Janette Lane Bradbury (born June 17, 1938) is an American actress and writer.

Lane Bradbury
Born (1938-06-17) June 17, 1938 (age 81)
Buckhead, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1958-present
Lou Antonio
(m. 1965; div. 1980)


She was born in Buckhead, a district of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied ballet as a young girl. In the 1950s she moved to New York City and was admitted to the Actors Studio.[1]


Bradbury made her Broadway debut in J.B., performing alongside Raymond Massey and Christopher Plummer.[1] She also starred in Tennessee Williams' play Night of the Iguana with veteran actress Bette Davis.[1] Bradbury was the first actress to play Dainty June[1][2] in the original Broadway production of Gypsy.[3][4][5][6]

In the late 60s, Bradbury relocated (with husband Lou Antonio) to Los Angeles, where she began a long career in television. In 1965, Bradbury and Antonio co-starred in an episode of Gunsmoke, titled “Outlaw’s Woman.” Her credits during this time include Season 3, Episode 1 of The Fugitive entitled Wings of an Angel (regarded by fans as one of the series' top ten episodes)[7] playing Janet Kegler, a woman taken hostage.[8] She was most active in the 1970s, making guest appearances on such shows as The Rockford Files, The Mod Squad, Medical Center, Mannix, The Partridge Family and Kung Fu.[8][9][10] She was notably popular in repeat-appearances as Merry Florene on Gunsmoke.[11][12]

Her film credits include The Ultimate Warrior[13] and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.[14] She also appeared in the popular television films Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring[15] and To Dance with the White Dog.[16][9]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1965, Bradbury married actor Antonio[17] and they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1980. Their daughter Elkin Antoniou is a writer, director and award-winning documentarian.[18]

Bradbury is the founder and artistic director of the Valkyrie Theater of Dance, Drama, and Film, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce at-risk teens to the theatrical arts.[1][19]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lane Bradbury, a Life of Meaning and Purpose". John O'Dowd.
  2. ^ Kay Green, Stanley Green (November 1996). "Broadway Musicals : Show by Show". Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0793530830.
  3. ^ "Lane Bradbury, the Original 'Dainty June' in Gypsy, Makes Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Debut with Let Me Entertain You, Again—June 7th & June 29th". Nite Life Exchange: Where Broadway and Cabaret Meet. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ Purcell, Carey. "Gypsy's Original Dainty June, Lane Bradbury, Will Present Let Me Entertain You, Again! at June Havoc Theatre". PLAYBILL. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Lane Bradbury, Original 'Dainty June' in GYPSY, Continues Run of Debut Cabaret Show LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN at Don't Tell Mama". Broadway World. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ Filichia, Peter. "HI, EVERYBODY! HER NAME IS JUNE – AND LANE BRADBURY". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Ranking of Fugitive Episodes". The Fugitive starring David Janssen : A tribute to the 1963-1967 TV series. The Fugitive Views and Reviews. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Lane Bradbury". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "LANE BRADBURY on IMDB".
  10. ^ "1970-1982 TV show guest appearances for Lane Bradbury". Ultimate70s.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  11. ^ Harris, Will. "2010 Williamsburg Film Festival". Classic Images. Classic Images. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Gunsmoke cast members to reunite in Dodge City". CBS News. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  13. ^ "The Ultimate Warrior (1975) Directed by Robert Clouse". LETTERBOXD. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  14. ^ Ellen Burstyn (October 2, 2007). "Lessons in Becoming Myself". Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1594482687.
  15. ^ Bowman, Lisa Marie. "Embracing the Melodrama : Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring (dir by Joseph Sargent)". Through the Shattered Lens. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  16. ^ "To Dance with the White Dog (1993)". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  17. ^ "A Dog's Life for Lou", The Robesonian, May 1, 1977, p. 13.
    "Married since 1965 to actress Lane Bradbury, Lou is the father to two daughters."
  18. ^ "Elkin Antoniou : Best Documentary (Humanitarian)". thewifts.org. The Women's International Film & Television Showcase. 2013.
  19. ^ "Valkyrie Theater of Dance, Drama, and Film".

External linksEdit