Lane Bradbury

Janette Lane Bradbury (born June 17, 1938) is an American actress and writer.

Lane Bradbury
Born (1938-06-17) June 17, 1938
Buckhead, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1958-present
Lou Antonio
(m. 1965; div. 1980)


She was born in Buckhead, a district of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied ballet as a young girl. In the 1950s she moved to New York City and was admitted to the Actors Studio.[1]


Bradbury made her Broadway debut in J.B., performing alongside Raymond Massey and Christopher Plummer.[1] She also starred in Tennessee Williams' play Night of the Iguana with veteran actress Bette Davis.[1] Bradbury was the first actress to play Dainty June[1][2] in the original Broadway production of Gypsy.[3][4][5][6]

In the late 60s, Bradbury relocated (with husband Lou Antonio) to Los Angeles, where she began a long career in television. In 1965, Bradbury and Antonio co-starred in an episode of Gunsmoke, titled “Outlaw’s Woman.” Her credits during this time include Season 3, Episode 1 of The Fugitive entitled Wings of an Angel (regarded by fans as one of the series' top ten episodes)[7] playing Janet Kegler, a woman taken hostage.[8] She was most active in the 1970s, making guest appearances on such shows as The Rockford Files, The Mod Squad, Medical Center, Mannix, The Partridge Family and Kung Fu.[8][9][10] She was notably popular in repeat-appearances as Merry Florene on Gunsmoke.[11][12]

Her film credits include The Ultimate Warrior[13] and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.[14] She also appeared in the popular television films Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring[15] and To Dance with the White Dog.[16][9]

Personal life

In 1965, Bradbury married actor Antonio[17] and they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1980. Their daughter Elkin Antoniou is a writer, director and award-winning documentarian.[18]

Bradbury is the founder and artistic director of the Valkyrie Theater of Dance, Drama, and Film, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce at-risk teens to the theatrical arts.[1][19]


  1. "Lane Bradbury, a Life of Meaning and Purpose". John O'Dowd.
  2. Kay Green, Stanley Green (November 1996). "Broadway Musicals : Show by Show". Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0793530830.
  3. "Lane Bradbury, the Original 'Dainty June' in Gypsy, Makes Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Debut with Let Me Entertain You, Again—June 7th & June 29th". Nite Life Exchange: Where Broadway and Cabaret Meet. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. Purcell, Carey. "Gypsy's Original Dainty June, Lane Bradbury, Will Present Let Me Entertain You, Again! at June Havoc Theatre". PLAYBILL. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. "Lane Bradbury, Original 'Dainty June' in GYPSY, Continues Run of Debut Cabaret Show LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN at Don't Tell Mama". Broadway World. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. Filichia, Peter. "HI, EVERYBODY! HER NAME IS JUNE – AND LANE BRADBURY". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. "Ranking of Fugitive Episodes". The Fugitive starring David Janssen : A tribute to the 1963-1967 TV series. The Fugitive Views and Reviews. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. "Lane Bradbury". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  10. "1970-1982 TV show guest appearances for Lane Bradbury". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  11. Harris, Will. "2010 Williamsburg Film Festival". Classic Images. Classic Images. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  12. "Gunsmoke cast members to reunite in Dodge City". CBS News. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  13. "The Ultimate Warrior (1975) Directed by Robert Clouse". LETTERBOXD. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  14. Ellen Burstyn (October 2, 2007). "Lessons in Becoming Myself". Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1594482687.
  15. Bowman, Lisa Marie. "Embracing the Melodrama : Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring (dir by Joseph Sargent)". Through the Shattered Lens. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  16. "To Dance with the White Dog (1993)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  17. "A Dog's Life for Lou", The Robesonian, May 1, 1977, p. 13.
    "Married since 1965 to actress Lane Bradbury, Lou is the father to two daughters."
  18. "Elkin Antoniou : Best Documentary (Humanitarian)". The Women's International Film & Television Showcase. 2013.
  19. "Valkyrie Theater of Dance, Drama, and Film".
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