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June Lockhart (Lassie, Lost in Space) defends gay people on Virginia Graham’s talk show in 1970.

Lockhart turned 99 this week. This clip came up when I searched her name.

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by Anonymousreply 103July 23, 2024 4:04 AM

That's cool that she was vocally pro-gay when a lot of people (even very liberal ones) were not

by Anonymousreply 1June 30, 2024 3:32 AM

Reverend Troy Perry later came out as gay and married his partner.

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by Anonymousreply 2June 30, 2024 3:42 AM

Troy Perry was a hottie and now I love June even more than before!

by Anonymousreply 3June 30, 2024 3:50 AM

I didn't know she was still alive. I never missed Lassie when I was a kid.

by Anonymousreply 4June 30, 2024 3:51 AM

Didn’t June Lockhart do Depends commercials?

by Anonymousreply 5June 30, 2024 3:56 AM

[quote]That's cool that she was vocally pro-gay when a lot of people (even very liberal ones) were not

And she has a Judy connection.

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by Anonymousreply 6June 30, 2024 3:59 AM

I think you’re thinking of June Allyson.

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by Anonymousreply 7June 30, 2024 3:59 AM

The "queer community"?

Are they still trying to promote that horrible word?

by Anonymousreply 8June 30, 2024 4:13 AM

^ If it passes off Log Cabinettes then it's not horrible

by Anonymousreply 9June 30, 2024 4:17 AM

What a wonderful person-Love her in “Lost in space” and she was in 1939 “A Christmas Carol “ with her very own parents playing her parents as Cratchit family. (Gene/Kathleen Lockhart)

by Anonymousreply 10June 30, 2024 4:36 AM

Virginia Graham was born in 1912 & died in 1998 at age 86 so she's about 58 in this clip.

by Anonymousreply 11June 30, 2024 4:40 AM

That was a surprisingly respectful conversation.

by Anonymousreply 12June 30, 2024 5:05 AM

In the next clip, June reveals that Lassie was played in drag and why that was rather fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 13June 30, 2024 5:15 AM

In the next clip, June puts Virginia in a headlock & threatens to eject her into space.

by Anonymousreply 14June 30, 2024 5:29 AM

Anyone with those sideburns cannot be taken seriously.

by Anonymousreply 15June 30, 2024 5:33 AM

^ Mind your own business.

by Anonymousreply 16June 30, 2024 5:35 AM

Troy's sideburns >>> Virginia's hair

by Anonymousreply 17June 30, 2024 5:37 AM

At first I thought one of the women on the couch was Phyllis Shlafey.

by Anonymousreply 18June 30, 2024 5:41 AM

In interviews, Bill Mumy says June was one of the most intelligent people he's ever known, and that she was always very engaged in government/policits and the world situation. Also a serious rock and roll head banger.

Long life to her!

by Anonymousreply 19June 30, 2024 6:37 AM

June co-hosted the Miss USA Pageant on television for several years but was fired for her slutty lifestyle. In her day Timmy's mom could get it.

by Anonymousreply 20June 30, 2024 6:55 AM

I have always liked her, and even more now.

by Anonymousreply 21June 30, 2024 3:27 PM

She played a character named TWINK in The Yearling.

by Anonymousreply 22June 30, 2024 3:45 PM

For those of you who don’t know who Virginia Graham is, she was an early talk show host from the ‘50s to the ‘70s. Considering she talked with and socialized with many different kinds of people it’s surprising that she seems to be the only one on the show with an issue with being gay.

Interesting, too, that June Lockhart gets applause after her comment. This was 1970 after all. There’d begin a huge backlash against the gay community in the early ‘80s when the AIDS epidemic would start.

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by Anonymousreply 23June 30, 2024 4:53 PM

[quote]June co-hosted the Miss USA Pageant on television for several years but was fired for her slutty lifestyle.

