June Lockhart

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June Lockhart
June Lockhart 1947.JPG
Lockhart in 1947
Born(1925-06-25) June 25, 1925 (age 89)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1938–present
Spouse(s)Dr. John F. Maloney (m. 1951–59)
John Lindsay (m. 1959–70)
ChildrenAnne Kathleen Lockhart (b. 1953)
June Elizabeth Lockhart (b. 1955)
ParentsGene Lockhart
Kathleen Arthur Lockhart
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June Lockhart
June Lockhart 1947.JPG
Lockhart in 1947
Born(1925-06-25) June 25, 1925 (age 89)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1938–present
Spouse(s)Dr. John F. Maloney (m. 1951–59)
John Lindsay (m. 1959–70)
ChildrenAnne Kathleen Lockhart (b. 1953)
June Elizabeth Lockhart (b. 1955)
ParentsGene Lockhart
Kathleen Arthur Lockhart

June Lockhart (born June 25, 1925) is an American actress, primarily in 1950s and 1960s television, but with memorable performances on stage and in film too. She is remembered as the mother in two TV series, Lassie and Lost in Space. 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.


Lockhart played Ruth Martin on the classic TV show Lassie from 1958-1964.

Born in New York City, Lockhart is the daughter of Canadian-born actor Gene Lockhart, who came to prominence on Broadway in 1933 in Ah, Wilderness!, and English-born actress Kathleen Arthur Lockhart.[1][2] She made her acting debut opposite her parents in a film version of A Christmas Carol, in 1938.[3] She also played supporting parts in films including Meet Me in St. Louis, Sergeant York, All This, and Heaven Too and The Yearling. Lockhart played the title role in She-Wolf of London (1946).

In 1948, Lockhart won a Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer (a category that no longer exists) for her role on Broadway in For Love or Money. And in 1951, she starred in Lawrence Riley's biographical play Kin Hubbard opposite Tom Ewell. In 1955, she 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.[4] In the late 1950s, Lockhart guest starred in several popular television Westerns including: Wagon Train 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, she 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.[5]

Lockhart played Maureen Robinson on the classic sci-fi series Lost in Space from 1965-1968.
The handprints of June Lockhart in front of Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

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 1954 CBS series, Lassie (a role that she played from 1958–64). She replaced actress Cloris Leachman who had originally played the role. 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 1965-1968 on CBS, opposite veteran actors Guy Williams and Jonathan Harris.

Lockhart would then appear as Dr. Janet Craig on the final two seasons of the CBS sitcom Petticoat Junction (1968–70), her character being 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 '70s.

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, she 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 an 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 she had starred in thirty 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, she 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 on 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 3D graphics.,[6] which released in May 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 1951, Lockhart married Dr. John F. Maloney. They had two daughters, Anne Kathleen Lockhart, born September 6, 1953 and June Elizabeth Lockhart, born two years later.[7] The couple divorced in 1959.[8] She married architect John Lindsay that same year. They divorced in October 1970.[9] She has not married again.

Anne has taken her mother's maiden name for her stage name, and has appeared in films and television programs.[9] June is marketing manager/art director for an international luxury furniture manufacturer headquartered in California, with showrooms around the world.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

