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Actress June Havoc dies

Emma Brown

June Havoc, who started her career in show biz at age 2, performing as "Baby June" on vaudeville stages before going on to a successful career in film and stage acting, died March 28. She was in her mid-90s.


Ms. Havoc, perhaps best known as the younger sister of the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, was immortalized in a Broadway musical --"Gypsy: A Musical Fable, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim" -- based on her sister's 1957 memoir.

Never happy with the way she was portrayed in that show, Ms. Havoc wrote a play ("Marathon '33") based on her own memoirs ("Early Havoc" and "More Havoc"). That play earned her a Tony award nomination for best director in the 1960s.

She starred in the Broadway production of Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey." After moving to Hollywood in the 1940s, she appeared in more than 20 films, usually in supporting roles.

Here she is as Leslie Quayle singing "The Man in the Big Sombrero" in the 1943 film "Hi Diddle Diddle."

Full obituary to follow.

By Emma Brown  |  March 29, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
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RIP June Havoc. You were terrific in "Gentlemen's Agreement".

Posted by: jezebel3 | March 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

RIP and thank you for your entertainment!

Posted by: newagent99 | March 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

it's amazing her voice is so good with no "filtering"

Posted by: newagent99 | March 29, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame. She was such a fine actress and entertainer, I'm sorry you saw fit to have the headline on your webpage identify her only as "Gypsy Rose Lee's sister". She was so much more than that!

Posted by: jpantsios | March 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't she also the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel? Role of a lifetime, if you ask me.

Posted by: cjbmo | March 30, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Rocky the Flying Squirrel was voiced by a "June", however, it was the talented June Foray.
June Foray did many other voices you're familar with as well but possibly have not been aware that it was she performing them.

Posted by: au1652SteveCook | March 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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