June Knight

June Knight

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 16 Jun 1987 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Portal of the Folded Wings
Memorial ID 5290 · View Source
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Actress. Born Margaret Rose Vallikett, in Los Angeles, California. An only child to parents Holley and Beryl Vallikett. Due to health problems, she was almost forced into show business. Diagnosed with infantile paralysis soon after birth, then a whole list of other illnesses befell her. At the age of twenty months, she contracted the measles. The very next day she was diagnosed with scarlet fever and almost died. She slowly got better, but remained very weak. Soon after recovering from scarlet fever, she got diphtheria, and was not fully recovered from the diphtheria when she contracted a mastoid infection. She then developed pneumonia followed by whooping cough. Her parents and doctors did not expect her to live through one more night. Then at age four she got tuberculosis. Because of infantile paralysis,she couldn't walk until the age of five. She started to dance to develop her leg muscles. When she was ten years old,she started to sing and dance in public. Her first job came with a leading role in juvenile theater. Her slot in the children’s chorus of movie palace (Grauman’s Egyptian Theater) prologues to Son of the Sheik (starring Rudolph Valentino) and Al Jolson’s The Singing Fool among others propelled her into full-time stage work. At age 13 she got her first stage role as a dancer in Vaudeville and in 1927 became a member of “The Gingham Girls,” an act that eventually went on tour in Fanchon and Marco’s revue Pep Idea. She appeared in the dance chorus of Gold Diggers of Broadway and also worked with the Duncan Sisters in the prologue of their film Topsy & Eva. She became a member of the dancing stock company at Warner Bros. Studios in 1928, when musicals were in their heyday. She also had a short lived film career, appearing in twelve movies from 1930 to 1940, most notably in Broadway Melody of 1936 in 1935, in which she sang the hit song "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin" with co-star Robert Taylor. June married several times,husbands included : Vice President of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Carl B. Squier, Texan oilman Arthur A. Cameron, Harry Packer, drug firm official and New York stock exchange member, Paul S. Ames. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died at the age of 74, from complications of a stroke.

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