Actually, that was me.

by Anonymousreply 24June 30, 2024 4:56 PM

As a kid I wanted to be gay with Mark Goddard. I’m glad June would have been supportive

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by Anonymousreply 25June 30, 2024 5:26 PM

God, Virginia was an absolute cunt in that segment, and June was a delight.

by Anonymousreply 26June 30, 2024 6:45 PM

Plot twist: Lassie was non-binary.

by Anonymousreply 27June 30, 2024 7:37 PM

June gets her point across in such a lovely, gentle manner. Virginia Graham was a slob.

by Anonymousreply 28June 30, 2024 7:45 PM

June was a nepo baby -what does DL say about that?

by Anonymousreply 29June 30, 2024 8:03 PM

just fabulous

by Anonymousreply 30June 30, 2024 8:27 PM

Westlake School for Girls, class of 1943:

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by Anonymousreply 31June 30, 2024 8:27 PM

July bump for June.

by Anonymousreply 32July 4, 2024 2:24 AM

If I could think of that Judy Garland tribute that's in every Judy thread I would post it with June's name inserted instead.

And I'm pretty sure she played Donna Martin's (Tori Spelling) grandma on Beverly Hills 90210.

by Anonymousreply 33July 4, 2024 3:08 AM

Eunice St. Clair

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by Anonymousreply 34July 4, 2024 3:15 AM

She played Felicia's Aztec Treasure hoarding grandma on General Hospital.

by Anonymousreply 35July 4, 2024 3:16 AM

She got lovelier as she aged (any work notwithstanding).

by Anonymousreply 36July 4, 2024 3:20 AM

Virginia Graham was not very enlightened especially for someone who said she has "several homosexual friends."

by Anonymousreply 37July 4, 2024 3:36 AM

[quote]Virginia Graham was not very enlightened

Surprises me too, r37.

by Anonymousreply 38July 4, 2024 3:49 AM

I saw June Lockhart when I saw “The Boy From Oz” on Broadway… to honor either Peter Allen or Hugh Jackman, she was wearing an animal print blouse and skin tight oxblood leather pants. She was dancing in the aisle during the curtain call! At 79!

by Anonymousreply 39July 4, 2024 3:49 AM

June Lockhart is a Tony winner.

by Anonymousreply 40July 4, 2024 3:53 AM

After being dumped by Helen Lawson, lonely Joan is rumored to have convinced a reluctant Virginia to take a dip in the lady pond.

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by Anonymousreply 41July 4, 2024 3:53 AM

Virginia Graham fell down once and broke her hair.

by Anonymousreply 42July 4, 2024 4:11 AM

Looking at her, there can be absolutely no doubt that Aqua Net contained vinyl chloride....

by Anonymousreply 43July 4, 2024 4:16 AM

June has always also been extremely interested and participating in our country’s political and scientific developments and accomplishments. A very bright and spirited lady, as well as an understated and perhaps underappreciated actor (not to mention, a classic rock music junkie in her day!).

by Anonymousreply 44July 4, 2024 4:17 AM

June Lockhart is a fine woman who aged wonderfully.

And just for fun: Mark Goddard lived his retirement in Bridgewater, MA on the same street as my old maid aunts. He loved their pilaf and had no idea who he was until I explained.

by Anonymousreply 45July 4, 2024 10:20 AM

That Virginia Graham is such a nasty old cunt.

by Anonymousreply 46July 4, 2024 10:38 AM

R20 So she was fired for being a Runaround Sue?

by Anonymousreply 47July 5, 2024 8:45 AM

When I was working at the Museum of Television and Radio, we did a Lost in Space retrospective. We had the surviving cast for a screening followed by Q and A. We were told to keep June Lockhart and Jonathan Harris away from each other. They hated one and other.

She called him "the old man," and he called her "the whore of Babylon."

We were supposed to screen the unaired pilot, which Harris is not in. But, someone put the wrong tape in, and the aired pilot started. June Lockhart got out of her seat and complained out of earshot of the audience.

