June 25, 1925
New York City, U.S.
|Children||2, including Anne Lockhart|
June Lockhart (born June 25, 1925) is an American actress, beginning a film career in the late 1930s in such films as A Christmas Carol and Meet Me in St. Louis. She primarily acted in 1950s and 1960s television, and with performances on stage and in film. On two television series, Lassie and Lost in Space, she played mother roles. She also portrayed Dr. Janet Craig on the CBS television sitcom Petticoat Junction (1968–70). She is a two-time Emmy Award nominee and a Tony Award winner. With a career spanning nearly 90 years, she has one of the longest entertainment careers and is of the last surviving actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
June Lockhart was born on June 25, 1925, in New York City, New York. She is the daughter of Canadian-American actor Gene Lockhart, who came to prominence on Broadway in 1933 in Ah, Wilderness!, and English-born actress Kathleen Lockhart ((née Arthur). Her grandfather was John Coates Lockhart, "a concert-singer".
Lockhart made her film debut opposite her parents in a film version of A Christmas Carol in 1938. She also played supporting parts in Meet Me in St. Louis, Sergeant York, All This, and Heaven Too, and The Yearling. She played a key role in Son of Lassie (1945), a concept that she revisited at length during the television series Lassie more than a dozen years later. She was the top-billed star of She-Wolf of London (1946).
Lockhart debuted on stage at the age of 8, playing Mimsey in Peter Ibbetson, presented by the Metropolitan Opera. In 1947, her acting in For Love or Money brought her out of her parents' shadow and gained her notice as "a promising movie actress in her own right." One newspaper article began, "June Lockhart has burst on Broadway with the suddenness of an unpredicted comet."
In 1955, Lockhart appeared in an episode of CBS's Appointment with Adventure. About this time, she also made several appearances on NBC's legal drama Justice, based on case files of the Legal Aid Society of New York. In the late 1950s, Lockhart guest-starred in several popular television Westerns, including Wagon Train (in the episode "The Ricky an Laura Bell Story") and Cimarron City (in the episode "Medicine Man" with Gary Merrill) on NBC, and Gunsmoke, Have Gun – Will Travel, and Rawhide on CBS.
In 1958, Lockhart was the narrator for Playhouse 90's telecast of the George Balanchine version of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, featuring Balanchine himself as Drosselmeyer, along with the New York City Ballet.
Lockhart is best known for her roles as TV mothers, first as Ruth Martin, the wife of Paul Martin (portrayed by Hugh Reilly) and the mother of Timmy Martin (played by Jon Provost) in the 1950s CBS series Lassie (a role that she played from 1958 to 1964). She replaced actress Cloris Leachman, who, in turn, had replaced Jan Clayton – who had played a similar character earlier in the series. Following her five-year run on Lassie, Lockhart made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as defendant Mona Stanton Harvey in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor". Lockhart then starred as Dr. Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space, which ran from 1965 to 1968 on CBS, opposite veteran actors Guy Williams and Jonathan Harris.
In 1965, Lockhart played librarian Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California, in the episode "Magic Locket" of the syndicated Western series, Death Valley Days. Lockhart then appeared as Dr. Janet Craig on the final two seasons of the CBS sitcom Petticoat Junction (1968–1970); her character was brought in to fill the void created after Bea Benaderet died during the run of the show. She was a regular in the ABC soap opera General Hospital during the 1980s and 1990s, and was also a voice actor, providing the voice of Martha Day, the lead character in the Hanna-Barbera animated series These Are the Days on ABC during the 1970s.
Lockhart appeared as a hostess on the Miss USA Pageant on CBS for six years, the Miss Universe Pageant on CBS for six years, the Tournament of Roses Parade on CBS for eight years, and the Thanksgiving Parade on CBS for five years.
In 1986, Lockhart appeared in the fantasy film, Troll. The younger version of her character in that film was played by her daughter, Anne Lockhart. They had previously played the same woman at two different ages in the "Lest We Forget" episode of the television series Magnum, P.I. (1981). In 1991, Lockhart appeared as Miss Wiltrout, Michelle Tanner's kindergarten teacher on the TV sitcom Full House. She also had a cameo in the 1998 film Lost in Space, based on the television series in which she had starred 30 years earlier. In 2002, she appeared in two episodes of The Drew Carey Show as Lewis's mother, Misty Kiniski, alongside fellow TV mom Marion Ross, who played Drew's mother.
