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June Storey

June Storey
Personal information
Birth nameMary June Storey
Birth dateApril 20, 1918
Place of birthToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of deathDecember 18, 1991(age 73)
Death placeVista, California, U.S.
SpouseLincoln Clark (2 children)

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June Storey (born Mary June Storey, (April 20, 1918 - December 18, 1991) was a Canadian-born American film actress during the mid-late 1930s and into the 1940s, who most often appeared in B-movies as the heroine of westerns.

Storey was born in Toronto, and her family moved to the United States when she was a young girl, settling first in Connecticut, then later in California. Pretty in her youth, she caught the attention of Fox Film Corporation when she auditioned with them to star in films. Her first film was Student Tour in 1934, which was uncredited. Her first credited role was the 1936 film Girls' Dormitory. She had roles in another seven films from 1935 through 1938. The first was In Old Chicago, which was credited. She then had three uncredited roles, after which she starred in Island in the Sky, Down in Arkansas, and Orphans of the Street.

She later went on contract with Republic Pictures, and became best known for playing the role as heroine in ten Gene Autry films, from 1939 through 1940. Her first series of films were South of the Border, Colorado Sunset, and Blue Montana Skies, all in 1939. Mary Lee often starred alongside her, playing the role of her younger sister. Her career slowed considerably when Autry left acting for a time to serve during World War II. She played several minor roles in films during the 1940s, and retired after marrying. Her last credited role was in the 1949 film Miss Mink of 1949. Storey made a total of 41 films in her career.

June married Fred Bohling, a businessman; they moved to Oregon and had one son, Eric. In 1950 June was involved in a serious auto accident, but survived. After she and Fred divorced, she married her second husband, Nick Ostreyko. This marriage produced a daughter, Marina, but the marriage also ended in divorce. As a single mom, June went back to school and became a nurse. Years later, she met and married Lincoln Clark, and spent many happy years with him until her death. She became a U.S. citizen, and devoted much of the remainder of her life to contributions to charity. During the 1980s she attended several western film festivals. She died of cancer on December 18, 1991, in Vista, California.

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