From Wire Reports, "Actress Played Wholesome Sweetheart and 1940s and '50s Films"
  • "The Chicago Tribune" (USA), 11 July 2006, by: Los Angeles Times, "June Allyson: 1917 - 2006"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 11 July 2006, by: Aljean Harmetz, "June Allyson, Adoring Wife in MGM Films, Is Dead at 88"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 11 July 2006, pg. B6, by: Martin Weil, "Perky Actress June Allyson, 88[, Dies]"
  • "Blanco y Negro" (Spain), 4 February 1990, Iss. 3684, pg. 58-63, by: Terenci Moix, "June Allyson"
  • "Motion Picture and Television Magazine" (USA), November 1951, Vol. 82, Iss. 4, pg. 21-23+58, by: Jane Wilkie, "June's calling it quits!"
The image of Eleanor Geisman was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Mon Film" (France), 23 October 1957, Iss. No. 583
  • "Picture Show And Film Pictorial" (UK), 27 October 1956, Vol. 67, Iss. 1752
There is the list of some quotes of June Allyson:
  • In real life I'm a poor dressmaker and a terrible cook - anything in fact but the perfect wife.
  • MGM was my mother and father, mentor and guide, my all-powerful and benevolent crutch. When I left them, it was like walking into space.
  • [on 'Joan Crawford (I)' ] I tried to be a good listener. I decided that was what she wanted all along - not so much a friend as an audience.
  • [assessing her appeal as a performer] I have big teeth. I lisp. My eyes disappear when I smile. My voice is funny. I don't sing like 'Judy Garland' . I don't dance like 'Cyd Charisse' . But women identify with me. And while men desire Cyd Charisse, they'd take me home to meet Mom.
  • I couldn't dance, and, Lord knows, I couldn't sing, but I got by somehow. 'Richard Rodgers (I)' was always keeping them from firing me.
  • If you see someone without a smile, give him yours.
  • The only parental authority I had was the studio. When I was a star, there was always somebody with me, to guard me. I was not allowed to be photographed with a cigarette, a drink, a cup of coffee or even a glass of water because someone might think it was liquor. When I left the studio I was already married and had two children, but I felt as sad as a child leaving home for the first time.
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