June Preisser

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June Preisser
June Preisser in Strike Up the Band trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film
Strike Up the Band (1940).
Born (1920-06-26)June 26, 1920
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died September 19, 1984(1984-09-19) (aged 64)
Florida, USA

June Preisser (June 26, 1920 – September 19, 1984) was an American actress, briefly popular in musical films during the late 1930s and early 1940s, many of which capitalized on her skills as an acrobat.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Preisser was one of six children, and was an underweight baby. Her parents sent her to an athletic club at an early age, in an attempt to build her strength. There she, and her sister Cherry, learnt acrobatics. Their mother was keen to have them follow a career in showbusiness, especially when their father died suddenly, leaving the family with few options to make a living. When Preisser was nine years old an actor noticed the two sisters performing acrobatics on a sidewalk near their home, and his interest in them eventually led to them working in vaudeville, and later for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1934 and 1936.[1]

The Preisser sisters were successful in the United States, and also performed in Europe, most notably for George VI of the United Kingdom. Cherry retired in 1938 following her marriage, and June was signed to a film contract by MGM. Her first film Dancing Co-Ed (1939) provided only a small part, but her next film, Babes in Arms (1939), gave her a significant role opposite Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. She performed with Rooney and Garland again in Strike Up the Band (1940), and with Rooney in two "Andy Hardy" films, Judge Hardy and Son (1939) and Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941).

from the trailer for Gallant Sons (1940)

Gallant Sons (1940) placed her in a comedic murder mystery, and she played her first lead role opposite Jimmy Lydon in Henry Aldrich for President (1941), and followed this with Sweater Girl (1942), opposite Eddie Bracken. She continued her career following her marriage in 1942 to J. Moss Terry, and the birth of a son, Ricky. By this time, MGM had little interest in promoting her, and she left to work for Monogram Pictures. She continued to appear in musical comedies over the next few years, and played the character "Dodie Rogers" in seven "high school" comedy films with Frankie Darro and Noel Neill from 1946 to 1948. Her final film was Music Man (1948), and after appearing in a Los Angeles theater production of Annie Get Your Gun, Preisser retired from acting.[2]

She divorced not long after, and taught dancing and acrobatics in Los Angeles, before moving with her son to Florida. They were both killed in a car accident during a severe storm on September 19, 1984 in Florida.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "June Preisser". Picking.com citing Screen Guide, September 1940. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "June Preisser Biography". Fandango. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 

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