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July 11, 2006
Actress June Allyson, the 'perfect wife,' dead at 88
June Allyson, the sunny, raspy-voiced "perfect wife" of James Stewart, Van Johnson and other movie heroes, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at her home in Ojai, Calif. She was 88. 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, blond and alive with fresh-faced optimism, she seemed the ideal sweetheart and wife, supportive and unthreatening. Her movie roles included Then in Two Girls and a Sailor, Music for Millions, The Sailor Takes a Wife, Two Sisters From Boston, Good News, The Stratton Story, The Glenn Miller Story, Strategic Air Command and Little Women. TV roles included The Dupont Show With June Allyson, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. She was married to Dick Powell, the crooner who turned serious actor and then producer-director and television tycoon, from 1949 until his death in 1963.