Lane Bradbury

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Lane Bradbury
Janette Lane Bradbury

Years active1958-present
(m. 1965; div. 1980)

Janette Lane Bradbury is an American actress and writer.


Lane Bradbury was born in Buckhead, Georgia, near Atlanta. She studied ballet as a young girl. In the 1950s, she moved to New York City, and was admitted to the Actors Studio.[1]


Bradbury made her Broadway debut in J.B., performing with Raymond Massey and Christopher Plummer.[1] She starred in Tennessee Williams' play Night of the Iguana with veteran actress Bette Davis. Bradbury was the first actress to play Dainty June[1][2] in the original Broadway production of Gypsy.[3][4][5][6]

In the late 1960s, she moved with her husband Lou Antonio to Los Angeles, where she began a long career in television. In 1965, Bradbury and Antonio co-starred in an episode of Gunsmoke ("Outlaw's Woman"). She was in 1963's season three opener of The Fugitive titled "Wings of an Angel", playing Janet Kegler, a woman taken hostage.[7] She was most active in the 1970s, making guest appearances on shows such as The Rockford Files; The Mod Squad; Medical Center; Mannix; The Partridge Family; Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law; The Waltons and Kung Fu.[7][8] She was popular in repeat-appearances as Merry Florene on Gunsmoke.[9] She also appeared in season 12 episode 9 of Unsolved Mysteries in 2001 credited under the name Janette Bradbury. [10]

Her film credits include The Ultimate Warrior[11] and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.[12] She appeared in the popular television movies Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring[13] and To Dance with the White Dog.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Piney adaptation of The Outcasts of Poker Flat
1963 The Doctors and the Nurses Rita Silveri episode: "Choice Among Wrongs"
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Julia "Out on the Outskirts of Town" by William Inge
1964 Mr. Novak Ellen Westfall episode: "Love Among the Grown-Ups"
1965 The Fugitive Janet Kegler episode: "Wings of an Angel"
1967 Iron Horse Rachel Sparrow episode: "Volcano Wagon"
1969 Judd, for the Defense Penny Hale episode: "Between the Dark and the Daylight"
1969 Death Valley Days Ella Stewart episode: "A Key for the Fort"
1969 Then Came Bronson Bella Mendoza episode: "Where Will the Trumpets Be?"
1967-69 Gunsmoke Lucky, Merry Florene 6 episodes
1970 Dial Hot Line Pam Carruthers TV movie
1970 Medical Center Maggie Seller episode: "Between Dark and Daylight"
1970 Bracken's World Miriam Halsey episode: "Murder Off-Camera"
1970 The Mod Squad Cindy Jeffers episode: "See the Eagles Dying"
1970 The Partridge Family Janet episode: "Love at First Slight"
1970 The Interns Irene episode: "Act of God"
1971 Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Susie Miller TV movie
1971 The Young Lawyers Charlene Neiley episode: "Down at the House of Truth, Visiting"
1971 Storefront Lawyers unavailable episode: "The Dark World of Harry Anders"
1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Carol Ann MacMurdy episode: "Run Carol Run"
1972 McCloud Carol Harrington episode: "Give My Regrets to Broadway"
1972 Mannix Karin Gundersen episode: "Scapegoat"
1972 Insight Melanie episode: "The Death of Superman"
1972 Another Part of the Forest Laurette TV adaptation of the play by Lillian Hellman
1972 The F.B.I. Laura Ann Millpark episode: "The Loner"
1972 Banyon Bunny episode: "A Date with Death"
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Ellen Anderson episode: "The Day the Amnesty Came Through"
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Cassie Howard episode: "Endtheme"
1973 Kung Fu Annie Buchanan episode: "An Eye for an Eye"
1974 Banacek Sally James episode: "Horse of a Slightly Different Color"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Rosie Johnson episode: "The Hard Breed"
1974 Doc Elliot Emily Robbins Episode: "Things That Might Have Been"
1975 Police Story Sharon episode: "Vice: 24 Hours"
1976 McMillan & Wife Jennifer Carter episode: "Greed"
1976 The Rockford Files Houston Preli episode: "Where's Houston?"
1976 Serpico Carol episode: "The Deadly Game"
1976 Gemini Man Amy Nichols episode: "Night Train to Dallas"
1977 Westside Medical Sister Mary Dolores "My Physician, My Friend" (Part 1 & 2)
1977 Just a Little Inconvenience B-Girl TV movie
1978 A Real American Hero Debbie Pride TV movie
1979 The Chinese Typewriter Louise-Jill TV movie
1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Ruth Doyle TV movie
1979 The Waltons Ronie Cotter episode: "The Diploma"
1980 Where the Ladies Go Tasha TV movie
1981 Walking Tall Kate Reeder episode: "Company Town"
1981 Strike Force Julie episode: "The Predator"
1986 One Terrific Guy unavailable TV movie
1991 Wife, Mother, Murderer Aunt Frieda TV movie
1992 I'll Fly Away Mrs. Anderson episode: "Cool Winter Blues"
1993 Queen unavailable episode #1.3
1993 Stolen Babies Meg Wilber TV movie
1993 To Dance with the White Dog Mildred Cook TV movie
1994 A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story Lily Clayburn TV movie
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Mrs. Williams TV miniseries, uncredited
1992-95 In the Heat of the Night Myrna Hughes 3 episodes
1996 Savannah Brian's secretary 3 episodes
1999 Party of Five Secretary episode: "Wrestling Demons"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Norma episode: "The Landlady"
2018 Deception Priscilla episode: "Code Act"
2018-19 Billions Grigor's Mom 2 episodes