The tape stopped maybe 7 minutes in, and they played the unaired pilot. The one without Harris. She'd told them she only agreed to appear with the unaired pilot.

A funny postscript to this- my mom's best friend from college married Mark Goddard, who'd played Don West. I made sure to seek him out and introduce myself before the show. Well, Mark was already 3 sheets to the wind, as there was an open bar. By the time the screening was over, and the q & a started, he was falling down drunk. I swear to God, the man literally fell out of his chair. Everyone just tried to ignore it, but it was a wild scene in Beverly Hills.

Only later did I find out about the murder of Karyn Kupcinet. Had I know at the time I would've asked him about discovering her body.

by Anonymousreply 48July 5, 2024 3:31 PM

June seems more high maintenance than I thought.

It's had to picture her being into all that hard rock in her 60's-matron hairdo.

Did she have a nose job? Earlier, she seemed to have her dad's somewhat canine shnozz.

by Anonymousreply 49July 5, 2024 3:42 PM

I remember her from General Hospital. Tony Geary said that June was a cunt. And he doesn’t like cunts.

by Anonymousreply 50July 6, 2024 4:17 AM

[quote]Tony Geary said that June was a cunt

Tony called her an alluring minx, r50.

by Anonymousreply 51July 6, 2024 4:42 AM

R51 That's quite a difference...

by Anonymousreply 52July 6, 2024 4:34 PM

Barbara Walters often cited Virginia Graham as an influence for her creation of the View. I guess having a few cunts sitting around arguing isn't new.

Troy Perry was the minister that helped the victims of the Upstairs Lounge fire in New Orleans after so many died.

by Anonymousreply 53July 7, 2024 3:05 PM

Takes a lot to shock me but Virginia Graham being anti-gay did it.

by Anonymousreply 54July 7, 2024 4:08 PM

Good for June! Timmy would be proud...

by Anonymousreply 55July 7, 2024 4:32 PM

This is great!

Sadly, so many (even a lot of DL posters), still seem to be espousing Graham’s bigoted views.

by Anonymousreply 56July 7, 2024 4:47 PM

Love Rev. Perry.

by Anonymousreply 57July 7, 2024 5:27 PM

Rev. Troy Perry is 83 and looks quite healthy for his age.

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by Anonymousreply 58July 7, 2024 8:49 PM

My God, who cares about Virginia Graham?

by Anonymousreply 59July 7, 2024 10:12 PM

I wasn't the only bitch on "Lassie."

by Anonymousreply 60July 8, 2024 1:58 AM

Virginia Graham’s pussy stunk!

by Anonymousreply 61July 8, 2024 6:21 PM

I was hot for the dad on Lost in Space.

by Anonymousreply 62July 8, 2024 6:34 PM

[quote]I was hot for the dad on Lost in Space.

He was also Zorro.

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by Anonymousreply 63July 8, 2024 6:42 PM

June played Liz Taylor grown up in The White Hills of Dover 1944.

by Anonymousreply 64July 8, 2024 6:49 PM

Guy Williams was a Henry Wilson boy. I wonder if you had to sleep with him even if you were straight to get him to represent you.

by Anonymousreply 65July 8, 2024 6:59 PM

She played Dinky Hocker’s mother in Dinky Hocker ( 1978) on the ABC After School Special.

by Anonymousreply 66July 8, 2024 7:02 PM

I always knew there was a reason to love June.

by Anonymousreply 67July 8, 2024 7:09 PM

June was good as the rather cold mother of Wendy Jo Sperber.

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by Anonymousreply 68July 8, 2024 10:32 PM

People forget that Virginia Graham voiced the view of the majority of Americans in 1970. She might have known a handful of "homosexuals" then, but she voiced her belief that we were not "normal." She believed homosexuality was pathological. And when she opines about not discussing her personal life, that even resonates sometimes today, when straight people still think of us in terms of acts rather than identity.

