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June Clayworth

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June Clayworth
Esther June Cantor

(1905-06-09)9 June 1905
Died1 January 1993(1993-01-01) (aged 87)
Resting placeHillside Memorial Park
Alma materEmerson School of Oratory
Years active1930–1961 (film)
Spouse(s)Sid Rogell (1938-1973) (his death)[1]

June Clayworth (born Esther June Cantor,[2] 1905[3]–1993) was an American stage and film actress.[4] She was married to the producer Sid Rogell.[1]

Early years

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Cantor, Clayworth was born Esther June Cantor[2] in New Jersey[3] but raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Coughlin High School[5] and studied at the Emerson College of Oratory in Boston.[6]

Clayworth was chosen Miss Wilkes-Barre and represented the city in the Miss America 1927 pageant.[7]


Clayworth gained acting experience in stock theater, including working in the Thatcher Stock Company of Scranton, Pennsylvania,[2] and being the leading lady in the Hudson Players troupe at Scarboro, New York.[5] Her Broadway debut came in Torch Song (1930); she also appeared in Page Pygmalion (1932) on Broadway.[8]

She signed her first film contract with Warner Bros.[5] Her film debut came in The Good Fairy (1935).[1] Later, she worked for Universal and Columbia studios.[9]


Clayworth died in Woodland Hills, California.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Strange Wives Nadja
1935 The Good Fairy Mitzi
1935 Transient Lady Pat Warren
1935 Lady Tubbs Jean LaGendre
1935 False Witness
1936 Two-Fisted Gentleman Ginger
1937 Married Before Breakfast June Baylin
1937 Between Two Women Eleanor
1937 Live, Love and Learn Annabella Post
1939 Almost a Gentleman Marion Gates
1946 The Truth About Murder Marsha Crane
1946 Criminal Court Joan Mason
1947 Beat the Band Willow Martin
1947 Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Dr. Irma M. Learned
1948 Bodyguard Connie Fenton
1950 The White Tower Mme. Astrid Delambre
1952 At Sword's Point Comtesse Claudine
1953 Dream Wife Mrs. May Elkwood
1954 The Rocket Man Harriet Snedley
1955 There's Always Tomorrow Minor Role Uncredited
1961 The Marriage-Go-Round Flo Granger (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d "June Clayworth Dead; Stage and Film Actress". The New York Times. New York, New York City. January 8, 1993. Archived from the original on 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Appearing At Palace". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. May 9, 1930. p. 3. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ a b 1910,1920 census for Esther Cantor. "Ancestry.com".
  4. ^ Keaney p.100
  5. ^ a b c "Esther Cantor Signs to Play with Warner's". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. June 27, 1933. p. 7. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Interesting Facts About Interesting People". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Wisconsin, Milwaukee. October 11, 1935. p. 5. Retrieved February 28, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "Miss Wilkes-Barre on Stage". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. December 31, 1928. p. 6. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ "June Clayworth". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "June Clayworth Is Frank Critic of Own Movie Play". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. December 2, 1936. p. 15. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access


  • Keaney, Michael F. Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959. McFarland, 2003.

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