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Actress June Allyson Dies At 88
ktla.trb.com ^ | July 10, 2006 | Bob Thomas

Posted on 07/10/2006 2:45:35 PM PDT by lunarbicep

June Allyson, the sunny, cracked-voiced "perfect wife" of James Stewart, Van Johnson and other movie heroes, has died, her daughter Pamela Allyson Powell said Monday. She was 88.

Allyson died Saturday at her home in Ojai, with her husband of nearly 30 years, David Ashrow, at her side, Powell said in a telephone interview.

She died of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis after a long illness, Powell said.

During World War II, American GIs pinned up photos of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, but June Allyson was the girl they wanted to come home to. Petite, blonde and alive with fresh-faced optimism, she seemed the ideal sweetheart and wife, supporting and unthreatening.

"I had the most wonderful last meeting with June at her house in Ojai. We had gotten lost in the car. She told me: 'I could wait for you forever.' We were such dear friends. I will miss her," lifelong friend Esther Williams said.

With typical wonderment, Allyson expressed surprise in a 1986 interview that she had ever become a movie star:

"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."


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1 posted on 07/10/2006 2:45:37 PM PDT by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

June Allyson was one of my favorites. Always clean, sweet and so very likeable.


2 posted on 07/10/2006 2:48:51 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: lunarbicep
RIP


3 posted on 07/10/2006 2:49:03 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Madeline Albright ZaPeezda, no doubt about it!)
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To: lunarbicep

A different more pleasant time she represented.


4 posted on 07/10/2006 2:49:03 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: lunarbicep

I thought she was really something in the Glenn Miller story. Hate to hear of this but we all have to go sometime. RIP.


5 posted on 07/10/2006 2:49:46 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in Peace

6 posted on 07/10/2006 2:52:09 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: lunarbicep
"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 have described better than she did why she was the perfect wife in so many great roles.

If only there were just a few like her in film today.

7 posted on 07/10/2006 2:52:35 PM PDT by llevrok ("Drink your beer, damnit! There are people in Africa sober.")
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To: lunarbicep

I'll say a prayer for this nice lady. Rest in peace, June.


8 posted on 07/10/2006 2:52:39 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: lunarbicep

Always used to confuse her with Barbara Bel Geddes.


9 posted on 07/10/2006 2:54:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: RichardW

If everyone must die sometime, What's keeping that traitor Harry Belafonte alive? I would trade 1000 Banana Boat Harrys for just one June Allison.


10 posted on 07/10/2006 2:54:36 PM PDT by wmileo
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To: lunarbicep

I always liked her. She was real American.

If you haven't been to Ojai, I suggest you go. It's a nice little town. Hot in the summer.


11 posted on 07/10/2006 2:54:50 PM PDT by garyhope ("In vino veritas" Especially a good red wine with a nice grilled steak and baked potato.)
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To: JustAmy
June was my first "crush"...I watched " Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Strategic Air Command"
every chance I got..Even though she was
28 years my elder...
Fine lady..RIP June
12 posted on 07/10/2006 2:56:02 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: lunarbicep
Wasn't she in the original "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" looking for Harry?
13 posted on 07/10/2006 2:58:30 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: Robe

I remember having a crush on her too.

You were too young for her. I was only 25 years her junior.


14 posted on 07/10/2006 2:59:56 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Suzy Quzy
Hi All-

"...A different more pleasant time she represented..."

Indeed. Back in the days when Americans didn't jump to immediately blame other Americans for the ills of the world. Patriotism and decency was expected from all. Parents had a clue of what their kids were doing.

~ Blue Jays ~

15 posted on 07/10/2006 3:00:13 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: lunarbicep

You working the obits today?


16 posted on 07/10/2006 3:01:16 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: lunarbicep; Central Scrutiniser

Part of evil elitist Hollywood spewing out its perverted filth...


