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:
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.
Miss Allyson, now staring with Jeff Chandler and Sandra Dee in Universal-International’s adult love drama, “Stranger in My Arms,” reports that physicians have diagnosed her condition as enlarged vocal cords, plus a chronic bronchial stricture.
Could Be Soprano
“I’ve been told that the entire matter could be surgically corrected in a 15-minute session,” she says. “that could make me a soprano, just like most other women, but as long as I’m in films I don’t think it would be advisable.”
According to the star her entire career once hinged on the throaty quality of her voice, and the glint in her eyes.
It happened, she said, when she first arrived in Hollywood. At the special request of Producer Joe Pasternak, she was given a screen test at MGM.
Her pint-sized stature (she’s only one inch over the 5-foot mark)—seemed to be against her, however, and she held little practical hope when she sat in at the running of the test footage.
The late Louis B. Mayer was the one who was to make the final decision. He didn’t appear overly impressed.
Eyes Had It
Pasternak apparently sensed this, too, because he suddenly spoke up above the dialogue coming from the screen.
“All I want you to do, “ he said to Mayer, “Is look at her eyes…and listen to her voice.”
This was the clincher, and from that moment on the name of June Allyson began to loom ever larger on the Hollywood scene.
The actress says she is deeply moved by the interest of fans who want to help her overcome her low-pitched voice, but if she took their advice she might easily talk herself out of pictures.
“And I just don’t feel like retiring,” she says.