June MacCloy : biography
June MacCloy (June 2, 1909 – May 5, 2005) was an American actress and singer in the 1930s and 1940s.
Born in Sturgis, Michigan, MacCloy moved to Toledo, Ohio as a child.
In March 1931 she was sued for divorce in Cincinnati, Ohio by Wilbur Guthlein, a representative of a motion picture corporation. MacCloy married Schuyler Schenck in 1931 and divorced him in 1933. In December 1941 she married architect and fellow jazz enthusiast Neal Wendell Butler, with whom she raised two children until his 1985 death.
MacCloy died May 5, 2005 of natural causes.
In 1928 she joined Vanities, produced by Earl Carroll, but her mother forced her to quit due to her skimpy costume. When she was a teenager, MacCloy was chosen by song writer/producer Lew Brown (of the prolific team DeSylva, Brown & Henderson) to impersonate Broadway star Harry Richman, singing "I’m On The Crest of a Wave" in the ninth edition of George White’s Scandals (Apollo Theater, July 2, 1928; 230 performances). Just prior to making her first movie MacCloy was working in New York City clubs such as the Abbey and Chateau Madrid. She also toured with a Parkington Vaudeville Unit, which used the designing talents of a young Vincente Minnelli. After her film début she appeared with Lupe Vélez, Bert Lahr, Buddy Rogers and June Knight in "Hot-Cha", Florenz Ziegfeld’s last production (Ziegfeld Theater, March 8, 1932; 119 performances). Her big number was "Little Old New York" by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson.
MacCloy subsequently sang with dance orchestras, including Johnny Hamp, Henry King, Jimmie Grier and Ben Pollack. In San Francisco she was featured with the Williams-Walsh Orchestra (Griff Williams and Jimmy Walsh) at the Hotel Mark Hopkins. Her band work took her to Chicago and many other cities.
Signed by Paramount Pictures in 1930, she was loaned out to United Artists for her first feature, Reaching for the Moon (film) (1931), starring Bebe Daniels, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Edward Everett Horton and Claud Allister. She plays ‘Kitty,’ Bebe Daniels’ flirtatious best friend. The director, Edmund Goulding, was casting another Fairbanks film when he heard about MacCloy and wired her to come and test. Her first Paramount film was June Moon (released March 21, 1931), based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner. Subsequently MacCloy appeared in a variety of short films and some features with stars such as Jack Oakie, Frances Dee and ZaSu Pitts. With co-stars Gertrude Short and Marion Shilling, she made a series of short films for RKO-Pathé called The Gay Girls. One of her directors was the then disgraced Fatty Arbuckle. With Leon Erroll, she co-starred in the second full Technicolor film shot outdoors, "Good Morning, Eve!" (1934). MacCloy’s last major role was in Go West starring the Marx Bros., released in 1940.