June Allyson (born Eleanor Geisman; October 7, 1917 – July 8,
2006) was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and
Allyson began her career in 1937 as a dancer in short subject films
and on Broadway in 1938. She signed with
MGM in 1943, and rose to fame
the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor. Allyson's "girl next
door" image was solidified during the mid-1940s when she was paired
Van Johnson in five films. In 1951, she won the Golden
Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Young to Kiss.
From 1959 to 1961, she hosted and occasionally starred in her own
anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, which aired on
In the 1970s, she returned to the stage starring in
Forty Carats and
No, No, Nanette. In 1982, Allyson released her autobiography June
Allyson by June Allyson, and continued her career with guest starring
roles on television and occasional film appearances. She later
June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and
Medical Research and worked to raise money for research for urological
and gynecological diseases affecting senior citizens. During the
1980s, Allyson also became a spokesperson for Depend undergarments,
in a successful marketing campaign that has been credited in reducing
the debilitating social stigma of incontinence. She made her final
onscreen appearance in 2001.
Allyson was married four times (to three husbands) and had two
children with her first husband, Dick Powell. She died of respiratory
failure and bronchitis in July 2006 at the age of 88.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
3.1 Marriages and children
4 Later years
6 Awards and honors
7 Broadway credits
8.1 Box Office Ranking
9 Radio appearances
10 See also
12 External links
Allyson was born Eleanor Geisman, nicknamed "Ella", in the Bronx,
New York City. She was the daughter of Clara (née Provost) and Robert
Geisman. She had a brother, Henry, who was two years older. She said
she had been raised as a Roman Catholic, but a
discrepancy exists relating to her early life, and her studio
biography was often the source of the confusion. Her paternal
grandparents, Harry Geisman and Anna Hafner, were immigrants from
Germany although Allyson claimed her last name was originally "Van
Geisman", and was of Dutch origin. Studio biographies listed her as
"Jan Allyson" born to French-English parents. Upon her death, her
daughter said Allyson was born "Eleanor Geisman to a French mother and
Dutch father."[N 1]
In April 1918 (when Allyson was six months old), her alcoholic father,
who had worked as a janitor, abandoned the family. Allyson was brought
up in near poverty, living with her maternal grandparents. To make
ends meet, her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant
cashier. When she had enough funds, she would occasionally reunite
with her daughter, but more often Allyson was "farmed" out to her
grandparents or other relatives.
In 1925 (when Allyson was eight), a tree branch fell on her while she
was riding on her tricycle with her pet terrier in tow. Allyson
sustained a fractured skull and broken back, and her dog was killed.
Her doctors said she would never walk again and confined her to a
heavy steel brace from neck to hips for four years, and she ultimately
regained her health, but when Allyson had become famous, she was
terrified that people would discover her background from the "tenement
side of New York City", and she readily agreed to studio tales of a
"rosy life" including a concocted story that she underwent months of
swimming exercises in rehabilitation to emerge as a star swimmer.
In her later memoirs, Allyson does describe a summer program of
swimming that did help her recovery.
After gradually progressing from a wheelchair to crutches to braces,
Allyson's true escape from her impoverished life was to go to the
cinema, where she was enraptured by
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
movies. As a teen, Allyson memorized the trademark Ginger Rogers
dance routines; she claimed later to have watched
The Gay Divorcee
The Gay Divorcee 17
times. She also tried to emulate the singing styles of movie stars
although she never mastered reading music. When her mother
remarried and the family was reunited with a more stable financial
standing, Allyson was enrolled in the Ned Wayburn Dancing Academy and
began to enter dance competitions with the stage name of "Elaine
Peters". With the death of her stepfather and a bleak future
ahead, she left high school after completing two and half years, to
seek jobs as a dancer. Her first $60-a-week job was as a tap dancer at
the Lido Club in Montreal. Returning to New York, she found work as an
actress in movie short subjects filmed by
Educational Pictures at its
Astoria, Long Island, studio. Fiercely ambitious, Allyson tried
her hand at modeling, but to her consternation became the "sad-looking
before part" in a before-and-after bathing suit magazine ad. Her
first career break came when Educational cast her as an ingenue
opposite singer Lee Sullivan, comic dancers Herman Timberg, Jr., and
Pat Rooney, Jr., and future comedy star Danny Kaye. When Educational
ceased operations, Allyson moved to
Vitaphone in Brooklyn and starred
or co-starred (with dancer Hal Le Roy) in musical shorts.
