June Carr Ormond, who produced country music and religious exploitation films in Nashville in the 1960s and ’70s, died in Nashville July 14 from complications of a stroke. She was 94.
With her husband Ron, she produced “Forty Acre Feud” (1965), “Girl From Tobacco Row” (1966), “The Monster and the Stripper” (1968), “The Burning Hell” (1974) and “39 Stripes” (1979).
Country music artists featured in “Forty Acre Feud” include Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl and George Jones,.
Ormond was born in Reading, Pa., and began performing at the age 12 as vaudeville comedian. After their 1935 marriage, the couple produced films including a string of serial westerns starring Lash LaRue and Fuzzy St. John.
After a 1967 plane crash, the Ormonds turned to making Christian films, where June Ormond served as script supervisor, make-up artist, marketing director, distributor and actress, including a role as the witch of Endor in “Grim Reaper” (1976).
After Ron Ormond’s death in 1981, she and her son continued to produce Christian films, including “The Second Coming” and “The Sacred Symbol.”
Among other Ormond films are “Mesa of Lost Women” (1953), “Please Don’t Touch Me” (aka “Teenage Bride”) (1963) and “White Lightnin’ Road” (1965).
She is survived by her son Tim.