Monday, July 10, 2006

Original 'Girl next door" June Allyson dies at 88

June Allyson, the stage, film and television actress best known for her girl-next-door charm and winsomely husky voice in such 1940s MGM classics as "Good News" and "Little Women," has died at age 88, her husband said on Monday.

Under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she went on to play wholesome, perky roles in a string of light comedies, musicals and romances, including "Music for Millions," "Two Girls and a Sailor" (the first of five pairings opposite Van Johnson) "Little Women" and "Good News." In the latter two films, she starred opposite Peter Lawford.

She won a Golden Globe Award for her 1951 role in "Too Young to Kiss," where she played a talented pianist who poses as a child prodigy to gain an audition for a music impresario who is holding tryouts for a kids' concert tour.

Actress June Allyson dies at 88 |

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