Interspersing jobs in the chorus line at the Copacabana Club with
acting roles at Vitaphone, the diminutive 5'1" (1.55 m), weighing less
than 100 pounds, red-headed Allyson landed a chorus job in the
Broadway show Sing out the News in 1938. The legend is that the
choreographer gave her a job and a new name: Allyson, a family name,
and June, for the month, although like many aspects of her career
resume, the story is highly unlikely as she was already dubbing
herself "June Allyson" prior to her Broadway engagement and has even
attributed the name to a later director.[N 2] Allyson subsequently
appeared in the chorus in the Jerome Kern-
Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II musical
Very Warm for May
Very Warm for May (1939).
The handprints of
June Allyson in front of
The Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride at
Walt Disney World's
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Vitaphone discontinued New York production in 1940, Allyson
returned to the New York stage to take on more chorus roles in Rodgers
and Hart's Higher and Higher (1940) and Cole Porter's Panama Hattie
(1940). Her dancing and musical talent led to a stint as an understudy
for the lead, Betty Hutton, and when Hutton contracted measles,
Allyson appeared in five performances of Panama Hattie. Broadway
director George Abbott caught one of the nights, and offered Allyson
one of the lead roles in his production of Best Foot Forward
After her appearance in the Broadway musical, Allyson was selected for
the 1943 film version of Best Foot Forward. When she arrived in
Hollywood, the production had not started, so
MGM "placed her on the
payroll" of Girl Crazy (1943). Despite playing a "bit part", Allyson
received good reviews as a sidekick to Best Foot Forward's star,
Lucille Ball, but was still relegated to the "drop list". MGM's
musical supervisor, Arthur Freed, saw her test sent up by an agent and
insisted that Allyson be put on contract immediately. Another
musical, Thousands Cheer (1943), was again a showcase for her singing
and dancing, albeit still in a minor role. As a new starlet,
although Allyson had already been a performer on stage and screen, she
was presented as an "overnight sensation," with
Hollywood press agents
attempting to portray her as an ingenue, selectively slicing years off
her true age. Studio bios listed her variously as being born in 1922
Allyson's breakthrough was in
Two Girls and a Sailor
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) where the
studio image of the "girl next door" was fostered by her being
cast alongside long-time acting chum Van Johnson, the quintessential
"boy next door." As the "sweetheart team," Johnson and Allyson
were to appear together in four later films.
Allyson's early success as a musical star led to several other postwar
Two Sisters from Boston
Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Good News
(1947). Her “Thou Swell” was a high point of the Rodgers and
Hart biopic Words and Music (1948), as performed in the “A
Connecticut Yankee” segment with the Blackburn Twins. Allyson also
played straight roles, such as Constance in The Three Musketeers
(1948), the tomboy
Jo March in Little Women (1949), and a nurse in
Battle Circus (1953). She was very adept at opening the waterworks
on cue, and many of her films incorporated a crying scene. Fellow MGM
Margaret O'Brien recalled that she and Allyson were known as
"the town criers."
June Allyson in
Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
In 1950 Allyson had been signed to appear opposite her childhood idol
Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production because
of pregnancy. (She was replaced initially by Judy Garland, and later
by Jane Powell.) In 1956 she starred with a young rising star named
Jack Lemmon in the musical comedy, You Can't Run Away From It. Besides
James Stewart was a frequent co-star, teaming up with
Allyson in three popular biographies, The Glenn Miller Story, The
Stratton Story, and Strategic Air Command.
A versatile performer, Allyson also appeared on radio, and after her
film career ended she made a handful of nightclub singing engagements.
In later years, Allyson appeared on television, not only in her own
series, but also in popular programs including
The Love Boat
The Love Boat and
Murder, She Wrote.
The DuPont Show with June Allyson
The DuPont Show with June Allyson ran for two
CBS and was an attempt to use a "high budget" formula. Her
efforts were dismissed by the entertainment reviewer in the LA
Examiner as "reaching down to the level of mag fiction." However,
TV Guide and other fan magazines such as TV considered Allyson's foray
into television as revitalizing her fame and career for a younger
audience, and remarked that her stereotyping by the movie industry as
the "girl next door" was the "waste and neglect of talent on its own
Marriages and children
On her arrival in Hollywood, studio heads attempted to enhance the
Van Johnson and Allyson by sending out the two contracted
players on a series of "official dates", which were highly publicized
and led to a public perception that a romance had been kindled.
Although dating David Rose, Peter Lawford, and John Kennedy, Allyson
was actually being courted by Dick Powell, who was 13 years her senior
and had been previously married to Mildred Maund and Joan
On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused
MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer
some consternation by marrying Dick Powell. After defying him
twice by refusing to stop seeing Powell, in a "tactical master
stroke", she asked Mayer to give her away at the wedding. He was
so disarmed that he agreed but put Allyson on suspension anyway.
