June Storey (Mary June Storey)
Photos with June Storey
BiographyToronto, Ontario, Canada
If the purpose of a "prairie flower" was to help distract the cowboy hero from the bad guys and/or his horse, then lovely blonde actress June Storey fit the bill. She certainly inspired guitar-strumming balladeer Gene Autry to warble a few ditties in ten of his popular Republic Pictures' oaters. The Toronto-born leading lady was raised in the United States. A wholesome, natural beauty and one-time model, she was signed by 20th Century Fox, with the help and influence of an older relative, in the mid-30s and apprenticed in starlet bits. Read more... Henie's vehicle Thin Ice (1937) and the fictionalized retelling of the great Chicago fire of 1871 In Old Chicago (1937), however, didn't help her progress in the ranks and she was left pretty much high and dry. In 1939 Republic signed June up and this is where she began her association with Autry, appearing in all ten of their westerns within a two-year span. Feeling slightly trapped and uninspired in this setting she tried to branch out into other film genres with the mystery whodunnit The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) and the noirish End of the Road (1944) but she couldn't seem to rise above the "B" ranks. In the late 40s June retired from the movies after marrying an Oregon rancher and never returned. She devoted much of her later life to charitable causes. She died of cancer in 1991.