June Vincent

June Vincent (born Dorothy June Smith, July 17, 1920 – November 20, 2008) was an American actress.

June Vincent
Dorothy June Smith

(1920-07-17)July 17, 1920
Harrod, Ohio, U.S.
DiedNovember 20, 2008(2008-11-20) (aged 88)
Spouse(s)Bill Sterling (m. 1943–2002; his death)

Life and career

Vincent was born in Harrod, Ohio,[1] the daughter of Sybil Irwin and the Rev. Willis E. Smith.[2]


Vincent's acting career began in Keene, New Hampshire, where she acted in summer theater. A newspaper article published July 7, 1944, reported, "she was urged to go to Hollywood by talent scouts. Universal promptly signed her."[3] (A different version of Vincent's going to Hollywood appears in the book Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. Michael G. Fitzgerald and Boyd Magers quote Vincent's recollection, "I was a model — someone saw my picture — and I landed a stock contract at Universal.")[4]

She returned to the stage in 1957, appearing in The Man on a Stick at the Pasadena Playhouse.[5]

Film and television

Vincent began her career in film in the early 1940s. After having made 50 films, she retired from that field when her second child was born.[6]

She later became a successful television actress appearing in many programs throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. She appeared in three episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel and she made five guest appearances on Perry Mason including the roles of murderer Madge Wainwright in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Bartered Bikini," and title character and murder victim/villainess Laura Randall in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Wintry Wife."

TV Guide once referred to her as "Television's Favorite Homewrecker" because of her many roles on TV playing someone trying to steal away a husband or boyfriend.

Personal life

Vincent was married to William M. Sterling in 1940 by Vincent's father, Reverend Willis E. Smith. They had a son, William Thayer Sterling, born August 4, 1945,[1] and a daughter, Tina Sterling, born on April 3, 1950. Their third child was singer songwriter Mindy Sterling (not to be confused with actress Mindy Sterling).

A Republican, Vincent supported Dwight Eisenhower's campaign during the 1952 presidential election.[7] Like her parents, Vincent was a Congregationalist.[8]


She died on November 20, 2008 in Aurora, Colorado. She is survived by her three children.


Year Title Role Notes
1943 Honeymoon Lodge Carol Sterling Crump
1944 Sing a Jingle Muriel Crane
1944 Ladies Courageous Mary Frances
1944 The Climax Marcellina
1944 Can't Help Singing Jeannie McLean
1945 Here Come the Co-Eds Diane Kirkland
1945 That's the Spirit Libby Cawthorne Gogarty
1946 Black Angel Catherine Bennett Alternative title: The Black Angel
1948 Song of Idaho Eve Allen
1948 The Challenge Vivian Bailey
1948 Trapped by Boston Blackie Doris Bradley
1948 Shed No Tears Edna Grover
1948 The Arkansas Swing Pamela Trent
1948 The Creeper Gwen Runstrom
1949 The Lone Wolf and His Lady Grace Duffy
1949 Zamba Jenny
1949 Mary Ryan, Detective Estelle Byron
1950 In a Lonely Place Actress in Convertible Uncredited
1950 Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard Barbara Taylor
1951 Secrets of Monte Carlo Stella Strutzenbacher
1952 Colorado Sundown Carrie Hurley
1952 Night Without Sleep Emily Morton
1952 The WAC from Walla Walla Doris Vail Alternative title: Army Capers
1953 Clipped Wings Doreen Thompson
1953 Marry Me Again Miss Craig
1955 City of Shadows Linda Fairaday
1959 The Miracle of the Hills Mrs. Leonard
Year Title Role Notes
1951 Racket Squad Marian Paulsen 1 episode
1953 The Abbott and Costello Show Agnes 1 episode
1955 Father Knows Best Mrs. Leslie Morell 1 episode
1956 Medic Veda Talley 1 episode
1957 Dr. Christian Angela 1 episode
1957 Trackdown Mrs. Howard The Wedding
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Maria Rojas Strange Vendetta
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Martha Lathrop The Colonel and the Lady
1958 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Abby Fraser 1 episode
1958–1961 Perry Mason various characters 5 episodes
1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive Stella Winter 1 episode
1960 Peter Gunn Lisa Nye 1 episode
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Grace Williams Double Trouble
The Rifleman Jenny Morgan 1 episode - The Visitor
1961 Have Gun - Will Travel Mrs. Decker The Broken Image
1961 The Untouchables Mrs. Randall 1 episode
1961–1962 Hawaiian Eye Agnes Rondell 2 episodes
1962 Route 66 Dr. Anna Martin "From An Enchantress Fleeing"
Target: The Corruptors Alicia Farmer "Fortress of Despair"
Tales of Wells Fargo Grace Adams "The Wayfarers"
1963 The Lieutenant Martha "A Touching of Hands"
Mr. Novak Mrs. Wilder "Love in the Wrong Season"
1964 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ruth Prine 1 episode
1965 The Andy Griffith Show The Actress 1 episode
1966 That Girl Mom 1 episode
Honey West Victoria Tilson "Like Visions and Omens... and All That Jazz"
1967 Family Affair Sheila 1 episode
1969 Bewitched Cynthia Monteagle 1 episode
1971–1972 Bright Promise Dr. Amanda Winninger Unknown episodes
1973 Kung Fu Meg 1 episode
1976 Maude Ursula Harrison 1 episode, (final appearance)


  1. "Actress Is Mother". The Times Recorder. Ohio, Zanesville. Associated Press. August 7, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved September 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "From Harrod to Hollywood".
  3. "Actress Never Lacks for Job". The Havre Daily News. Montana, Havre. July 7, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved September 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Fitzgerald, Michael G.; Magers, Boyd (2006). Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. McFarland. p. 295. ISBN 9781476607962. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. Foote, Bob (September 29, 1957). "Playhouse Reopening With Lively Comedy". Independent Star-News. California, Pasadena. p. 16. Retrieved September 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  6. Hedda Hopper's staff (April 22, 1952). "Dana Andrews to Star in Prize Detective Tale". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. p. Part 2 - page 4. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
  8. Morning News, January 10, 1948, Who Was Who in America (Vol. 2)
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