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June Hern (19*-). South African actress, Spanish dance teacher, singer.


June met Jack Kruger as a young girl. They were married in 1959 and left six months later on a visit to Europe.


She studied dancing and singing in Johannesburg and at the age of 17 she went for further dancing lessons in London and also had a season in pantomime. On the visit to Europe after her wedding she went to the dancing studios of Spanish dancer Luisillo (1927-2007) [1] and had lessons from his leading lady, Maria Rosario.


She began her theatrical career at the age of three, broadcasting for the SABC.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

June starred in imported musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun (1949), and Brigadoon (1950).

She starred in Taubie Kushlick’s 1956 Christmans show, Listen to the Wind, at the Library Theatre; The Boy Friend in May 1957; she played the part of Cecily in Half in Earnest in April 1959; James Ambrose Brown's The Three Wishes (1965); in the revue What Was, Was! by Gertie Awerbuch and Miriam Lopert in 1965; the JODS production of South Pacific in 1969; Hello Dolly! in 1980.

Other productions include The Most Happy Fella, The Circus Adventure and The Mikado.

Awards, etc


Tucker, 1997.

The Rand Daily Mail, 5 June 1963.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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