June Ada Rose Duprez (14 May 1918 – 30 October 1984) was an English film actress.
|Died||30 October 1984 66) (aged|
London, England, United Kingdom
|Years active||1936–1948, 1961|
Frederick Guy Beauchamp
(m. 1935; div. 1942)
George M. Moffett, Jr.
(m. 1948; div. 1965)
Florence Isabelle Matthews
She began acting in her adolescence with the Coventry Repertory Company after studying at the Froebel Institute, and was a film extra in 1935 before appearing in The Crimson Circle the following year. Her next film was The Cardinal (1936), and she had a small role in The Spy in Black (1939), but it was her fourth film, the epic London Films adaptation of A. E. W. Mason's The Four Feathers (1939), that made her a film star, acting opposite John Clements, Ralph Richardson, and C. Aubrey Smith. Her peak of success came with the fantasy film The Thief of Bagdad (1940), which she also made for Alexander Korda's London Films (on locations in the United Kingdom, northern Africa, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona).
Korda took charge of her career after this point and brought her to Hollywood where he set her asking price at $50,000 per film. However, as Duprez had not yet achieved the level of popularity in the United States that she had in the United Kingdom, this tactic only served to place her out of contention for most roles. When she was finally released from Korda's contract, she appeared in such low budget fare as They Raid by Night (1942), Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942), and Tiger Fangs (1943). Clifford Odets' grim None But the Lonely Heart (1944), in which she co-starred with Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore, commenced a brief return to films of higher production values. Duprez joined a top ensemble cast in René Clair's film version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (1945). That same year, she appeared opposite John Loder in The Brighton Strangler. In the film noir Calcutta (1947), she starred with Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, and William Bendix.
After a few more motion pictures, Duprez moved to New York City for a brief career on and off Broadway. She appeared in "The Last Tycoon," an episode of the Robert Montgomery Presents television show in 1951, and her final credited film performance was in One Plus One (1961), also titled Exploring the Kinsey Reports.
Personal life and death
During World War II, after her father's death, Duprez and her mother were unable to use money that they had in England. They sold or pawned jewels to stay afloat financially, and eventually Duprez sent her mother to Australia, where she had access to the British funds.
Duprez married her first husband Frederick Beauchamp, a wealthy Harley Street doctor, in 1935, but they divorced in 1942 when his jealousy of her film stardom had eroded their marriage. She married for a second time in October 1948 to George Moffett, Jr., a wealthy sportsman. They had two daughters, but divorced in 1965.
Duprez lived in Rome, Italy, for several years, then returned to London to live out the remainder of her life in a flat in the affluent Knightsbridge area, having a close relationship with an English nobleman.
She died there, after a long period of illness on 30 October 1984 at age 66 and was buried at Streatham Park Cemetery.
- The Amateur Gentleman (1936) - Bit Part (uncredited)
- The Cardinal (1936) - Francesca Monterosa
- The Crimson Circle (1936) - Sylvia Hammond
- The Four Feathers (1939) - Ethne Burroughs
- The Spy in Black (1939) - Anne Burnett
- The Lion Has Wings (1939) - June
- The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - Princess
- They Raid by Night (1942) - Inga Beckering
- Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942) - Teru
- Forever and a Day (1943) - Julia Trimble-Pomfret
- Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943) - Tasmia
- Tiger Fangs (1943) - Linda MacCardle
- None but the Lonely Heart (1944) - Ada Brantline
- The Brighton Strangler (1945) - April Manby Carson
- And Then There Were None (1945) - Vera Claythorne
- That Brennan Girl (1946) - Natalie Brennan
- Calcutta (1947) - Marina Tanev
- One Plus One (1961) - Margaret Gaylord - 'Average Man' segment (final film role)
- "June Duprez". The Des Moines Register. Iowa, Des Moines. 24 September 1944. p. Section 8 - p 1. Retrieved 17 September 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Sunday Highlights". The Nebraska State Journal. 10 September 1944. p. 28. Retrieved 31 March 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Lamparski, Richard. "Whatever became of ... June Duprez". The Powell & Pressburger Pages.