This show aired in 1970. It's three years before homosexuality was removed from the DSM as a disorder. And only a year after Stonewall

June Lockhart was better educated and more enlightened than Graham. Thank God for the theatre community and the film and television industry. Yes, there were those like Graham. And then there were those like Lockhart (as well as the guy next to her on the couch). The latter were at the forefront of acceptance.

Liked her as Maureen Robinson. I paid more attention to her husband John and Major West on weekday afternoons when "Lost in Space" was in syndication. But I fell in love with her, after watching OP's clip!

by Anonymousreply 69July 9, 2024 8:51 AM

I fell i n love with her washing machine that took three seconds to wash, iron, fold, and wrap in plastic each item.

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by Anonymousreply 70July 9, 2024 10:22 AM

[quote] Guy Williams was a Henry Wilson boy. I wonder if you had to sleep with him even if you were straight to get him to represent you.

R65: Per Robert Hofler, author of “The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson,” it wasn’t essential, but the author also mentions a number of leading men that wouldn’t be represented by Willson out of concern they might be thought to be gay. It seems that Willson thrived on power and influence any way he could get it.

by Anonymousreply 71July 9, 2024 9:38 PM

R67- Me too. The weather is beautiful by then.

by Anonymousreply 72July 10, 2024 12:41 AM

[quote]the author also mentions a number of leading men that wouldn’t be represented by Willson out of concern they might be thought to be gay.

And end up with a name like Rock or Tab or Clunk.

by Anonymousreply 73July 10, 2024 12:49 AM

R73 Yes, Willson had a narrow idea of what was a manly name for a male leading man; he may have been overcompensating as a (somewhat) closeted homosexual of that era.

by Anonymousreply 74July 10, 2024 2:02 AM

Tab Hunter says in the video version of his autobiography he didn't do anything with Willson, he says something like, Why would I? I wasn't attracted to him. He says Willson made a pass at him. As far as I remember.

by Anonymousreply 75July 10, 2024 12:09 PM

(Hunter wasn't discovered by Willson and had already been represented by Dick Clayton, I think.)

by Anonymousreply 76July 10, 2024 12:12 PM

Sorry to keep posting (I woke up and started looking at DL and there's no one around)...but I felt June Lockhart was very familiar, growing up. First, she was the mother on Lassie, a show I really, really liked. Then Lassie morphed into another type of show where Lassie left home and wandered around, getting into different adventures (sort of like the original movie, Lassie Come Home, from the 1940s)--June Lockhart narrated that. Then she was on Lost In Space, another show I loved. All of this was before I was 10. Then she was the doctor character (who sort-of replaced the late Bea Benaderet) on another show I always watched: Petticoat Junction. That went off the air when I was 12. It's hard to picture any other female TV star who was in my consciousness as much as JL. Other than Lucille Ball--but that was different, because she stood out, while Lockhart sort of blended in--always calmly there.

by Anonymousreply 77July 10, 2024 12:24 PM

...In fact, even though I'm sure June (who gained some fame on Broadway) made a lot of money and was successful doing TV, I have to wonder now whether, as an actress, she wasn't bored with the quiet, unemotional, straight-arrow mom-type roles she always was cast in. Never getting a chance to do much interesting acting.

by Anonymousreply 78July 10, 2024 12:36 PM

R77- I was a gayling in the early 1970's who had a crush/attraction on little Timmy on the Lassie show. Watching the show on WPIX in 1972- even then I knew I was watching an old show and that the little boy was all grown up and I could never be friends with him or anything. It was a bit melancholy or bittersweet.

