Actress June Havoc dies
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.
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