HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! We just want to wish all you sexy Mothers a very special day! We hope you know how special and loved you are!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it was a perfect time to feature the beautiful and talented Janelle Johnson, Micky Dolenz‘s mother!
Janelle Johnson (December 2, 1923 – December 2, 1995) was an actress in films of the 1940s. She married actor George Dolenz (1908–63) and was the mother of Micky Dolenz of the 1960s pop group the Monkees. Her English daughter-in-law was Samantha Juste, co-host of BBC television’s Top of the Pops in its early days. Her granddaughter Ami Dolenz also became a film actress.
Johnson was born in Austin, Texas. She won the drama award at the University of Texas at Austin and performed on a local radio show called Janelle Sings. Her films included David O. Selznick’s Academy Award-winning Since You Went Away (1944), with Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker and Shirley Temple, and The Brute Man (1946), directed by Jean Yarbrough, with Rondo Hatton and Jane “Poni” Adams.
Johnson met her Trieste-born Slovene husband, George Dolenz, while performing in a stage play called Return Engagement, but largely gave up acting after their marriage. She and Dolenz had four children, Micky, the eldest, born in 1945, and three daughters. After Dolenz’s death in 1963, she married, in 1965, Robert Scott, a minister of religion who officiated at the wedding in 1968 of Micky Dolenz and Samantha Juste. Scott died in 1985.
Johnson died of cancer in Los Gatos, California on her 72nd birthday.
Obviously, we think Micky’s mother is the greatest woman on the planet because she gave birth to our boyfriend!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all!