June Vincent (born Dorothy June Smith, July 17, 1920 – November 20, 2008) was an American actress.
Dorothy June Smith
July 17, 1920
|Died||November 20, 2008 88) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Bill Sterling (m. 1943–2002; his death)|
Life and career
Vincent was born in Harrod, Ohio, the daughter of Sybil Irwin and the Rev. Willis E. Smith.
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." (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.")
She returned to the stage in 1957, appearing in The Man on a Stick at the Pasadena Playhouse.
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.
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.
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, 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. Like her parents, Vincent was a Congregationalist.
|1943||Honeymoon Lodge||Carol Sterling Crump|
|1944||Sing a Jingle||Muriel Crane|
|1944||Ladies Courageous||Mary Frances|
|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||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|
|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)|
- "Actress Is Mother". The Times Recorder. Ohio, Zanesville. Associated Press. August 7, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved September 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "From Harrod to Hollywood".
- "Actress Never Lacks for Job". The Havre Daily News. Montana, Havre. July 7, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved September 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- 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.
- Foote, Bob (September 29, 1957). "Playhouse Reopening With Lively Comedy". Independent Star-News. California, Pasadena. p. 16. Retrieved September 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- 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.
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
- Morning News, January 10, 1948, Who Was Who in America (Vol. 2)
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