17 posted on 07/10/2006 3:01:34 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: lunarbicep

I met her about 10 years ago. Such a nice lady. I live in the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart. She was at the Jimmy Stewart museum. I loved "The Glenn Miller Story".


18 posted on 07/10/2006 3:01:34 PM PDT by sneakers (Freedom is the answer to the human condition)
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To: lunarbicep

Actress June Allyson Dies At 88

Well....that Depends...

19 posted on 07/10/2006 3:01:48 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸Ooooh...I think I over-medicated¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸)
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To: RichardW
I thought she was really something in the Glenn Miller story.

Unfortunately, what she and James Stewart were in that movie---through no fault of their own---was a bowdlerised version of Helen and Glenn Miller. (It only begins with the fact that "Little Brown Jug" was not just some brand-new entry in the Miller book that he planned to play on a radio broadcast as a surprise for her that ended up being played in his memory. Miller had had a hit with the song before he went into the Army Air Force, whether or not he really did hate the song as the film also portrayed. The good news is that the Miller film wasn't quite the worst bowdlerisation of a musician's story---for my money, the top honour is a dead heat between the films made of the lives of Benny Goodman and Red Nichols, and there's something rotten to be said about the films made about Gene Krupa and the Dorsey brothers, too.)

But that said, now June Allyson returns to her true love. Dick Powell has been waiting for her for years. Here's to the last surviving co-founder of Four Star Productions, a lady with class and understated grace, reunited to the true love of her life.

20 posted on 07/10/2006 3:02:12 PM PDT by BluesDuke (My schizophrenic career has made my life no bed of neuroses.---Goodman Ace.)
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To: martin_fierro
My dad just loved "America's Sweetheart" and took me to see her films at the "Old Time Movie House." They played classic films before the VCR made them obsolete. He explained her importance to me at the same time that he explained why he wouldn't cross the street to pee on Jane Fonda if she were on fire.

A clip of June's beautiful voice.

21 posted on 07/10/2006 3:02:40 PM PDT by Dutchgirl (Jeg er en dansker (I am a Dane.))
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To: garyhope

Thanks.


22 posted on 07/10/2006 3:02:49 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: leadpenny

Touche..LOL


23 posted on 07/10/2006 3:03:14 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: BluesDuke

How about that 'Rhapsody in Blue' travesty with Robert Alda?


24 posted on 07/10/2006 3:04:30 PM PDT by Borges
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To: lunarbicep

She was a FRiend of Ronald Reagan and if I recall, he appointed her to a committee on aging.


25 posted on 07/10/2006 3:04:30 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: lunarbicep

I have a vague recollection that June Allyson said it was her late husband Dick Powell who talked Ronald Reagan out of liberalism and into conservatism. I don't know if that's true, but I think it is true that she and Ronald Reagan were good friends, which says a lot about her IMHO.

And ditto on the Glenn Miller story -- one of the great bios.


26 posted on 07/10/2006 3:05:00 PM PDT by AConnecticutYankee
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To: 4yearlurker
Wasn't she in the original "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" looking for Harry?

I didn't see it listed, but could have missed it

June Allyson credits @ IMDb

27 posted on 07/10/2006 3:06:24 PM PDT by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: garyhope

It's a beautiful town. My brother lives there.


28 posted on 07/10/2006 3:09:00 PM PDT by murdoog
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To: Robe

I can see why she was your first crush.

I remember many of her movies. She was 20 years my senior and I wanted to see any movie she was in. I remember her in Good News with Van Johnson. Cute movie. Wholesome.


29 posted on 07/10/2006 3:14:14 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: lunarbicep

Amazing woman. The daughter speaking of
her mother's demise was the adopted child
of June and Dick Powell, who were married
for 18 years until his death in 1960's. I
recall she had a lot of problems with her
own mother over money the after Dick Powell
died.


30 posted on 07/10/2006 3:14:37 PM PDT by Grendel9 (quen)
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To: 4yearlurker
Allison Hayes was in the 1958 movie!

