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June Allyson and David Ashrow Marriage Profile

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Although she portrayed the perfect wife in many movies, June Allyson didn't see herself that way. She was married three times.

She met her third husband, David Ashrow, on a blind date. June Allyson and David Ashrow were married for nearly thirty years before she died.

Here's information about their marriage and June's other marriages.

Born:

Ella Van Geisman, aka June Allyson: October 7, 1917 in the Bronx, New York.

Dr. David P. Ashrow: December 8, 1920.

Died:

June: July 8, 2006 at the age of 88 in Ojai, California at her home. She died of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis.

A scheduled memorial service for June will be private. Her family plans to have a day of remembrance for her on October 7, 2006.

How June and David Met:

David and June met on a blind date in Ventura, California that was arranged by June's brother, Dr. Arthur Peters.

Wedding Date:

June and David were married on October 30, 1976 at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs. They spent their honeymoon there, too. They had a nearly 30-year marriage and enjoyed traveling together.

June credited David with helping her quit smoking and survive alcoholism and nervous breakdowns.

Previous Marriages:

Richard Ewing (Dick) Powell: Dick was born on November 14, 1904 in Mountain View, Arkansas.

June asked Lucille to introduce her to Dick. June tells the story that when she cried after breaking up with him, Dick drove an hour back to her apartment to propose. She told him she wanted to get married the next week and that she already had a dress to wear.

They married on August 19, 1945. Louis B. Mayer gave June away at their wedding.

Dick and June had two children. June and Dick were rumored to have had a tumultuous marriage, and separated for a time in 1961 when June filed for divorce. They reconciled a year before Dick was diagnosed with cancer and were still married when Dick died.

Dick had two previous marriages.

  • Maude Maund: Married from 1925 to 1927. Their marriage ended in divorce.

  • Joan Blondell: Married on September 19, 1936. Dick and Joan had a daughter, Ellen Powell. He adopted Joan's son Norman S. Powell in February 1938. Norman was born in 1935. Dick and Joan's marriage ended in divorce on July 14, 1944.

Dick was an Actor, singer, director, and producer. Dick died on January 2, 1963 at the age of 58 in West Los Angeles, California. He died from lung cancer.

  • Alfred Glenn Maxwell: June and Glenn married on October 13, 1963. They divorced on April 20, 1965. June and Glenn married again on April 17, 1966, only to have their second marriage also end in divorce on March 17, 1970 admid June's allegations of Glenn's physical abuse and gambling problems. Glenn was a barbershop owner and was Dick Powell's barber.

  • Children:

    June had two children with Dick Powell:

    • Richard (Ricky) Keith Powell: Born on December 24, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Dick has worked in the film industry as a location manager. Ricky lives in Reseda, California. He has a son, Richard Logan Powell, of Van Nuys, California, who was born in 1984.

    • Pamela Allyson Powell: Adopted daughter, born July 1948. Pamela works in public service. Pamela lives in Santa Monica, California.

    Occupations:

    June: Actress. She also helped establish The June Allyson Foundation.

    Dick: Dentist, nutrition expert, and actor.

    Autobiography:

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    Quotes:

    June, about David: "We knew we were going to be married within two weeks."
    Source: Interview with Larry King

    June about her roles as famous wives: "I never did feel quite right about the roles I was called upon to portray--the gentle, kind, loving, perfect wife who will stand by her man through 'anything.' In real life I'm a poor dressmaker and a terrible cook; in fact, anything but the perfect wife."
    Source: "June Allyson." International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, 4th ed. St. James Press, 2000.

    June, answering a question: "Q. If any event in your life could be altered, what would it be?
    A. Losing Richard (Dick Powell,) but then you see something good always happens, I met David. David always says Richard sent him to me. I think he's right."
    Source: JuneAllyson.com

    June, about Dick Powell: "I think I fell in love with him immediately ... when he asked me out on a date I said, I was still kind of corny, I said I can't go out with you, you're married. And he said if you read the paper tomorrow morning and find out I'm no longer married."
    Source: Interview with Larry King

    June about knowing about Dick's cancer: "Yes, but he didn't know that I knew it. I didn't know that he didn't know that -- I -- it was very bad time. It took me a good eight years, I would say."
    Source: Interview with Larry King

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