20 Facts About June Allyson


June Allyson signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor.


From 1959 to 1961, she hosted and occasionally starred in her own anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, which aired on CBS from 1959 to 1961.


June Allyson died of respiratory failure and bronchitis in July 2006 at the age of 88.


When Vitaphone discontinued New York production in 1940, June Allyson returned to the stage to take on more chorus roles in Rodgers and Hart's Higher and Higher and Cole Porter's Panama Hattie.


June Allyson appeared in her first drama, The Secret Heart, in 1946 with Claudette Colbert and Walter Pidgeon.


June Allyson was reunited with Johnson in High Barbaree and followed with the musical Good News, in 1947.


June Allyson starred with Johnson in the 1948 comedy The Bride Goes Wild, then played Constance in the hugely popular 1948 The Three Musketeers.


In 1950, June Allyson had been signed to appear opposite her childhood idol Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production due pregnancy.


In 1954, June Allyson was in a huge Universal Pictures hit, The Glenn Miller Story, as well as another successful MGM film, Executive Suite.


June Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators.


Until 2003, June Allyson remained busy touring the country making personal appearances, headlining celebrity cruises, and speaking on behalf of Kimberly-Clark, a long-time commercial interest.


June Allyson became the spokesperson for Depend, a diaper line for adults with incontinence, in 1984.


In 1961, June Allyson underwent a kidney operation and later, throat surgery, temporarily affecting her trademark raspy voice.


In February 1961, June Allyson was awarded $2.5 million in settlement, along with custody of their children, in an interlocutory divorce decree.


In 1976, June Allyson married David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor.


June Allyson's daughter served as Chairman of the Inaugural Concerts for Nixon's second inauguration in 1973.


June Allyson supported Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election.


June Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in 1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of No, No, Nanette.


In December 1993, June Allyson christened the Holland America Maasdam, one of the flagships of the Holland America Line.


In 1996, Allyson became the first recipient of the Harvey Award, presented by the James M Stewart Museum Foundation, in recognition of her positive contributions to the world of entertainment.