The Powells had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted in
1948 through the
Tennessee Children's Home Society
Tennessee Children's Home Society in an adoption
arranged by Georgia Tann) and Richard Powell, Jr., (born December 24,
In 1961, Allyson underwent a kidney operation and later, throat
surgery, temporarily affecting her trademark raspy voice. The
couple briefly separated in 1961, but reconciled and remained married
until his death on January 2, 1963. She also went through a bitter
court battle with her mother over custody of the children she had with
Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with
whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963 to 1975, was named
legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition.
Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently
seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome, and London. However, Summers
refused to marry her and the relationship did not last.
Following her separation from Summers, Allyson was twice married to
and divorced from businessman Alfred Glenn Maxwell, who owned a number
of barbershops and had been Powell's barber. During this time,
Allyson struggled with alcoholism, which she overcame in the
In 1976, Allyson married David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor. The
couple occasionally performed together in regional theater, and in the
late 1970s and early 1980s, toured the
United States with the stage
play My Daughter, Your Son. They also appeared on celebrity cruise
ship tours on the Royal Viking Sky, in a program that highlighted
Allyson's movie career.
After Dick Powell's death, Allyson committed herself to charitable
work on his behalf, championing the importance of research in
urological and gynecological diseases in seniors, and represented the
Kimberly-Clark Corporation in commercials for adult incontinence
products. Following a lifelong interest in health and medical research
(Allyson had initially wanted to use her acting career to fund her own
training as a doctor), she was instrumental in establishing the
June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and Medical Research.
Allyson also financially supported her brother, Dr. Arthur Peters,
through his medical training, and he went on to specialize in
Allyson was a staunch Republican and was a strong supporter of Richard
Powell's wealth made it possible for Allyson effectively to retire
from show business after his death, making only occasional appearances
on talk and variety shows. Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in
1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of
No, No, Nanette.
June Allyson by
June Allyson (1982), received
generally complimentary reviews due to its insider look at Hollywood
in one of its golden ages. A more critical appraisal came from Janet
Maslin at the New York Times in her review, "
Hollywood Leaves Its
Imprint on Its Chroniclers", who noted: "Miss Allyson presents herself
as the same sunny, tomboyish figure she played on screen in
Hollywood... like someone who has come to inhabit the very myths she
helped to create on the screen." Privately, Allyson admitted that
her earlier screen portrayals had left her uneasy about the typecast
"good wife" roles she had played.
As a personal friend of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, she was invited to
many White House dinners, and in 1988, Reagan appointed her to the
Federal Council on Aging. Allyson and her later husband, David Ashrow,
actively supported fund-raising efforts for both the
James Stewart and
Judy Garland museums; both Stewart and Garland had been close
In 1993, actor-turned-agent
Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with
not paying his large commission on the earlier deal on incontinence
product advertising. Allyson denied owing any money, and Ashrow and
she filed a lawsuit for slander and emotional distress, charging that
Ingels was harassing and threatening them, stating Ingels made 138
phone calls during a single eight-hour period. Earlier that year,
Ingels had pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls.
In December 1993, Allyson christened the Holland America Maasdam, one
of the flagships of the Holland America line. Although her heritage,
like much of her personal story, was subject to different
interpretations, Allyson always claimed to be proud of a Dutch
Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III,
as one of the film's narrators. She spoke about MGM's golden era and
introduced vintage film clips. 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. Until 2003, Allyson remained busy touring
the country making personal appearances, headlining celebrity cruises,
and speaking on behalf of Kimberly-Clark, a long-time commercial
interest. The American Urogynecologic Society established the June
Allyson Foundation in 1998 made possible by a grant from
Kimberly-Clark. As the first celebrity to undertake the role of public
spokesperson for promoting the use of the Depend undergarment, Allyson
did "more than any other public figure to encourage and persuade
people with incontinence to lead fuller and more active lives".
Following hip-replacement surgery in 2003, Allyson's health began to
deteriorate. With her husband at her side, she died July 8, 2006, aged
88 at her home in Ojai, California. Her death was a result of
pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. On her death,
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) contributed $25,000 to the June
Allyson Foundation to support research advances in the care and
treatment of women with urinary incontinence.
Awards and honors
1951: won the
Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture
Actress-Musical/Comedy, for Too Young to Kiss.
1954: awarded the
Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at the Venice
Festival, for Executive Suite, in the same year that she was voted
Most Popular Female Star by Photoplay magazine.
1955: named the ninth most popular movie star in the annual Quigley
Exhibitors Poll and the second most popular female star, after Grace
1960: received a motion pictures star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame at
1537 Vine Street for her contributions to the film industry.
1985: received the Cannes Festival Distinguished Service Award.
2007: received a special tribute during the Academy Awards as part of
the annual memorial tribute.
