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July 12, 2006


Happy birthday, Kendall.

Awww. Sniff.
Kendall, you will always be my June Allyson too.

Happy birthday Kendall. I love you very much.
your sister in law

hAPpy BirTHDay, kENdaLL.

Your hubby dearest sure knows how to group you in with the best of 'em. It's nice to always *slip into something Hollywood*, isn't it?

Oy, I remembered June's "celebrity endorsement":

Wilson's Stores

Apparently when Depends approached Allyson to star in commercials for its disposable undergarments, she was reluctant to ink the deal. After talking with her mother, who suffered from incontinence, Allyson decided to become the company's celebrity endorser.

Oy, I tried to leave a comment - but to no avail - all yesterday! What I had wanted to say was:

Happy Happy Day!
Happy Birthday Kendall!
Great post! Great Hubby! Great couple!

Happy, happy birthday, Kendall (maybe one of these days, when we're in the same city, I'll finally get to meet you). Sorry it's a day late (but then, birthdays that go on forever are always nice). And welcome to your forties; they're FABULOUS years. Meanwhile, hurry up, I'm waiting for that book.

And Danny, what a great birthday post.

What a wonderful post Danny...A tribute to both your dear sweet wife who began her 41st year today and the just passed on Miss June Allyson...

I saw Kendall earlier today as you know, and we talked about June...I told her I had made a June Allyson scrapbook, "back in the day"...(I just had found it, too...on her next visit I will have to show it to her)...And further, I told her that the two films that made me fall in love with June Allyson were "Two Girls and a Sailor" and "Music For Millions"...Kendall is the only person I know under 70 that not only has seen the movies, but LOVES them! I did not know until today that June was such a major influence on Kendall's life...(And I'm sure she will tell you of the "insider" nickname I told her about today--that no doubt probably came into being during that separation time from Dick Powell!)

A Very Very Happy Birthday Kendall...I LOVE THE "MRS. MINIVER" CAKE...What a swell husband you are, dear Danny!

Happy birthday to Kendall.
I will also turn 40 this year, but I share June's birthday of October 7th.

I am not as up on movies as your family, but I did see her in The Glenn Miller story and think of her when I hear Little Brown Jug or String of Pearls.

I have read Kendall's first book and will admit that a mention of Kendall in a homeschooler's blog led me here. Once inside, I have enjoyed Danny's writing very much. I look forward to more writing from either of you.

Have a great forty.

Happy birthday, Kendall! Everyone knows that women in their forties are the sexiest.

I was just a little tyke when I first saw June in Little Women and it wasn't until I was much older that I saw it again and realized how shocking and wonderful June Allyson's portrayal of Jo was. Her spunk and determination were awesome. I'm sure that film changed me forever!
(I had a major birthday this week too. Major. Turning 40 is nothing, gang!)

lovely post Danny...I always loved June Allyson in Little Women...I cry everytime she cuts her hair off.
Happy birthday only gets better after 40.

Happy Birthday Kendall, yadda yadda yadda. More importantly, where did you get the cake?
Love and best wishes,

Happy Birthday Kendall!

Kendall's writing another book, how fantastic! An early birthday present for me!(my birthday is in Dec.) I found this blog by trying to find another book by Kendall and found 2 fantastic writers.
Great post, Danny.

I'm way behind on my blog-reading, and so I am also way behind on wishing Kendall a happy birthday. Please give her a hug and kiss from me. Thanks for the preview of her book-I wish I had the power and money to publish it right now!

June Allyson and Memories: Gone, but Not Forgotten...

My Tribute to June Allyson

Jack Heinzman's Tribute to June Allyson

Charles Michel's Tribute to June Allyson

Jim Bishop's Tribute to June Allyson

"Like the memory of her smile and her tears and her raspy little voice, some things will stay with us forever." -- from Jim Bishop's Tribute to June Allyson

Down on Your Heels, and Up On Your Toes!
by Len Bourret (Copyright 2006)

She was the girl GIs gravitated towards, the kind of woman every man wanted to marry, and the special friend everyone wanted to know. She loved people, and they loved her back. She exuded positive energy and a sunshiny smile that was uplifting--and, somehow, just being around her was uplifting and made people feel better. She was, and shall always be, "Good News" itself. Harry James' trumpet (from "Two Girls and a Sailor") is blowing in the heavens, and one can hear and see June Allyson exuberantly singing, "He's the young man with a horn!"

