June Havoc

June Havoc

Original Name Ellen Evangeline Hovick
Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Death 28 Mar 2010 (aged 95)
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in the garden of her Connecticut home.
Memorial ID 50409432 · View Source
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Actress. A survivor of a difficult childhood, she is remembered as a longtime star of stage and cinema. Born Ellen Evangeline Hovick, she was pushed, along with her older sister Louise, later known as Gypsy Rose Lee, onto the vaudeville stage at the age of two by her ambitious mother Rose. Billed as "Baby June", she and Louise were tasked with providing for the family resulting in her receiving no formal education and, indeed learning to read from stagehands. By her teens June was living in poverty on the New York streets while trying to support herself on the then-popular dance marathon circuit. She was first married at around 15 to fellow dancer Bobby Reed though the marriage quickly failed, as did her second, while she had a baby, her only child, after a fling with an older man, but she still managed to land an audition that led to her 1936 Broadway debut in "Forbidden Melody", with her major break coming as Gladys Bumps in Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey" (1940). Over the years she was to amass numerous credits on The Great White Way including 1944's "Sadie Thompson", in which she replaced Ethel Merman, "That Ryan Girl" (1945), the 1966 "Dinner at Eight", 1963's "Marathon 33" which she wrote and which garnered her a Tony nomination, and "Habeas Corpus", a 1975 comedy for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination; her final Broadway turn came in the 1982 original production of "Annie" in the role of Miss Hannigan. After appearing un-credited in some silent films, she made her "official" silver screen debut in "Four Jacks and a Jill" (1942), opposite Desi Arnaz. Probably her best known movie role was Gregory Peck's secretary in the 1947 "Gentleman's Agreement", though she did attract notice in the dramas "Intrigue" (1947) and the 1952 "Lady Possessed". Her last screen appearance was in 1987's "A Return to Salem's Lot"; June was to be seen a number of times on the small screen, even becoming part of the casts of "Search for Tomorrow" and "General Hospital". Her family relationships were turbulent and she was offended by her portrayal in the 1959 musical "Gypsy", though she chose not to contest the work in court. She earned her final credits on 1990 episode of "General Hospital, published two autobiographies entitled "Early Havoc" and "More Havoc", and in her later years ran a Connecticut real estate venture. In 2003 the off-Broadway "June Havoc Theater" was named in her honor. Of her family she said: "My sister was beautiful and clever - and ruthless. My mother was endearing and adorable - and lethal. They were the same person". June's true birth year is a matter of some conjecture as her mother carried five birth certificates to accommodate the various state's child labor laws. She died of the effects of advanced age with a number of her performances preserved on DVD.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 29 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 50409432
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for June Havoc (8 Nov 1914–28 Mar 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 50409432, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in the garden of her Connecticut home..