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June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) grew up in near poverty in The Bronx, New York. Her father abandoned the family when she was six months old and her mother sent her around to numerous family members to be raised. At age 8, while riding a tricycle, a tree branch fell on top of her, fracturing her skull and breaking her back. After wearing a heavy steel brace from her neck to her hips for four years, and progressing from wheelchair to crutches to braces, she finally regained her health. Meanwhile, she escaped her impoverished life by going to the movies and falling in love with Ginger Rogers. She memorized her dance routines and tried to emulate other famous singer’s voices. After completing only two years of high school and not seeing a bright future at home, she left to seek jobs as a dancer. Hired by Educational Pictures, she found parts in short films and then later moved to Vitaphone and starred in musical shorts. Eventually she won dancing parts on the New York stage and as an understudy for Betty Hutton, filled in for her one night and was seen by a Hollywood producer. She immediately had a bit-part role in 1943’s Best Foot Forward but was put on the drop list but Arthur Freed saw her test film and requested she be put on contract with MGM. The next year saw her breakthrough role in Two Girls and a Sailor with Van Johnson and was dubbed a “breakout sensation” although she was already a veteran of the stage and screen. After becoming one of the biggest stars of the 1950’s, she turned to radio and eventually television, hosting her own series. She always played the “good wife” roles (Executive Suite, The Glenn Miller Story, Strategic Air Command, etc.) or the “girl next door” roles (Good News, Jo in Little Women, The Three Musketeers, etc.) and later admitted that she was afraid of being type casted, but those roles are what the public loved to see her in. She also was that “good girl” in her personal life away from Hollywood, which makes her even more enduring today!