In 2004, Lockhart voiced the role of Grandma Emma Fowler in Focus on the Family's The Last Chance Detectives audio cases. Lockhart starred as James Caan's mother in an episode of Las Vegas in 2004. Lockhart has since guest-starred in episodes of Cold Case and Grey's Anatomy, in the 2007 ABC Family television film Holiday in Handcuffs, and in the 2007 feature film Wesley.
In February 2013, Lockhart began filming for Tesla Effect, a video game that combines live-action footage with three-dimensional graphics, which was released in May 2014.
In 1948, Lockhart received a Special Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer (a category that no longer exists) for her role on Broadway in For Love or Money. June donated her TONY Award to the Smithsonian Institution in 2008 for display in the museum's permanent entertainment archives. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures (6323 Hollywood Boulevard) and one for television (6362 Hollywood Boulevard). Both were dedicated on February 8, 1960. In 2013, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded her the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for inspiring the public about space exploration.
In 1951, Lockhart married John F. Maloney. They had two daughters including Anne Lockhart and June Elizabeth. The couple divorced in 1959. She married architect John Lindsay that same year, but they divorced in October 1970 and she has not remarried. Politically active, Lockhart has been involved in the campaigns of Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson II, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Hubert Humphrey. Lockhart is a Roman Catholic.
|1938||A Christmas Carol||Belinda Cratchit|
|1940||All This, and Heaven Too||Isabelle|
|1941||Adam Had Four Sons||Vance|
|Sergeant York||Rosie York|
|1942||Miss Annie Rooney||Stella Bainbridge|
|1943||Forever and a Day||Girl in Air Raid Shelter||Alternate title: The Changing World|
|1944||Meet Me in St. Louis||Lucille Ballard|
|The White Cliffs of Dover||Betsy Kenney at Age 18||uncredited|
|1945||Keep Your Powder Dry||Sarah Swanson|
|Son of Lassie||Priscilla|
|1946||She-Wolf of London||Phyllis Allenby|
|1947||Bury Me Dead||Barbara Carlin|
|It's a Joke, Son!||Marylou Claghorn|
|1957||Time Limit||Mrs. Cargill|
|1981||Peter-No-Tail||Mother||Voice, English version|
|1982||Butterfly||Mrs. Helen Gillespie|
|Deadly Games||Marge Lawrence|
|Aladdin and the Magic Lamp||Aladdin's Mother||Voice, English version|
|1983||Strange Invaders||Mrs. Bigelow|
|1986||Troll||Eunice St. Clair|
|1988||Rented Lips||Archie's Mother|
|1989||C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.||Gracie|
|The Big Picture||Janet Kingsley|
|1991||Dead Women in Lingerie||Ma|
|1994||Sleep with Me||Caroline|
|Tis the Season||Mrs. Livingston|
|1998||Lost in Space||Principal Cartwright|
|1999||Deterrence||Secretary of State Clift|
|2000||The Thundering 8th||Margaret Howard|
|2001||One Night at McCool's||Bingo Player||Uncredited|
|2012||Zombie Hamlet||Hester Beauchamps|
|2016||The Remake||Irene O'Connor|
|2019||Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm||Mindy the Owl|
|1949||The Ford Theatre Hour||Amy March||1 episode|
|1956||Science Fiction Theatre||Eve Patrick||1 episode|
|1957||The Joseph Cotten Show||Julie Baggs||1 episode|
|The Kaiser Aluminum Hour||Verna||1 episode|
|Have Gun – Will Travel||Dr. Phyllis Thackeray||2 episodes|
|1958||Shirley Temple's Storybook||Beauty's Sister||1 episode|
|Wagon Train||Sarah Drummond||1 episode|
|Matinee Theater||Connie||1 episode|
