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June Collyer (born Dorothea Heermance, August 19, 1906 – March 16, 1968) was an American film actress of the 1920s and 1930s.

June Collyer
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Dorothea Heermance

(1906-08-19)August 19, 1906
DiedMarch 16, 1968(1968-03-16) (aged 61)
Years active1927-1958
Stuart Erwin
(m. 1931; died 1967)

Early lifeEdit

Born in New York City,[1] Collyer chose to use her mother's maiden name[2] when she decided to pursue acting. Her father was Clayton Heermance, an attorney in New York.[3]


A debutante[4] chosen by Allan Dwan, Collyer had her first starring role in 1927 when she starred in East Side, West Side.[5] She did a total of eleven films during the silent film era, and unlike many of that period she made a successful transition to sound movies.

In 1928 she was one of thirteen girls selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars", an honor her future sister-in-law Marian Shockley would also receive later on in 1932. In 1930 Collyer starred opposite Louise Dresser and Joyce Compton in The Three Sisters, and that same year she starred with Claudia Dell in Sweet Kitty Bellairs. She starred in nineteen films from 1930 to 1936. She took a break in the 1940s, either by choice or due to her not receiving starring roles. During the 1950s she returned to acting, having a regular role on the television series The Stu Erwin Show (aka "Trouble With Father") from 1950 through 1955, starring with her husband, Stu Erwin. She played in one episode of the 1958 series Playhouse 90, then retired.

Personal lifeEdit

Collyer was the sister of Bud Collyer,[6] and her sister-in-law was actress Marian Shockley. On July 22, 1931, in Yuma, Arizona,[7] she married actor Stu Erwin[5]; they remained wed until he died in December 1967, just a few months before her own death.

She remained in Los Angeles.


Collyer died at the age of 61 on March 16, 1968, of bronchial pneumonia.[5] She was interred at Chapel of the Pines Crematory. Her brother Bud survived her at the time of her death, but died the following year, also at the age of 61.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 23. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 9780786431984. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Talkies' Funny Man, Bride Return to Hollywood Home". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. July 28, 1931. p. 26. Retrieved August 8, 2017 – via  
  4. ^ Landesman, Fred (2007). The John Wayne Filmography. McFarland. p. 133. ISBN 9781476609225. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Willis, John (1969). Screen World: 1969. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 233. ISBN 9780819603104. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Monday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (4): 43. February 1940. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  7. ^ "June Collyer Weds". The Scranton Republican. Pennsylvania, Scranton. Associated Press. July 23, 1931. p. 4. Retrieved August 8, 2017 – via  

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