June De Young will never be labeled just another attractive young actress. Although the slender, blue-green eyed, ambitious woman started life as a New Jersey farm girl, she has left life on the farm far behind her and through diligent and intense work, now excels at her chosen craft. Along the way, she developed many other diverse talents that set her apart from others making their way in the industry. De Young is an excellent MC and TV host, an in-demand spokesperson, a gifted fashion and interior designer and an amazing entrepreneur.
She numbers among her many film credits, featured roles in “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”, “Heaven Help Us”’ and the “The Toxic Avenger”. June worked with a variety of directors, learning, improving and perfecting her character acting skills. Among them, such respected names as Michael Dinner, John Hughes and Walter Hill.
It was a career in modeling that opened doors to work in films, television and stage. Her background includes work in such theatrical productions as “Fiddler On the Roof”, “Uncle Vanya”, ‘King Lear”, “The Women” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. Her interest in acting began in high school, lasted through college and has never waned during her New York and Hollywood careers. She continues studying and growing as an actress and developing her dramatic and comedic gifts.
An acting job on weekly PBS series, “Enough is Enough”, led to a production assistant job at the network working with Howard Dando (Broadway Producer of the rock-opera “Tommy” and “Sgt. Pepper”). June quickly advanced to the position of staff writer, followed by becoming a co-producer of various PBS social issue projects. One segment she produced and wrote on fad diets received special attention and recognition for its content and viewpoint.
A master at juggling time and projects, De Young picked up her degree in Film, Radio and Television while working at a TV station. Other employment opportunities included learning about the music video field, distribution, sales and financing. De Young then rose to V.P. of Theater Tunes, Inc., a music video corporation. Later, in Los Angeles, she found herself working with Art Laboe in the music licensing business.
An innate style, sense and constant interest in the world of fashion led De Young to later form JDY Fashions; where she created outrageous, attractive and definitive looks for those in the entertainment industry. The small corporation grew and flourished. Her new wardrobe which made heads turn wherever she went, evolved into a line that was carried by stores in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey and even St. Thomas! These one-of-a-kind outfits of suede and leather were snapped up by the young, the hip, the smart, and the fashion-wise. Among the celebrities seen in De Young’s creations were MTV’s VJ Nina Blackwood, Hefner’s Carrie Leigh, Saturday Nite Live’s Laraine Newman, Soupy Sales, Kenny Loggins, rocker Billy Idol and bands such as Atlantic Records’ “Savatage”. To top it off, on ABC-TV Regis Philbin highlighted June as one of the ‘new up and coming designers of 1985’.
Working with Playboy’s “The Empire Club” in NYC from 1985 to 1986; De Young was hired to create looks for both male and female Playboy Bunnies. This was to be the last Playboy Club decorated in history and the first of it’s kind. Out of the thirty designs she conceived; the ‘Statue of Liberty Bunny’ became June’s own claim to fame. A dream and prediction of hers since first grade, her historical costume provided her with unending international media attention and she wore it well....tail and all.
Hand-made one-of-a-kind JDY designs even graced the covers of Playboy! This inspired June to go on to produce fashion videos featuring her new suede and leather lines at places like New York’s famous landmark Studio 54, the Cat Club, L.A.’s Acropolis and Nippers nite spot. Her own fashion line received European and American press coverage as she appeared on numerous TV shows promoting her designs.
Her on-camera skills eventually led to the development of her career as an on-location spokesperson. She toured Japan as a representative for the National Olympic Volleyball Team with Karch Kiraly, has co-hosted fund drives for United Cerebral Palsy and PBS, has been seen on CNN, ABC, Lifetime Network, and the BBC.
Combining her spokesperson and television producer talents, De Young also wrapped up a series of segments on a yearly basis for CBS News promoting the Daytime Emmy Awards. She interviewed cast members of “The Young and the Restless” soap opera...speaking with J. Eddie Peck, Scott Reeves, Heather Tom, Lauralee Bell, Jess Walton, Doug Davidson and Victoria Rowell. June and her camera crew also went behind the scenes and into the control room to get the scoop from Y&R’s Executive Producer Edward Scott.
In 1993, KODAK representatives along with celebrity photographer Gene Trindl approached June to appear on KODAK’s first photo CD-ROM. This western modeling shoot sparked her interest in the computer age. Early in 1994, a hands-on opportunity arose and she produced and directed a series of seven CD-ROM’s for international distribution.These interactive discs were created with a ‘Sports Illustrated’ style, featuring beautiful men and women, combining still photographs, music and “real-time” video.
Next on to a guest spot on “AM Los Angeles” where De Young subsequently became a New Age Correspondent and to her co-producing a piece on near-death experiencer Dannion Brinkley for UPN’s Paranormal Borderline.
Exploration into the unknown was always one of De Young’s fascinations and one which took her from the New Age to the Space Age. As a matter of fact, she got a few pointers from a TV Host she looked up to from childhood...Lou Steele of BXW “Creature Features” fame. He made the prediction that June would take after him hosting SCI-FI TV! It became quite a natural progression and “Lifestyles of the SCI-FI,” was born where June interviewed SCI-FI celebrities Forrest J. Ackerman, Richard Matheson, Eric Allard, Tracy and Jennifer Torme’ in their own homes.
TV talk shows led her to TV news and to working on UFO television programming. Approached to take on two talk shows, positioned as host, June studied UFOlogy and interviewed researchers such as John Lear, Norio Hayakawa and Darryl Anka. June also discussed the making of the movie “Roswell” with Executive Producer and Co-Writer Paul Davids along with Hollywood award winning animatronic effects artist Steve Johnson. De Young was investigating the validity of newly released alien autopsy photos and it’s meaning to our society. Absorbed in this work, De Young penned articles as writer for The International UFO Library Magazine from interviews with artist Luis Gasparetto, actor Richard Hatch of “Battlestar Galactica” fame, and Tracy Torme’; co-producer and writer of “Fire in the Sky” and the hit television series “Sliders”. Due to her work as a UFO Reporter, she acquired the name “Miss UFO,” from her colleagues in the field. With over fifteen years of experience in the UFO realm she has a rapport with the utmost in scientific researchers. As a matter of fact, De Young was eye-witness to a UFO on September 10th, 1998 in California, placing her on “The Art Bell Show” with notables Whitley Streiber, General A and Dr. Roger Leir uncovering the results of valuable unprecedented material she led them to at the UFO site.
June is also a grief counselor who helps people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. She has been trained in grief counseling and hospice to assist those who are in hospitals dealing with death and dying. Clientele fly in from around the world, just to spend a few hours with her.
Presently, has lectured and counseled around the country; while completing a book based on her life for the year 2009. She will now see her life story made as a feature film and is in pre-production on several of her projects for television.