|Playhouse 90||Narrator||1 episode|
|1958–1964||Lassie||Ruth Martin||200 episodes|
|1959||Rawhide||Rainy Dawson||1 episode|
|General Electric Theater||Vera||1 episode|
|1960||Wagon Train||Laura Bell||1 episode|
|1964||Perry Mason||Mona Stanton Harvey||1 episode|
|Bewitched||Mrs. Burns||1 episode|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Dr. Ellen Bryce||1 episode|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Sarah Taub||1 episode|
|1965||Branded||Mrs. Sue Pritchett||1 episode|
|The Magic Locket||Miss Ina Coolbrith||Episode 44|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Martha Hunter||Episode: "The Second Wife"|
|Mr. Novak||Mrs. Nelby||Episode: "Once a Clown"|
|1965–1968||Lost in Space||Maureen Robinson||84 episodes|
|1968–1970||Petticoat Junction||Dr. Janet Craig||45 episodes|
|1968||Family Affair||Miss Evans||3 episodes|
|1971||The Man and the City||Ellen Lewis||1 episode|
|1974||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Lila||1 episode|
|Adam-12||Mrs. Whitney||Episodes: "Camp" Part 1 & 2|
|1975||Ellery Queen||Claudia Wentworth||1 episode|
|New Zoo Revue||Penelope Potter||1 episode|
|1976||Happy Days||Judge McKay||1 episode|
|Quincy, M.E.||Clara Rhoades||1 episode|
|1978||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Mrs. Migley||1 episode|
|1981||Vega$||Dr. Michaels||1 episode|
|Magnum, P.I.||Diane Westmore Pauley||1 episode|
|Darkroom||Margo Haskell||1 episode|
|1982||Falcon Crest||Mara Wingate||1 episode|
|Knots Landing||Hilda Grant||1 episode|
|1981||The Greatest American Hero||Alice Davidson||2 episodes|
|1984||Whiz Kids||Mrs. Butterfield||1 episode|
|The Night They Saved Christmas||Mrs. Claus||1 episode|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Beryl Hayward||1 episode|
|1986||The Colbys||Dr. Sylvia Heywood||2 episodes|
|Hotel||Betty Archer||1 episode|
|Amazing Stories||Mildred||1 episode|
|1987||Pound Puppies||Aunt Millie||1 episode|
|1989||The New Lassie||Mrs. Chadwick||1 episode|
|1991||Full House||Miss Wiltrout||2 episodes|
|1992||Danger Island||Kate||TV movie|
|1992; 1993||General Hospital||Maria||14 episodes|
|1993||The John Larroquette Show||John's mother||1 episode|
|1994||The Mommies||Bev – Barb's Mom||1 episode|
|Babylon 5||Dr. Laura Rosen||1 episode|
|'Tis The Season: A Hawaiian Christmas Story||Mrs. Livingston||Television film|
|The Ren & Stimpy Show||Dr. Brainchild's Mother||1 episode|
|1995||The Colony||Mrs. Billingsley||Television film|
|Duckman||Oppressed Wife||1 episode|
|Roseanne||Leon's mother||1 episode|
|Out There||Donna||Television film|
|1996||Step by Step||Helen Lambert||3 episodes|
|1997||7th Heaven||Veterinarian||1 episode|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Celia Martin||4 episodes|
|2001||Au Pair II||Grandma Nell Grayson||Television film|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||Misty Kiniski||2 episodes|
|2003||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Grandma Evelyn||1 episode|
|2004||Complete Savages||Grammy Na-Na||2 episodes|
|2004||Las Vegas||Grandma Deline||1 episode|
|2006||Grey's Anatomy||Agnes||1 episode|
|2006||Cold Case||Muriel Bartleby||1 episode|
|2007||Holiday in Handcuffs||Grandma||Television film|
|2021||Lost in Space||June, aka the Voice of Alpha Control||Netflix series|
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- Stagnaro, Angelo (February 26, 2017). "Where the Stars Go to Pray: The Churches of Hollywood". National Catholic Register.
- Thomas, Nick (2011). Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-6403-6. (Includes an interview with June Lockhart)