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Overview (5)

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Died in Brentwood, California, USA  (respiratory failure)
Birth NameBeverly June Stovenour
Nickname The Pocket Grable
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

June Haver was born on June 10, 1926, in Rock Island, Illinois, with the birth name of Beverly June Stovenour. Her parents divorced at an early age and she was adopted by Bert Haver, her stepfather. Her mother and new father moved to Cincinnati, where she appeared on the stage for the first time at the age of six in a local theater production of "Midnight in a Toyshop". Very soon after, June was winning musical contests around the Queen City. By 1936, little June and her mother had returned to the city of her birth, after a film screen test the year before. It was here that she blossomed even further with her singing, appearing on local radio. Later, while touring with various musical bands, June and her mother found their way to sunny California, in the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles. While in high school, she played in various secondary productions.

In 1942, at the age of 16, June joined Fox Studios as a fringe actress. Dropped because the studio thought she was too young, they signed her the following year to appear in The Gang's All Here (1943). It was an uncredited part, but a start in the film world, nonetheless. Unless one looked hard, she would have been easy to miss in the film. Her next one with Fox was in 1944's Home in Indiana (1944). But it was her next film where she was able to showcase her acting talent in Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944). In 1945, she appeared in Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) with her future husband, Fred MacMurray, who she wed in 1954.

It was the only film the two of them would be in together. In 1946, at the age of 20, June got top billing for the first time in Three Little Girls in Blue (1946). Her only other film that year was Wake Up and Dream (1946). After only one film in 1947, June resurfaced the next year in the utterly forgettable Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948). This was one of the starting vehicle's for a rising talent named Marilyn Monroe. In 1949, June was in two productions. They were Look for the Silver Lining (1949) and Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949). By now, it was obvious that she was being groomed to take over the Fox throne held by Betty Grable. It was not to be, because June was about to leave films, altogether. The filming of 1953's The Girl Next Door (1953) proved to be her last silver screen appearance. She had announced, the year before, that she would become a nun after her contract ran out. True to her word, she entered the convent but only stayed a few months.

It was after she left the convent that she was seen with Fred MacMurray. After they were wed, the couple adopted twin girls. June's last foray into the glare of the camera lights was when she played herself in the television production of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957). She died of respiratory failure in Brentwood, California on July 6, 2005.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (2)

Fred MacMurray (28 June 1954 - 5 November 1991) ( his death) ( twin daughters (adopted))
Jimmy Zito (9 March 1947 - 25 March 1948) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Haver was her stepfather's name.
Had been engaged to studio dentist, John Duzik when he died unexpectedly from complications from surgery. Shortly afterward, in February of 1953, she joined a convent in Xavier, Kansas with the intention of becoming a nun. Was happy there until a serious illness forced her to leave and return to California in September 1953. Although she had planned to return to the convent after her recovery, she never did.
Adopted twin daughters, Kathryn and Laurie, with Fred MacMurray.
Nicknamed the "pocket Grable," she was making $3,500 a week at 20th Century Fox when she said goodbye to it all and became a novice nun in the Sisters of Charity convent.
In 1996 she sold her and her late husband's 1,500-acre Healdsburg ranch to the Gallo family. She maintained a home in Brentwood. She died in her Brentwood estate in 2005.
Made her musical debut playing the piano at age 7 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. By age 11 she was appearing on local radio as a writer, emcee and star.
First husband, Jimmy Zito, was a trumpeter whom she met while performing as a teenage "big band" singer for Ted Fio Rito's band. The marriage lasted barely a year (1947-1948). Shortly after, she was engaged to a dentist, John Duzik, but he died following routine surgery before they had a chance to marry.
Her mother, Marie Stovenour, was a former actress.
She appeared in the 1942 Beverly Hills High School production of "Ever Since Eve".
Co-starred with Betty Grable in The Dolly Sisters (1945) which is the only musical the two made together, even though Haver was nicknamed "the Pocket Grable".
According to daughter Kate, June and husband Fred MacMurray were introduced to each other by John Wayne.
She and her husband were staunch Republicans and personal friends of Ronald Reagan.
Built an apartment house in Westwood, CA in 1949 after learning that her sister couldn't get an apartment because she had a child and a puppy. The grounds were fenced in for the youngsters' safety, and each apartment had closets with miniature hangers for the youngsters' clothes. Haver refused to rent to anyone without children.
Ms. Haver (Mrs. MacMurray) is survived by her adopted daughters, Kate and Laurie MacMurray; a stepson, Robert MacMurray; a stepdaughter, Susan Pool; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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