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How Did June Preston Die?

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June Preston was an actress and singer.

Preston began her film career at RKO Pictures as a child actress with a minor role as Mrs. Blewett’s daughter in the 1934 film Anne of Green Gables.

Preston then signed a contract with the studio and appeared in short films.

Preston also appeared in the 1934 MGM film Have a Heart and by 1936, Preston was promoted as an RKO “featured child player” and clothing model.

Preston also had a small role in the film Our Gang Follies of 1938.

As an adult, Preston performed as a soprano singer in the US, and in recitals in Latin America and Europe.

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Preston studied music at Seattle University where she appeared in the university’s 1947 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore and was the soprano soloist in the university’s performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in 1949.

Preston also performed in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Central and South America.

A soprano with a five-octave range, Preston was nicknamed the “Golden Voice,” and entertainment columnist Walter Winchell was an admirer.

Preston died in Montclair, New Jersey, on May 11, 2022, aged 93, from complications of dementia.

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