In the 1950s and beyond, June Blair was an adored starlet. She made history when she became one of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Playmates in 1957, as well as by portraying June Nelson on the hit show “The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet”. Sadly, after reaching her 89th birthday – a grand accomplishment for anyone – June passed away at the end of 2022; Tracey Nelson (her beloved niece) announced this news to family members through Facebook.
In an emotionally charged post to her admirers on Facebook, Tracey Nelson shared: “Sweet, gorgeous Aunt June Blair Nelson has passed away. God bless James and Dan. I love you.” The cause of June’s passing was not disclosed, yet she had lived a long life until the age of 89.
In 1933, June was born into a joyful family in San Francisco, California. She grew up healthily and then began her career as a model before making appearances in various movies from the 1950s to 60s. Her most notable achievement came when she gained recognition for being chosen as Playboy Playmate of the Month for January 1957 and also made waves with her movie “Hell Bound” that same year.
At the youthful age of 27, June exchanged vows with renowned actor David Nelson. Subsequently, she depicted his wife in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” where her character was referred to as Mrs. David Nelson – or just simply known as June Nelson.
June and David Nelson welcomed two children – Daniel and Jamie – into the world during their marriage. Despite fifteen years of matrimony, the couple’s relationship ended in an acrimonious divorce in 1975 that led to a long separation until David passed away in 2011.
Numerous June Blair followers paid tribute to the late Playboy Playmate and actor on social media, leaving profound messages such as:
“June Blair has sadly passed away at the age of 89. She was best known for her role on the television show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. She was also the January 1957 Playmate of the Month for Playboy.”
“RIP Hollywood film & TV actress June Blair (1933-2022). Most remembered as June Nelson – real-life wife of actor David Nelson- in the TV sitcom Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet from 1960-66; featured in my cartoon tribute,” one fan said.
June Blair will forever be remembered for her remarkable contributions to Hollywood and Playboy magazine. Her mark on television and modeling has established a legacy that continues to inspire generations of stars. Though her life ended abruptly, she remains in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. May June Blair rest peacefully until eternity comes to an end.
Can you recall the heyday of June Blair’s popularity during the 1950s, 1960s and beyond?