June Haver

Active - 1943 - 1953  |   Born - Jun 10, 1926   |   Died - Jul 4, 2005   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy, Romance

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Ever on the lookout for a potential Betty Grable replacement, 20th Century-Fox signed leggy blonde band singer June Haver to a contract in 1943. Though there was no love lost between Grable and Haver, they worked well together in the splashy 1945 musical The Dolly Sisters, which turned out to be Haver's best effort at Fox. She was loaned to Warner Bros. for two moderately successful films, Look for the Silver Lining (1949) and The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950), before trying her luck at Fox again. Profoundly depressed by an unsuccessful marriage and by the sudden death of her new fiancé, Haver was about to enter a convent when she fell in love with recently widowed film-star Fred MacMurray. Upon marrying MacMurray in 1953, June Haver retired completely from show business, re-emerging briefly (and very reluctantly) to play herself on a 1958 Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz special in which her husband was the guest star.

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