To know "Junie" (as she was personified by her closed friends), one only had to become familiar with Ella Van Geisman, the little girl from the Bronx. She was a hard worker, and a powerhouse. She danced her way out of poverty and, on a dare from her schoolchums, learned to dance like and eventually befriended her #1 heroine, Ginger Rogers. And, out of a Third Avenue el, she learned to follow in the footsteps of her #1 hero, Fred Astaire. She had a distinctive voice, and a winsome personality. And, it was not an accident or coincidental that she became destined to become the actress and human being that everyone wanted to emulate and have as their nextdoor neighbor. Hers was a rags-to-riches story, a kind of Shirley Temple real-life doll (more than merely on paper), a Jo March tomboy with feminine grace. She was a princess, who married a prince, Richard Ewing Powell. And Richard, or Dick Powell as he is known to the world, was a kind man who loved kids. But, he was--and taught June Allyson to be, strong as a redwood--and this served to be her strength, after Richard's passing. And, indeed, June Allyson went through an extremely difficult period from 1963 (after Richard passed from this earth) to 1976 (when she married an equally-kind man, David Ashrow). But, during this time of magnificent independence, the little girl became quite a woman. And, she was a loyal friend and partner (she was married to Dick Powell for almost 20 years, and was married to David Ashrow for almost 30 years).

When I was a little boy, Dick Powell used to call me from Four Star Television (where he became a still-respected Louis B. Mayer kind of television mogul), and he gave me a 16m.m. print of "Sister Mary Slugger" (a segment I loved from early-television's June Allyson Show). I deeply cherished and faithfully preserved the print, for years, and presented it to June Allyson on videocassette. And, at the Judy Garland Festival in 2002, I had the rare opportunity to read my poetry to June Allyson. Some people are fortunate to meet their heroine once in a lifetime. I was privileged and proud to meet June Allyson on four special occasions: once when she was appearing in "Goodbye Ghost" (in Coconut Grove, Florida), twice when she was appearing in "Forty Carats" (on Broadway), thrice when she was appearing in "No No Nanette" (in Hollywood), and at the Judy Garland Festival (an annual event held to honor June Allyson's friend in Judy Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota). But, this shall not be yours and my final meeting. We shall see June, Judy, and Richard at the rainbow--and June Allyson will be dancing and singing The Varsity Drag (from MGM's "Good News")!

I'm not sure where to start, but first and foremost - congratulations to Kendall and Danny!! Wow!!! and a very happy belated birthday - I'm right behind ya baby!! :)

Dearest Kendall - I was one of those who "googled" you in hopes of tracking you down. Probably not a day goes by that you are not a part of in some way. Recently Will and the girls and I moved, and cleaning out my storage room was a box full of your books, and I wanted to get them to you. I have of course saved one for each of my girls (there are 4 by the way!) and most of all I want to get in touch with you. I must say this is a very odd way to do that, but what the heck - hopefully this will reach you and maybe we will connect!
you are deeply missed-
all my love,

I was just browsing for pics of the divine Ms Allyson in "Little Women" - I have been watching it religiously this week it seems - to add to my blog when I found this fabulous post (although I'm about a year behind in reading it, it seems). All I can say is that I am desperate to catch up on this mysterious Kendall and hope her book has since been published, because I am absolutely ravenous to read it. I adore and appreciate her musings on Junie and hope to catch up more, as much as I hope anything I write in remembrance of one of my favorite MGM ladies does her justice. Thanks for this great post and all the words of wisdom, I'll be back!

And p.s., the screencaps are fabulous!

I also found my way to you via a search for for Kendall. I read her book only a year or two after it was published. I have been waiting since then for another one. She is such a wonderful, funny writer. All the best to the both of you.

Great post--sorry it's taken so long to find it!

I too was a fan of and correspondent with Kendall back in "the day," shortly after "Autodidact" was published. We both share a love for screwball comedy, intellectual wonderment, and passion for life. I'm so glad that you two are together--wonder in life is wonderful, eh? After 18 years of marriage, I can vouch for its benefits.

Get in touch when you can, and all the best wishes to y'all!

You Had A Birthday in July I See
By D.K.Milgrim-Heath

You had a birthday in July I see-
On the 12th Kendall-just like me!

Cancer people are special we're so aware-
We're family oriented with a flair!

We become wives and mom's that becomes us-
While doting over loved ones we fuss!

You've now your beloved Charlie-
I've Sabrina,Harris and Emile!

You're also into Hollywood musicals I see-
My Harris's a musical theatre major in year three!

Cancer sign moms are very special by far-
That's something Kendall just who we are!

I just dipped happened onto your tribute to Kendall on her 40th, and related tributes to so many other wonderful women. Please pass belated birthday greetings to Kendall for me. I loved the inclusion of brief excerpts from her new book. Now I'm desperate to read it. When oh when?--Marilyn

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