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LOCKHART, JUNE
(1925– ). American actress.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM CREDITS
Acted in: A Christmas Carol (uncredited) (Edwin L. Marin 1938); She-Wolf of London (Jean YARBROUGH 1946); episode of Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1953); "Death at My Fingertips" (1956), episode of Science Fiction Theatre; "Beauty and the Beast" (1958), episode of Shirley Temple Theatre; "The Nutcracker" (narrator) (1958), episode of Playhouse 90; "Little Pitchers Have Big Fears" (1964), episode of Bewitched; "The Ghost of Moby Dick" (1964), episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; "The Dove Affair" (1964), episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Lost in Space (tv series) (1965-1968);  Curse of the Black Widow (tv movie) (Dan CURTIS 1977); "Dangerous Waters" (1978), episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries; "Jacob's Challenge" (1979), episode of Greatest Heroes of the Bible; "Uncle George" (1981), episode of Darkroom; Deadly Games (Scott Mansfield 1982); "Here's Looking at You, Kid" (1981), "The Newlywed Game" (1983), episodes of The Greatest American Hero; Strange Invaders (Michael Laughlin 1983); The Night They Saved Christmas (tv movie) (Jackie COOPER 1984); Troll (John Carl BUECHLER 1986); "The Pumpkin Competition" (1986), episode of Amazing Stories; C.H.U.D. II—Bud the Chud (David Irving 1989); Danger Island (tv movie) (Tommy Lee Wallace 1992); "The Quality of Mercy" (1994), episode of Babylon 5; Lost in Space (Stephen Hopkins 1998); Super Capers (Ray Griggs 2009); Zombie Hamlet (John Murlowski 2012).

Provided voice for animation: These Are the Days (tv series) (1974); "How to Found a Pound" (1986), episode of Pound Puppies; "Strangers in the Night," "Wildfire: King of the Horses" (1986), episodes of Wildfire; "Blazing Entrails/ Lumber Jerks" (1994), "A Scooter for Yaksmas" (1995), episodes of The Ren and Stimpy Show; "America the Beautiful" (1995), episode of Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man; "All the Duke's Men" (1995), episode of The Critic; "The Man Who Cried `Clown,'/Johnny, Real Good/Little Talky Tabitha!" (1997), episode of Johnny Bravo.

 
It is high time to treat June Lockhart with some respect: she may have looked soft and frail, constantly in need of strong men (or dogs) to keep her safe and sound, but she has now outlived most of her male companions and is still going strong at the age of eighty-seven, having just completed her performance as the dowager incongruously financing the production of Zombie Hamlet. Also, while stereotyping generally forced her into passive roles, there are fleeting hints of true moral fiber and an independent spirit, as observed in her occasional visits to the world of science fiction films.

She was the daughter of actors Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart, who set a pattern for their child by working incessantly until the father's death in 1957, and she made her uncredited debut as the daughter of their Mr. and Mrs. Crachit in the 1938 film version of A Christmas Carol. Appearing in several films during the 1940s, she stood out in She-Wolf of London as the demure young girl who couldn't possibly be a werewolf (and wasn't), though her first true fame came from appearances on Broadway. In the 1950s, her variegated career as a television guest star, including visits to Science Fiction Theatre and Shirley Temple Theatre, came to a temporary halt in 1958, when she was cast as Timmy's mother in Lassie (1958-1964), the series that forever defined her as a mother. Finally rescued from the confinements of rural domesticity in 1964, when a format change gave Lassie a new forest ranger master, Lockhart was evidently eager for new experiences, and while playing an overbearing mother in an episode of Bewitched offered no new challenges, she had more fun assisting Robert VAUGHN's Napoleon Solo on one mission in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and struggling to deal with a deranged husband while taking a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Soon, though, an offer she could not refuse would require her to again play a mother, but Lost in Space would at least offer the opportunity for some stimulating changes of scenery.

Lockhart's role in Irwin ALLEN's usually-ridiculous series is not properly appreciated; true, in most episodes, she appears only briefly at the family's current base camp, fretting about the whereabouts of her adventurous son, Billy MUMY, and his constant companions, the amiable Robot and Jonathan HARRIS's duplicitous Mr. Smith; but she had her moments. Thus, let the record show that Lockhart qualifies as America's first female spacewalker, since she bravely donned a spacesuit in one episode to venture into the cosmos to successfully rescue her husband. For the first time, perhaps, audiences could see that this woman might be made of sterner stuff than her scripts usually indicated. However, Lockhart soon came down to Earth when Lost in Space ended, and she was immediately summoned to replace the late Bea Benaderet as the motherly centerpiece of Petticoat Junction (1968-1970), also venturing into the other profession which would recur throughout her later career by playing a nurturing doctor.

For the last forty years, Lockhart has primarily worked as a supporting actress in television episodes and occasional films; the highlights include a welcome cameo in the 1950s homage Strange Invaders, two appearances in The Greatest American Hero as the mother of series regular Connie Sellecca, a pitch-perfect Mrs. Santa Claus in The Night They Saved Christmas, a friendly witch in Troll, another cameo in the 1998 film version of Lost in Space, and a role in Babylon 5 as an apparently fraudulent physician who, of course, turns out to be a genuine healer. She has also maintained high standards, qualifying as one of the few roving television stars of her era who never, ever paid a visit to either The Love Boat or Fantasy Island, and she also seems to have abandoned another disreputable arena for actors in search of employment, providing voices for animated films. Today, her already-written obituaries surely emphasize Lassie and Lost in Space, but she remains hard at work and might yet score another hit that will require some revisions. For June Lockhart has always been, quite definitely, tougher than she looks.

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