Born in New York City on June 25, 1925, the daughter of actors Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart, June Lockhart made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of "Peter Ibbetson" playing Mimsey in the dream sequence.
In the mid-1930's the Lockharts relocated to California where father Gene enjoyed a long career as one of the screen's great character actors. June made her screen debut in MGM's version of A Christmas Carol (1938), playing—appropriately enough—the daughter of stars Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart.
June appeared in a dozen or more movies before 1947 when she made her Broadway bow playing the ingénue in the comedy "For Love or Money" with John Loder. She got a standing ovation on opening night; one critic compared her debut to the first big hits of Helen Hayes and Margaret Sullivan. The overnight toast of Broadway, she went on to win a Tony Award, the Donaldson Award, the Theatre World Award and the Associated Press citation for Woman of the Year for Drama for her work in that play. On television, she has co-starred in popular series like Lassie (1954) and Lost in Space (1965). Married and divorced, she is the mother of Anne Lockhart and Lizabeth Lockhart.
"Guy Williams and I did have scenes of intimacy in the beginning. Great affection was shown, hand-holding and kisses—in the pilot, it's all there. But the word came down from CBS that we were not to touch each other because, they said, it embarrassed children watching at home to see the parents kissing."—June Lockhart recalling the cast's efforts to infuse the show with a family warmth she experienced growing up, (Starlog Magazine #198).
June Lockhart Interview
Hollywood Walk of Fame
June has two stars, one star for TV, and another for the movies. The TV star is located on the south side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Her Film star is located on the north side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard.