Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, June Lockhart

Today is June Lockhart's birthday. As you may or may not know, she's a redhead and she starred on Lost in Space, which automatically puts her on some sort of short list with me.

She was also in Meet Me In St. Louis, one of the best movies of 1944, she was on Lassie, she was on Petticoat Junction, and she was in a stage production of Steel Magnolias I saw back before the movie version came along and made a mess of it.

What else do you need to know? She's the daughter of one of the all-time great character actors, Gene Lockhart, who you may remember as the idiot sheriff in His Girl Friday and the very wishy-washy judge in Miracle on 34th Street. She won a Tony Award in 1948. And most importantly in my book, she's still alive! Being alive carries a lot of weight with me.

So, happy birthday, June Lockhart!

8 comments:

mister muleboy said...

She was also in Meet Me In St. Louis, one of the best movies of 1944, she was on Lassie, she was on Petticoat Junction, and she was in a stage production of Steel Magnolias I saw back before the movie version came along and made a mess of it

What -- you didn't like her as Dr. Craig on Petticoat Junction?





Lotsa curves,
you bet. Even more
when you get
To the junction,
Petticoat Junction.

Mythical Monkey said...

Oh, yeah, I watched her on Petticoat Junction. Like I was going to miss the suggestion in the opening credits that the three sisters -- Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo and Billie Jo -- were bathing in the water tank. Lordy! Racy stuff for mid-1960s television.

Brent McKee said...

They weren't bathing in the water tank, they were skinny dipping in it. And the water tank only supplied water to the Cannonball not to the whole town or the hotel as some people suggest so that's not a big deal.

Erik Beck said...

She's also the mother of Anne Lockhart, who I had a huge crush on when she was Lt. Sheeba in the original Battlestar Gallactica.

Mythical Monkey said...

And the water tank only supplied water to the Cannonball not to the whole town or the hotel

Yes, that's right -- I had forgotten. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm dead certain the reason I watched the show every week was because of the train, not the skinny dipping girls -- I mean, I was a very little kid and a train nut. Stands to reason.

Still, I think a seed was planted in my brain ...

JimmyNicol said...

I can promise you that I watched the show for the skinnydipping.


Bea Bennadette [sp?] didn't quite do it for me, nor did the choo choo

Mythical Monkey said...

the original Battlestar Gallactica.

Ah, yes, the original Battlestar Gallactica. I remember it well. I think I watched because (a) it was Science Fiction, and (b) Jonathan Harris (aka Dr Smith) was the voice of one of the Cylons.

By the way, Katie-Bar-The-Door and I got hooked on the remake of Battlestar Gallactica last summer. Streamed 80+ episodes off Netflix in about three weeks. Loved it.

JimmyNicol said...

dissing me again. . . .