Sad news today that actress June Allyson has died at 88. To those of her generation, she is perhaps best remembered for her role in Little Women opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh. But for those of my generation, she will be forever known as the lady who made it okay - virtuous even - to wear adult diapers. And for that, we owe this lady a debt.
We'll always have the diapers.
As the longtime spokeswoman for Depends undergarments, Allyson was truly a trailblazer. Her comforting manner said "hey, we all wee ourselves sometimes! But that doesn't mean we stop living!" She even teamed up with the American Urogynecologic Society to form the June Allyson Foundation, dedicated to researching "pelvic floor disorders," as they put it. Because it wasn't about the endorsement check for June Allyson. No, sir. It was about people! Loose-bowelled people.
So June, as you pass along to a better place, a place where incontinence is presumably not a major issue, I salute you. Good lookin out, baby. Rest in peace.
- Washington Post Allyson obit
- The June Allyson Foundation - together, we WILL find a cure for wee-wee problems