June made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of Peter Ibbetson, playing Mimsey in the dream sequence. In the mid-1930s, 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, 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 as the ingénue in the comedy For Love or Money with John Loder, winning the Tony (known then as The Antoinette Perry Award) in the category of Best Newcomer.  The overnight toast of Broadway, she went on to become one of TV's most recognizable moms, co-starring in popular series like "Lassie," "Lost in Space" and “Petticoat Junction.”  In 2009, June was selected as one of nine Legendary Ladies of Stage and Screen to have items from her career inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's first permanent Entertainment Exhibit and in 2014, June appeared at the Daytime EMMY Awards as a presenter, receiving a standing ovation by colleagues who fondly remembered her role as a grandmother, Maria Ramirez, in the Daytime drama, General Hospital.  Recently, June received what she now considers her greatest honor, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration presented her with their Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for outstanding talent for inspiring the public about space exploration and her many interactions with and on behalf of NASA.  "It's Sweet!," declares Ms. Lockhart. In 2014, Ms. Lockhart will celebrate her 81st year in the entertaiment industry. She recalls first professional paycheck was for $2.50.  "It's still larger than some of the residuals I receive from 'Lost In Space'," says Lockhart. 



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