Friday, June 16, 2017

"Broadway Melody" Actress June Knight 1987 Valhalla Cemetery

June Knight (January 22, 1913 – June 16, 1987) was an American Broadway and film actress.

Knight was born Margaret Rose Valliquietto in Los Angeles in 1913. During the first years of her life, she was in very poor health. She suffered from tuberculosis when she was 4 years old and Doctors told her parents that there was a big chance that she would never live to maturity. Due to infantile paralysis, she couldn't walk till she was five years old.

When she was ten years old, she started to sing and dance in public. Aged 19, she appeared in the last Ziegfeld Follies show, Hot-Cha! (1932). She would be featured in four other Broadway shows,

Take A Chance (1932), 

Jubilee (1935) (where she introduced the Cole Porter classic "Begin the Beguine"), The Would-Be Gentleman (1946) (her only non-musical) and Sweethearts (1947).

She also had a short-lived film career, appearing in twelve movies from 1930 to 1940, most notably in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), in which she sang the hit song "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" with co-star Robert Taylor.

Knight married several times. She died in 1987, age 74, due to complications from a stroke; and was interred in the Portal of the Folded Wings at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June Knight has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Boulevard.

Selected filmography

Ladies Must Love (1933)

Cross Country Cruise (1934)

Wake Up and Dream (1934)

Vacation from Love (1937)

The Lilac Domino (1937)

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