Dick and June, Duet in Tune

Looking at Hollywood with Hedda Hopper
Chicago Sunday Tribune
November 9, 1950

June Allyson says her husband, Dick Powell, can talk people out of anything. Having seen the gent in action, I’m inclined to agree. But in one instance he failed notably. He couldn’t talk Metro into lending him his wife to play his wife in “Mrs. Mike.” The studio, it seemed, didn’t think that co-starring a married couple would be good box office.

But Dick’s argument to the contrary must have left an impression, even if it did work in reverse. Metro talked him into coming to the lot and co-starring in two pictures with his wife. The first, “The Reformer and the Redhead,” was well received by the public.

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June Likes Husky Voice

Los Angeles Mirror News
November 18, 1958

June Allyson is highly appreciative of the solicitude of hundreds of fans who keep writing to tell her how to get rid of the huskiness of her voice, but she says:

”No, thanks.”

The actress says she is fully aware there is an imperfection in her voice but that, since she has had it since the start of her film career, she probably wouldn’t seem the same without it.

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June Allyson, Paradox Among Pin-Up Girls

MGM News
July 9, 1945

Hollywood (Special)—There’s a cute little blonde in Hollywood whose pictures are pinned up as much as any, and yet the very G.I.’s who ask for those pictures say, “We like you because you’re not a Pin-Up Girl.”

Subject of this paradox is pert June Allyson.

Traditionally, service men are devoted to those motion picture femmes who qualify in the Peggy and Varga girl brackets, and it’s true that there are hundreds of thousands of super glamour pictures hung above bunks in battleships and in barracks all over the world. But all of the sudden, June has nosed into Hollywood’s first five for G.I fan mail—and she doesn’t get her thousands of letters on that type of appeal at all!

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The Role I liked Best

by June Allyson
Saturday Evening Post
July 5, 1947

The role of Barbara, in Music for Millions, was literally a tonic for me. I was in bed recuperating from pneumonia when I had learned I had been assigned to the part; twenty minutes later, I was out of bed and feeling fine. Over a longer period this part proved equally good for my career. It was my first straight dramatic role, and the most adult, intelligent one I have ever played.

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