June was great and everybody would be happy to take her to meet their Mothers unless something was wrong with them.
31 posted on 07/10/2006 3:15:12 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: AConnecticutYankee

It was that movie that got me interested in the music of Glenn Miller.

She was a talented and classy lady. Something that "stars" nowadays can't claim.


32 posted on 07/10/2006 3:16:19 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: lunarbicep

I always loved her. Nice, clean actress. She lived a nice long life...and is now with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


33 posted on 07/10/2006 3:16:49 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

LOL...took me TWICE to get it!!


34 posted on 07/10/2006 3:17:36 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Borges
How about that 'Rhapsody in Blue' travesty with Robert Alda?

I actually hadn't known about that one before I'd seen the travesties about Glenn Miller, Red Nichols (though Danny Kaye was marvelous in that one), Benny Goodman (even if Steve Allen was a dead ringer for His Majesty), the Dorseys, and Gene Krupa. I think I was probably afraid to go near it in that light. ;)

35 posted on 07/10/2006 3:18:04 PM PDT by BluesDuke (My schizophrenic career has made my life no bed of neuroses.---Goodman Ace.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Right you are! I got the Allisons mixed up.
36 posted on 07/10/2006 3:20:31 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: AConnecticutYankee
I remember her best for one of my all-time favorite movies, "No Highway in the Sky" in which she co-starred with Jimmy Stewart.

Until someone posted it, I had forgotten "Four Star Productions." There's a memory of my childhood that hadn't surfaced in years!

37 posted on 07/10/2006 3:22:03 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: llevrok
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.

Nothing personal, June...but if Cyd Charisse would have me, I'd send Mom & Dad a postcard on our honeymoon.


38 posted on 07/10/2006 3:26:35 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (New popular baby names for daughters of liberals: Fallujah, Haditha, Murtha)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
June was great and everybody would be happy to take her to meet their Mothers unless something was wrong with them.

You're right, some mothers wouldn't be happy with ANYONE Sonny brought home.

39 posted on 07/10/2006 3:27:08 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: lunarbicep

So who are the next two celebs?


40 posted on 07/10/2006 3:29:28 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: JustAmy

I'm with you. One of my favorites, big time. God Bless her.


41 posted on 07/10/2006 3:29:30 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: L.N. Smithee

Woooof!!


42 posted on 07/10/2006 3:36:39 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: Robe
28 years my elder...

Ditto, Robe,on your entire post, including the age difference. Same here. RIP, June

43 posted on 07/10/2006 3:44:21 PM PDT by OBXWanderer
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To: 4yearlurker

No that was Allison Hayes


44 posted on 07/10/2006 3:45:59 PM PDT by packrat35 (guest worker/day worker=SlaveMart)
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To: lunarbicep

When I was kid growing up she was one of my favorites. This is one of those obits where you say "I did not know she/he was still alive."


45 posted on 07/10/2006 4:09:50 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: lunarbicep

When I was kid growing up she was one of my favorites. This is one of those obits where you say "I did not know she/he was still alive."


46 posted on 07/10/2006 4:09:53 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: L.N. Smithee

Cyd Charisse is still with us at 85. As is her husband Tony Martin, 93. Married 58 years. Wow!!


47 posted on 07/10/2006 4:17:55 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: AConnecticutYankee
June Allyson said it was her late husband Dick Powell who talked Ronald Reagan out of liberalism and into conservatism.

The way I read it once was Dick and June had been trying for years to convince Reagan. One day, he said, all right you've convinced me. Dick to turned to June and said now the SOB will probably wind up being President of the United States. RIP, June, Dick, and Ronnie.

48 posted on 07/10/2006 4:18:58 PM PDT by Rider on the Rain
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To: lunarbicep

God Bless you Dear Lady, RIP!


49 posted on 07/10/2006 4:24:54 PM PDT by docman57 (Retired but still on Duty)
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To: Dutchgirl

her voice ... I cried.


50 posted on 07/10/2006 4:26:01 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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