(Courtesy of Belinda Kirkhuff)
Above, an autographed photo from Mary Lee given to supporting actor Jack 'Pappy' Kirk.
(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)
Full name: Mary Lee Wooters
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Mary Lee: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0497847/
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Mary Lee Banan and her husband Harry Banan at Sierra Hills Memorial Park, Sacramento, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsp=46532637&GRid=52502591
Mary Lee was one of many Hollywood kids that attended the Mar-Ken School in Sherman Oaks, California. Other child and teen stars included Jane Withers, Lon McCallister, Jimmy Lydon and Jackie Moran. Mary graduated in 1942 (along with Gloria DeHaven). You'll find a couple of yearbook photos of her at Alan Simon's Mar-Ken website: http://www.mar-ken.org/biossz/wootersm.html
Mary Lee was the 1941 secretary of the Mar-Ken Student Body Council and this webpage includes a photo: http://www.mar-ken.org/classyears/1941/council1.html
There's a great CD out containing the actual song tracks from many of the Gene Autry films in which Mary Lee appeared. More on the CD at the official Gene Autry website: http://www.autry.com/musicmovies/musiccds/withhislittledarling.html
YouTube has Mary Lee singing "There'll Be Some Changes Made" from an October 4, 1939 Decca recording with the Ted Weems Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bsWSlluPjE
(Courtesy of Belinda Kirkhuff)
Full name: Mary June Storey
June Storey was born in Toronto, Canada, but her family moved to Connecticut and then to California when she was a youngster. She was signed to a contract at Fox in the mid 1930s, but no major screen work resulted. Storey got a release from Fox and wound up as the leading lady in ten of Gene Autry's 1939-1940 films, including SOUTH OF THE BORDER (Republic, 1939), COLORADO SUNSET (Republic, 1939), and BLUE MONTANA SKIES (Republic, 1939).
Her term player contract(s) at Republic ran from April, 1939 through October, 1940. The October 2, 1940 issue of Variety reported that Republic Pictures had signed Smiley Burnette for another one year contract and that "... June Storey, aiming to get away from sagebrush pictures, terminated her Republic pact by mutual agreement."
After her stay at Republic, Storey did occasional film roles during the 1940s and that included another western heroine role in SONG OF THE PRAIRIE (Columbia, 1945) which starred Ken Curtis (who later became "Festus" on TV's GUNSMOKE).
She was married twice, the first to an Oregon rancher and later to Lincoln Clark, and they settled in Vista, California. During those later years, she had a son and daughter ... June became a U.S. citizen ... there was a vehicle accident in 1950 in which she was seriously injured, almost killed ... she went to college and became a nurse.
June Storey passed away on December 18, 1991 from cancer.
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on June Storey: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0832475/
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for June Storey who is interred at Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6691292
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above, Gene strums his guitar and serenades pretty June Storey, while the original Champion looks on.
(Courtesy of Bobby Copeland)
Above, June Storey (center) with Bobby and Joan Copeland at the 1989 Knoxville Festival.