Actress June Lockhart has led an incredible life and has had quite a career in the world of film. The now 97-year-old star has been part of the industry for nearly 80 years.
Lockhart started acting at a young age. Her first ever film is A Christmas Carol, in which she appeared together with her parents in 1938. After landing few minor roles, she was cast as the lead in the critically acclaimed film She-Wolf of London. However, one of her most memorable role has to be the one in Lassie, in which she played a mother and did justice to the role, thus earned critical acclaim for it.
She once described the show as “a fairy tale about people on a farm in which the dog solves all the problems in 22 minutes, in time for the last commercial.”
Another film which helped Lockhart’s career skyrocket was Lost in Space in which she played the role of Dr. Maureen Robinson.
Her on-screen son, actor Bill Mumy, shared some interesting details about Lockhart, among which that she carried a photo of artist David Bowie around with her. Further, Mumy said, “June is such an interesting character… She is, without a doubt, one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life. She is truly a rock & roll goddess. I swear to god. She lives for rock & roll.”
Lockhart’s work in motion pictures and her work on television brought her two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received both of them on the same day, February 8, 1960. She has also received the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal by NASA to appreciate her efforts in helping the public become more interested in space.
Lockhart is the daughter of Gene Lockhart, a Canadian-born entertainer who rose to prominence on Broadway in 1933 with Ah, Wilderness!, and Kathleen Lockhart, an English-born entertainer. Being born to parents who have been involved in the entertainment industry, it didn’t come as a surprise that she chose the same career path for herself, and Lockhart’s two daughters did the same, they followed into their mother’s footsteps and pursued careers in Hollywood. Anne Lockhart and Lizabeth Lockhart, whom June Lockhart has with John Maloney, are both actresses.
Lockhart and Maloney were married from 1951 to 1959. Then, from 1959 to 1970, she was married to John Lindsay.
”My daughter, Junie, and granddaughter, Christianna, have never let me forget that the first words I ever spoke in movies were: ‘I know, I know–sausages!’ It’s become a family joke and we all shriek with laughter when we watch it now,” she said. “Watching the film has become a family tradition each year. And now, to be able to watch it with my grandchildren—well, who gets to do something like that?,” Lockhart said in 2014.
During the last couple of years, Lockhart hasn’t made any public appearances and what we know of her is that she is currently living in California.
In one of her interviews, which she have back in 2015, she looked back on her life and said, ”I’ve had many opportunities that just dropped into my lap over the years and I’m glad I was equal to them,” adding, ”I used to think 90, gosh, that’s old. But I feel 55. I’m very fortunate to still be active and working.”
One thing is certain; despite her advanced age, she hasn’t lost any of her beauty.
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