Personal life[edit]

In 1965, Bradbury married actor and director Lou Antonio[15] and they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1980. Their daughter Elkin Antoniou is a writer, director, and award-winning documentarian.[16]

She is the founder and artistic director of the Valkyrie Theater of Dance, Drama, and Film, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to introduce at-risk teens to the theatrical arts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d O'Dowd, John (2008). "Lane Bradbury, a Life of Meaning and Purpose".
  2. ^ Kay Green, Stanley Green (November 1996). Broadway Musicals : Show by Show. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0793530830.
  3. ^ "Lane Bradbury, the Original 'Dainty June' in Gypsy, Makes Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Debut with Let Me Entertain You, Again—June 7th & June 29th". Nite Life Exchange: Where Broadway and Cabaret Meet. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ Purcell, Carey (September 12, 2013). "Gypsy's Original Dainty June, Lane Bradbury, Will Present Let Me Entertain You, Again! at June Havoc Theatre". PLAYBILL. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Lane Bradbury, Original 'Dainty June' in GYPSY, Continues Run of Debut Cabaret Show LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN at Don't Tell Mama". Broadway World. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Filichia, Peter (July 11, 2017). "HI, EVERYBODY! HER NAME IS JUNE – AND LANE BRADBURY". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Lane Bradbury". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ "1970-1982 TV show guest appearances for Lane Bradbury". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Gunsmoke cast members to reunite in Dodge City". CBS News. 14 August 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Harris, Will. "2010 Williamsburg Film Festival". Classic Images. Classic Images. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "The Ultimate Warrior (1975) Directed by Robert Clouse". LETTERBOXD. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Burstyn, Ellen (October 2, 2007). Lessons in Becoming Myself. Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1594482687.
  13. ^ Bowman, Lisa Marie (April 21, 2015). "Embracing the Melodrama : Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring (dir by Joseph Sargent)". Through the Shattered Lens. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "To Dance with the White Dog (1993)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "A Dog's Life for Lou", The Robesonian, May 1, 1977, p. 13.
    "Married since 1965 to actress Lane Bradbury, Lou is the father to two daughters."
  16. ^ "Elkin Antoniou : Best Documentary (Humanitarian)". The Women's International Film & Television Showcase. 2013. Archived from the original on May 12, 2016.

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