If you indulge in reminiscences in the Hollywood film industry, you will find the black and white TV goddess June Lockhart, who was famous for her role as a mother in the two popular TV series Lost in Space and Lassie.
June Lockhart’s Bio
This veteran actress is the daughter of Gene Lockhart, a Canadian-born actor, and Kathleen Arthur Lockhart, an actress born in England. She was born on June 25, 1925, in New York City and her acting family background had a strong influence on her career as an actress. At the age of 8, the young June began her acting career on stage and in 1938 she made her film debut in A Christmas Carol at her parents’ side. In 1947 she played the leading role on Broadway in For Love or Money, which earned her a Tony Award for outstanding achievement by a newcomer. This brought her into the limelight as a talent to be watched for in the film industry. In the 1950s the actress appeared in numerous movies and television series, among others in Kin Hubbard (1951), a biographical play by Lawrence Riley, in which the actor Tom Ewell also played the leading role. She appeared on CBS’s Appointment with Adventure, Gunsmoke, Have Gun – Will Travel, Rawhide and Wagon Train and Cimarron City on NBC in 1995.
The talented actress was also popular for her role as a mother in the CBS television series Lassie, in which she was Ruth Martin, wife of Paul Martin, played by actor Hugh Reilly, and her son Timmy Martin, played by actor Jon Provost. She also played a mother figure in the science fiction series Lost in Space, whereas Dr. Maureen Robinson replaced the actress Cloris Leachman, the wife of Professor John Robinson, played by actor Guy Williams. In the mid-1960s, June appeared in the western series Death Valley Days and from 1968 to 1970 she appeared in the television series Petticoat Junction as Dr. Janet Craig. From 1980-1990 she appeared in the ABC television series General Hospital. The actress also appeared as a voice actress in the Hanna Barbara animated series These Are The Days, in which she was the voice of Martha Day as the lead actress. She appeared in the film Troll alongside her daughter Anne Lockhart, who followed in her footsteps as an actress. Both were also featured in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1981).
The actress also had her share in the entertainment industry in the 1990s and 2000s. She appeared in the television series Full House (1991) as a kindergarten teacher and in 1998 in the film adaptation of Lost in Space after the first edition had been produced almost thirty years earlier. She starred as Misty Kiniski in The Drew Carey Show (2002) and was the voice of Granny Emma Fowler in Focus (2004). June also appeared in the television series Las Vegas (2004), Cold Case and Grey’s Anatomy. In 2007 she appeared in two films: Holiday in Handcuffs and Wesley. She also acted in the 3D graphic film Tesla Effect(2014).
Other Works & Accolades
In addition to her acting career, the talented June Lockhart spent six years on the CBS network hosting the Miss USA Pageant and the Miss Universe Pageant. She also hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Thanksgiving Parade on CBS for 8 years.
Her trademark in the film industry should not be underestimated and has proven itself. No wonder she has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Blvd. 6323 and Hollywood Blvd. 6362, because she is responsible for her contribution to film and television respectively.
June Lockhart’s Daughters
The actress has two daughters, Anne Kathleen Lockhart, born 1953, and June Elizabeth Maloney, born in 1956 with her ex-husband John Maloney, from whom she divorced in 1959 after 8 years of marriage. In the same year, she later married John C. Lindsay, but the marriage broke up in 1970, but the couple had no children together.
Both June Lockhart’s daughters Anne and Elizabeth are actresses and acted beside their mother in movies.
June Lockhart’s Net Worth
The veteran actress is said to have an estimated net worth of $10 million, based on her acting career and other promotional activities she has pursued over the years.
Is June Lockhart Dead Or Alive?
The 92-year-old actress is alive and well and would probably be in films this year.