Walker, June


Walker, June
(1900-1966)
   A native of Chicago, June Walker made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of the musical revue Hitchy-Koo of 1918. That same year she acted in Winthrop Ames's production of Maurice Maeterlinck's The Betrothal and became a leading ingénue in popular comedies, including My Lady Friends (1919), Six-Cylinder Love (1921), and The Nervous Wreck (1923). She appeared in John Howard Lawson's Processional (1925) for the Theatre Guild and scored a particular success as gold-digger Lorelei Lee in Anita Loos and John Emerson's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1926). Walker also appeared in The Glass Slipper (1925), Glory Hallelujah (1926), The Love Nest (1927), and The Bachelor (1928) during the 1920s. A petite blonde admired for vivacity on stage, Walker continued in increasingly diverse roles after 1930, including notable appearances in Waterloo Bridge* (1930), Green Grow the Lilacs* (1931), The Merchant of Yonkers* (1938), The Ladies of the Corridor* (1953), and Middle of the Night* (1956). She also acted in motion pictures and on television and was the mother of actor John Kerr.*

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