Filled Under: June Duprez
June Duprez was born during an air raid in the final months of World War I on May 14, 1918 in Teddington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. The daughter of American vaudeville performer Fred Duprez, June began her acting career in her teen years with a theatre company. She made her first film, “The Crimson Circle”, in 1936. Her next film, “The Cardinal” (1936), was also a success, and she had a small role in “The Spy in Black” (1938). But it was her fourth film, “The Four Feathers” (1939), that made her a star. Her peak of success came with the landmark fantasy film “The Thief of Bagdad” (1940) with Conrad Veidt and Sabu. With her new found success and stardom Duprez moved to Hollywood. Her agent set her asking price at $50,000 per movie, but as Duprez had not yet achieved the level of popularity in America that she had in Britain, this tactic only served to place her out of contention for most roles. Duprez appeared in “Little Tokyo, U.S.A.” (1942), “Tiger Fangs” (1943), “None But the Lonely Heart” (1944) and “The Brighton Strangler” (1945) before performing well as part of a top ensemble cast in René Clair’s film version of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (1945). With her career going no where Duprez retired from films in 1948. She only appeared twice more, on television in “Robert Montgomery Presents” (1951) and her last credited performance was in the feature film “One Plus One” (1961).
June Duprez was married twice. The first marriage was at a young age to a doctor, but as her career blossomed in England the marriage unraveled and they divorced in 1942. Duprez married a second time in 1948 to George M. Moffett, Jr. a wealthy sportsman. The union produced two daughters but ended in divorce in 1965. Duprez lived in Rome, Italy, for several years, then returned to London to live out the remainder of her life.
June Duprez died after a long illness on October 30, 1984 in London, England at age 66.