I couldn't dance, and, Lord knows, I couldn't sing, but I got by
somehow. Richard Rodgers was always keeping them from firing me.
June Allyson, 1951, Interview
September 24, 1938 – January 7, 1939
Sing Out the News
November 17, 1939 – January 6, 1940
Very Warm for May
April 4 – June 15, 1940
Higher and Higher
Higher and Higher Specialty Girl
October 30, 1940 – January 3, 1942
October 1, 1941 – July 4, 1942
Best Foot Forward
January 5, 1970
Swing for Sale
Ups and Downs
Dime a Dance
Dates and Nuts
Wilma Brown, Herman's girl
Sing for Sweetie
The Prisoner of Swing
The Knight Is Young
Rollin' in Rhythm
All Girl Revue
Best Foot Forward
Two Girls and a Sailor
Meet the People
Music for Millions
Her Highness and the Bellboy
The Sailor Takes a Wife
Two Sisters from Boston
Martha Canford Chandler
Till the Clouds Roll By
Jane Witherspoon/Lou Ellen Carter
Leave It to Jane
Leave It to Jane and Oh, Boy!
The Secret Heart
The Bride Goes Wild
The Three Musketeers
Words and Music
Alisande La Carteloise
Josephine "Jo" March
The Stratton Story
The Reformer and the Redhead
Too Young to Kiss
The Girl in White
Dr. Emily Barringer
Lt. Ruth McGara
Remains to Be Seen
The Glenn Miller Story
Helen Burger Miller
Mary Blemond Walling
Alternative title: A Woman's World
Strategic Air Command
The McConnell Story
Pearl "Butch" Brown
The Opposite Sex
You Can't Run Away from It
Ellen "Ellie" Andrews
Alternative title: Forbidden Interlude
My Man Godfrey
A Stranger in My Arms
Alternative title: And Ride a Tiger
They Only Kill Their Masters
A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun
The DuPont Show with June Allyson
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Episode: "Cry Hope! Cry Hate!"
Dick Powell Theatre
Episode: "Who Killed Beau Sparrow?"
The Name of the Game
Segment: "High on a Rainbow"
See the Man Run
The ABC Comedy Hour
Episode: "The Twentieth Century Folies"
The Sixth Sense
Mrs. Ruth Desmond
Episode: "Witness Within"
Letters from Three Lovers
Episode: "Eden's Gate"
Curse of the Black Widow
Three on a Date
Episode: "High Roller"
The Love Boat
The Incredible Hulk
Dr. Kate Lowell
Episode: "Brain Child"
Episode: "I'll Be Suing You"
The Kid with the Broken Halo
Simon & Simon
Episode: "The Last Time I Saw Michael"
Hart to Hart'
Episode: "Always, Elizabeth"
Murder, She Wrote
Episode: "Hit, Run and Homicide"
Misfits of Science
Episode: "Steer Crazy"
Crazy Like a Fox
Episode: "Hearing Is Believing"
Episode: "Little Wolf"
Pros and Cons
Episode: "It's the Pictures That Got Small"
Episode: "Who Killed the Toy Maker?"
These Old Broads
Lady in Hotel
Box Office Ranking
For a number of years exhibitors voted Allyson among the most popular
stars in the country:
1950 - 14th (US)
1954 - 11th (US)
1955 - 9th (US)
1956 - 15th (US)
1957 - 23rd (US)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Mrs. X Can't Find Mr. X
Stars in the Air
The Bride Goes Wild
Lux Radio Theatre
The Girl in White
List of actors with
Hollywood Walk of Fame motion picture stars
^ During her lifetime Allyson published an autobiography that has led
to much of the confusion as her recollections did not correspond to
the actual record, starting with her birthdate and her family
MGM was partly to blame as the studio PR machine created a
"goody two-shoes" image of a young ingenue which required some
imaginative tailoring of her age, family circumstances, and even her
famous "tree limb" story.
^ The name "June Allyson" has been attributed to three different
sources and June herself had a different memory of from where it came,
but the use of a nickname and stage name had already begun in her teen
years. On the Larry King interview, her recollection was that Broadway
producer George Abbott had given her the name, while other sources
have her first stage choreographer calling her that in exasperation,
as he could not be bothered to remember her real one; at least that
was the tale in her book. Probably, it made sense to her, as she liked
"Allison", her brother's name, and simply tacked "June" onto it, and
was reportedly using it before her Broadway debut.
^ a b c "
Kimberly-Clark Corporation Honors
June Allyson And Her
Humanitarian Contributions: Long-Time Depend Brand Spokesperson
Educated Millions on Incontinence."
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, July
11, 2006. Retrieved: May 12, 2012.
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