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June Duprez
June Duprez in And Then There Were None (1945).jpg
Duprez in And Then There Were None (1945)
Born
June Ada Rose Duprez

(1918-05-14)14 May 1918
Died30 October 1984(1984-10-30) (aged 66)
London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1936–1948; 1961
Spouse(s)
Frederick Guy Beauchamp
(m. 1935; div. 1942)

George M. Moffett, Jr.
(m. 1948; div. 1965)
Children2
Parent(s)

June Ada Rose Duprez (14 May 1918 – 30 October 1984) was an English film actress.

Early life

The daughter of American comedian Fred Duprez[1] and Australian Florence Isabelle Matthews, she was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England, during an air raid in the final months of World War I.

Career

She began acting in her adolescence with the Coventry Repertory Company[1] after studying at the Froebel Institute, and appeared in The Crimson Circle in 1936. Her next film was The Cardinal (1936), and she had a small role in The Spy in Black (1939), but it was the adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's The Four Feathers (1939), that made her a film star. Her peak of success came with the fantasy film The Thief of Bagdad (1940), which she made for Alexander Korda's London Films (on locations in the United Kingdom, northern Africa, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona).

Film still for Tiger Fangs (1943), Frank Buck (centre), June Duprez on Frank Buck's right
Film still for Tiger Fangs (1943), Frank Buck (centre), June Duprez on Frank Buck's right

Korda took charge of her career after this point and brought her to Hollywood, where he set her asking price at $50,000 per film. However, as Duprez had not yet achieved the level of popularity in the United States that she had in the United Kingdom, this tactic placed her out of contention for most roles. When she was released from Korda's contract, she appeared in low-budget fare, such as They Raid by Night (1942), Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942), and Tiger Fangs (1943). Clifford Odets' grim None But the Lonely Heart (1944), in which she co-starred with Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore, started a brief return to films of higher production values. Duprez joined an ensemble cast in René Clair's film version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (1945). The same year, she appeared opposite John Loder in The Brighton Strangler. In the Calcutta (1947), she starred with Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, and William Bendix.

After a few more motion pictures, Duprez moved to New York City for a brief career on and off Broadway. She appeared in "The Last Tycoon," an episode of the TV show Robert Montgomery Presents in 1951, and her final credited film performance was in One Plus One (1961), also titled Exploring the Kinsey Reports.

Music

Duprez composed "I Woke Up and Started Dreaming", a song that Bing Crosby's music company bought and published.[1]

Radio

On 10 September 1944, Duprez starred in "Forever Walking Free," an episode of Silver Theater on CBS radio.[2] She also starred in the 20 June 1946 episode of Suspense, titled "Your Devoted Wife," also on CBS radio.

Personal life and death

During World War 2, after her father's death, Duprez and her mother, living then in the U.S., were unable to access money they had in England. They sold or pawned jewels to stay afloat financially, and eventually Duprez sent her mother to Australia, where she had access to the British funds.[1]

Duprez married her first husband Frederick Beauchamp, a wealthy Harley Street doctor in 1935, and they divorced in 1942 when his jealousy of her film stardom had eroded their marriage. She married for a second time in October 1948 to George Moffett, Jr., a wealthy sportsman. They had two daughters, and divorced in 1965.[citation needed]

Duprez lived in Rome for several years, then returned to London to live the remainder of her life in a flat in the affluent Knightsbridge area, having a close relationship with an English nobleman.[citation needed]

She died there after a long period of illness on 30 October 1984 at age 66[3] and was buried at Streatham Park Cemetery.[citation needed]

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ a b c d "June Duprez". The Des Moines Register. Iowa, Des Moines. 24 September 1944. p. Section 8 - p 1. Retrieved 17 September 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Sunday Highlights". The Nebraska State Journal. 10 September 1944. p. 28. Retrieved 31 March 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Lamparski, Richard. "Whatever became of ... June Duprez". The Powell & Pressburger Pages.
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