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June Walker

Biography: 

(1904-1966)

June Walker played the woman with the attitude, whether it was Kiki or Lorelie Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." The mainstay of romantic comedies in the 1920s, June Walker was a can-do performer with a zest for exploration, willing to try her hand in agitprop avant-garde material such as "Processional" or dreamy Americana such as "Green Grow the Lilacs." Never quite the incindiary star herself, she enjoyed professional respect and often received the first call lead for touring versions of Broadway hits. She circulated the provincial cities of America from the 1920s through the 1940s in stage hits such as "Bachelor Father" (she created the role of Antoinette "Tony" Flagg) and "Life with Father." Her Broadway career spanned 50 years, from 1918's "The Bethrothal" to 1958's "Blue Denim." David S. Shields/ALS