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Country music producer, filmmaker dies

July 19, 2006 at 9:43 PM

NASHVILLE, July 19 (UPI) -- June Carr Ormond, who produced country music and Christian films in the 1960s through the 1980s, has died in Nashville at 94.

June Carr was born in 1912 in Reading, Pa., and started as a vaudeville performer at age 12. When she married Ron Ormond in 1935, the couple began producing films together, including westerns starring Lash LaRue and Fuzzy St. John.

In 1965, they made "Forty Acre Feud," a film featuring country singers Loretta Lynn, George Jones and comedian Minnie Pearl. Other melodramatic and evangelistic films included "Girl from Tobacco Row," "The Monster and the Stripper," "The Burning Hell" and "39 Stripes."

June Ormond was often the script supervisor, makeup artist and distributor for the family Christian film business. She even played the witch of Endor in the "Grim Reaper" in 1976.

After her husband's death in 1981, she continued to make religious films with her son Tim, including "The Second Coming" and "The Sacred Symbol."

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