by Anonymousreply 79July 11, 2024 4:10 PM

The only TV character I remember having a crush on (if it was that) was Luke Halpin on Flipper. I couldn't figure out if I was jealous, or hero-worshipped him, or if it was something else. I had somewhat confusing emotions about it. I wasn't very self-aware. I also had some kind of crush on the statuesque showgirls (or June Taylor dancers--I forget) who brought Jackie Gleason his "coffee" on his show. But I also liked their satiny clothes. Ever since I was little I had a fetish or whatever for the feel of satin, and maybe I wanted to cross-dress, I don't know. Never did. I wish I was as clear cut on my childhood fantasies as some of you. (Sorry--late for my appointment with my shrink.)

by Anonymousreply 80July 11, 2024 4:54 PM

She was in ‘’Son of Lassie’’1945.She was cute and sweet-Peter Lawford’s love interest.Not a great film.

by Anonymousreply 81July 13, 2024 3:23 PM

Speaking of Jackie Gleason (R-80) recently discovered he was like Ellen-Crazy Tyrant.

by Anonymousreply 82July 13, 2024 3:28 PM

R82 Don't put a dash after the "R", just R plus the post number. Or else the person (me) won't get a notification.

by Anonymousreply 83July 13, 2024 4:07 PM

I'd like to give a shout out to the June Taylor Dancers.

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by Anonymousreply 84July 13, 2024 4:19 PM

...in heaven.

by Anonymousreply 85July 13, 2024 4:34 PM

[quote] Anyone with those sideburns cannot be taken seriously.

I liked the sideburns.

by Anonymousreply 86July 13, 2024 6:57 PM

GIRL TALK

Do dee do dee

Da dah da da da da da

by Anonymousreply 87July 13, 2024 7:00 PM

Thanks-R-83-Will remember that.

by Anonymousreply 88July 13, 2024 7:11 PM

R88 You didn't do it!

by Anonymousreply 89July 13, 2024 8:16 PM

So why is that violinist not really playing? He couldn't do it live for TV? He had to be synced? Anyway I with the Bolshoi had kept it in their rep.

by Anonymousreply 90July 14, 2024 2:37 PM

Evil Western cultural appropriation from June with a bit of gay soft porn thrown in.

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by Anonymousreply 91July 14, 2024 2:48 PM

June is quite a pistol. Adore the woman.

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by Anonymousreply 92July 16, 2024 2:23 AM

R91 I assume you mean Taylor, not Lockhart

by Anonymousreply 93July 16, 2024 3:37 PM

Awww June is a fabulous human being <3

by Anonymousreply 94July 16, 2024 4:32 PM

Thanks OP. I really enjoyed this thread.

by Anonymousreply 95July 19, 2024 7:38 PM

You’re welcome, R95. I thought the video was cool. It’s important we remember our past.

by Anonymousreply 96July 19, 2024 10:22 PM

If you look up “yenta” in the dictionary you’ll see a picture of Virginia Graham.

by Anonymousreply 97July 19, 2024 10:41 PM

You look up "Yentl" guess who you'll see then...

by Anonymousreply 98July 19, 2024 11:21 PM

Watching that Match Game clip, June and Swoosie Kurtz should have played mother and daughter. Their voices sound similar, and they have the same big eyes, and pinchable cheeks… although if you pinched Swoosie’s cheeks these days, her noggin would explode.

by Anonymousreply 99July 22, 2024 5:05 PM

100!

by Anonymousreply 100July 22, 2024 5:07 PM

Not until next June 25th.

by Anonymousreply 101July 22, 2024 11:03 PM

^^^ Yes, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 102July 22, 2024 11:14 PM

Has anyone ever seen Time Limit (1957)? It's a good movie directed by Karl Malden, starring Richard Widmark as an Army lawyer and Richard Basehart as a soldier accused of collaborating with the enemy during the Korean War. (Filmed on Governor's Island, NYC.) Lockhart plays Basehart's wife. I waited to see what kind of characterization she would come up with. But she was just "June Lockhart," with her usual well-enunciated speech, as far as I recall.

by Anonymousreply 103July 23, 2024 4:04 AM
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