July 11th, 2006


June Allyson.

Dadgummit, June Allyson died Saturday.

Allyson was a cute, whiskey-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age. She had great charm, and excelled at playing good girls when bad girls were all the rage. Tough calling! Check her out in Battle Circus, as a sweet-but-beleaguered lieutenant opposite Bogey's darkened soul. Lovely counterpoint there. She also warrants extra points for guest-starring on The Incredible Hulk, The Misfits of Science, and (drum-roll) Airwolf!! And also for daring to become a spokeswoman for the battle against incontinence.

Although Allyson's career ended decades ago, I'm sorry to see her go. She was 88, and it's one of those cases where you just assume the person had died already, and then you're sorry you never sent 'em fan mail.

Man, I gotta write Olivia De Havilland one of these days....