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1938A Christmas CarolBelinda Cratchit
1940All This, and Heaven TooIsabelle
1941Adam Had Four SonsVance
1941Sergeant YorkRosie York
1942Miss Annie RooneyStella Bainbridge
1943Forever and a DayGirl in Air Raid ShelterAlternate title: The Changing World
1944Meet Me in St. LouisLucille Ballard
1944The White Cliffs of DoverBetsy Kenney at Age 18
1945Keep Your Powder DrySarah Swanson
1945Son of LassiePriscilla
1946She-Wolf of LondonPhyllis Allenby
1947T-MenMary Genaro
1982ButterflyMrs. Helen Gillespie
1982Aladdin and the Magic LampAladdin's Mother(voice)
1983Strange InvadersMrs. Bigelow
1986TrollEunice St. Clair
1988Rented LipsArchie's Mother
1989C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.Gracie
1994Sleep with MeCaroline
1998Lost in SpacePrincipal Cartwright
2007WesleySusanna Wesley
2009Super CapersMother
1949The Ford Theatre HourAmy March1 episode
1956Science Fiction TheatreEve Patrick1 episode
1957The Joseph Cotten ShowJulie Baggs1 episode
The Kaiser Aluminum HourVerna1 episode
1957–1958Have Gun – Will TravelDr. Phyllis Thackeray2 episodes
1958Shirley Temple's StorybookBeauty's Sister1 episode
Wagon TrainSarah Drummond1 episode
Matinee TheaterConnie1 episode
GunsmokeBeulah1 episode
Playhouse 90Narrator1 episode
1959–1964LassieRuth Martin200 episodes
1959RawhideRainy Dawson1 episode
General Electric TheaterVera1 episode
1964Perry MasonMona Stanton Harvey1 episode
BewitchedMrs. Burns1 episode
Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaDr. Ellen Bryce1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Sarah Taub1 episode
1965BrandedMrs. Sue Pritchett1 episode
The Alfred Hitchcock HourMartha Hunter1 episode
Mr. NovakMrs. Nelby1 episode, "Once a Clown"
1965–1968Lost in SpaceMaureen Robinson84 episodes
1968–1969Family AffairMiss Evans3 episodes
1968–1970Petticoat JunctionDr. Janet Craig45 episodes
1971The Man and the CityEllen Lewis1 episode
1974Marcus Welby, M.D.Lila1 episode
Adam-12Mrs. Whitney2 episodes
1975Ellery QueenClaudia Wentworth1 episode
New Zoo RevuePenelope Potter1 episode
1976Happy DaysJudge MacBride1 episode
1976Quincy, M.E.Clara Rhoades1 episode
1978The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesMrs. Migley1 episode
1981Vega$Dr. Michaels1 episode
Magnum, P.I.Diane Westmore Pauley1 episode
DarkroomMargo Haskell1 episode
1982Knots LandingHilda Grant1 episode
1981–1983The Greatest American HeroAlice Davidson2 episodes
1984Whiz KidsMrs. Butterfield1 episode
The Night They Saved ChristmasMrs. Claus1 episode
1985Murder, She WroteBeryl Hayward1 episode
1986The ColbysDr. Sylvia Heywood2 episodes
HotelBetty Archer1 episode
Amazing StoriesMildred1 episode
1987Pound PuppiesAunt Millie1 episode
1989The New LassieMrs. Chadwick1 episode
1991Full HouseMiss Wiltrout2 episodes
1992Danger IslandKateTV movie
1993The John Larroquette ShowJohn's mother1 episode
1994The MommiesBev – Barb's Mom1 episode
Babylon 5Dr. Laura Rosen1 episode
1995The ColonyMrs. BillingsleyTelevision film
1995RoseanneLeon's mother1 episode
1995Out ThereDonnaTelevision film
1996Step by StepHelen Lambert3 episodes
19977th HeavenVeterinarian1 episode
1997–1998Beverly Hills, 90210Celia Martin4 episodes
2001Au Pair IIGrandma Nell GraysonTelevision film
2002The Drew Carey ShowMisty Kiniski2 episodes
2003Andy Richter Controls the UniverseGrandma Evelyn1 episode
2004–2005Complete SavagesGrammy Na-Na2 episodes
2006Grey's AnatomyAgnes1 episode
2007Holiday in HandcuffsGrandmaTelevision film


  1. ^ "June Lockhart Biography (1925–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "A Star Is Born". Life (Time, Inc.): 59. November 24, 1947. ISSN 0024-3019. 
  3. ^ "Photo Flash: Legendary Leading Ladies Donate to National Museum of American History". broadwayworld.com. February 1, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Justice". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0675647/
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2461342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  7. ^ Lizabeth Lockhart at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Gingrich, Arnold (1959). "Lockhart and Her Lassie". Coronet 45: 14. 
  9. ^ a b Martin, Bob (July 9, 1972). "June's Daughter: A Lovely Lassie". The Independent, Long Beach. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ Brekke TV Productions

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