Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Birthday: June Haver!

June Haver (June 10, 1926 – July 4, 2005). After her family moved to Ohio, 7 year old Haver won a contest of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. At age 8, she won a film test by imitating famous actresses: Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and Helen Hayes. At age 10, she moved to Rock Island, where she began performing with Rudy Vallee. She later performed with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra, Dick Jurgens and Freddy Martin.

While she was performing in a play, she was discovered by 20th Century Fox. In 1943, Haver signed a contract with the studio. She was dropped soon after, because the studio felt that she looked too young, but Haver was re-hired, after changing her clothes and hairstyle. She debuted in the film, Home In Indiana (1944). She was to replace Faye in the film, Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Later that year she co-starred with future husband, Fred MacMurray in, Where Do We Go From Here?, which was the only time they ever performed together.

During her career at Fox, Haver was to be the next Betty Grable (she was known as "Pocket Grable"). She even co-starred with Grable in the film, The Dolly Sisters (1945), a film for which she had to put on weight.
Haver debuted in 1948 in a dramatic role in Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!. The same year, she starred in the musical, Look for the Silver Lining (1948).

Following her marriage to Fred MacMurray, Haver retired from acting (her last appearances were as herself on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in 1958 and Disneyland '59). The couple adopted two daughters and remained together until MacMurray's death in 1991.


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