June Wilkinson

Thursday, March 25th, 2010


Mini Biography
by IMDb Database

Voluptuous would be an understatement when describing the incredibly-endowed June Wilkinson whose va-va-voom 43-22-37 contours filled out a 5′ 6″ frame that rivaled Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren during the heyday of the pneumatic blonde bombshell. Of the titillating, top-heavy trio, June wound up a distant third in film popularity but has to be acknowledged and complemented for her continued perseverance in a tough business. Still seen around town here and there broaching age 70, June was one of the most popular cheesecake models lensed nationally during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The British-born stunner was born on March 27, 1940 in Essex, England and wasted little time. Intially trained in dance (Sussex School of Dancing) to become a ballerina, she was performing on stage from age 12. The one-time brunette began as a topless dancer at age 15 and joined the legendary Windmill Theatre in London as a fan dancer in 1957. Discovered by Hugh M. Hefner within a short time, June came to America and first appeared in Playboy magazine in September 1958. Hefner rather unimaginatively but appropriately dubbed her “The Bosom.” The tag stuck and enhanced her eventual transformation from a stunning brunette to platinum blonde in 1960. A sensation on the pages of Playboy, she appeared again in both August 1959 and November 1960, and in several other issues over the years, although she would never become an official “Playmate.”

The uninhibited June took her “Playboy” publicity and ran with it. She started appearing in scores of girlie magazines and newspapers from 1958-1970, Like fellow pneumatics Mansfield and Van Doren, June vied for attention in films. Under contract to Seven Arts, her attempt at movie stardom, however, fell flat (sorry). After being unbilled in such lowgrade films as Thunder in the Sun (1959) and The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) (here she appeared faceless as a topless figure called “Torso”), she was showcased in Career Girl (1960), the tale of a girl trying to make it in Hollywood. With such lurid tag lines as “June is bustin’ out all over!” promoting her pictures, one need not be a rocket scientist to see where her film career was headed. Subsequent romps in “Golden Age” turkeys like The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960), Macumba Love (1960) (her best known), and The Continental Twist (1961) sealed her fate as a serious movie actress.

June, however, kept her name alive throughout the 1960s and 1970s in nightclubs (notably as a sexy foil to Spike Jones), and on the live stage in such sex comedy teasers as “Three in a Bedroom,” “The Ninety-Day Mistress” and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” via the dinner theater and Las Vegas hotel circuits. Her most successful vehicle was in “Pajama Tops,” a show which amplified her still-gorgeous figure as well as her comedy timing. She returned to this well-received show quite frequently for decades and took it briefly to Broadway in 1963. She also appeared glamorously in such TV shows as “Batman,” as the villainess Evilina, and “The Doris Day Show.” In 1972, June married Dan Pastorini, the NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers and L.A. Rams, who was known for his playboy-like reputation. He sometimes appeared as an actor in films and TV, and the couple appeared together in the film The Florida Connection (1974). They had a daughter, Brahna, before divorcing ten years later.

A savvy, health-conscious businesswoman, her later projects have included running a successful string of fitness centers in Canada, hosting the Encore cable show “The Directors” in which she interviews filmmakers, and a historical fashion show called “Glamour’s First 5000 Years.” June recently made a rare film appearance in the lowbudget western Three Bad Men (2005) with George Kennedy.

Filmography
1. Three Bad Men (2005) …. Billie

2. Keaton’s Cop (1988) …. Sandra Channing/Big Mama
3. Talking Walls (1987) …. Blonde
4. Medium Rare (1987)
5. Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) …. Mrs. Cromwell
6. Sno-Line (1986) …. Audrey
… aka “Texas Godfather” – USA
7. Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie (1984) …. Randy

8. The Florida Connection (1974) …. Britt Claiborne
9. The Mack (1973) (uncredited)
10. “The Doris Day Show” …. Laura (1 episode, 1971)
– The People’s Choice (1971) TV episode …. Laura

11. “Batman” …. Evilina (1 episode, 1968)
– Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club (1968) TV episode …. Evilina
12. The Candidate (1964) …. Angela Wallace
13. Who’s Got the Action? (1962) (uncredited) …. Bride
14. La rabia por dentro (1962) …. Rita the starlet
… aka “The Rage” – USA
… aka “The Rage Within” – International (English title) (informal literal English title)
15. The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
16. Lover Come Back (1961) (uncredited) …. Stripper on Standee
17. The Continental Twist (1961) …. Jenny Watson
18. Too Late Blues (1961) (uncredited) …. Girl at Bar
19. The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) …. Saturday
20. Macumba Love (1960) …. Sara
21. Career Girl (1960) …. Joan

22. Thunder in the Sun (1959) (uncredited) …. Undetermined Role
23. The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) (uncredited) …. Nude Torso in Window

Producer:

1. “The Directors” (segment producer) (8 episodes, 1999-2001)
– The Films of Michael Mann (2001) TV episode (segment producer)
– The Films of Robert Altman (2001) TV episode (segment producer)
– The Films of Martin Scorsese (2000) TV episode (segment producer)
– The Films of Roger Corman (1999) TV episode (segment producer)
– The Films of Wes Craven (1999) TV episode (segment producer)
(3 more)

Soundtrack:

1. The Candidate (1964) (performer: “THE GIRL IN THE BIKINI WITH NO TOP ON TOP”)

Thanks:

1. “The Directors” (special thanks) (2 episodes)
– The Films of Lawrence Kasdan (????) TV episode (special thanks)
– The Films of Terry Gilliam (????) TV episode (special thanks)

Self:

1. Hollywood Blue (1970)
again a warm thank you to the guys at IMDb!

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