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June Havoc

She began as Baby June, the child star of an act her mother put together.  Supporting June were a chorus of boys and her older sister, Rose Louise, who later starred as Gypsy Rose Lee.  As Dainty June, Havoc became a headliner in vaudeville until she outgrew her dainty billing and vaudeville shrank.

June Havoc has appeared in 44 films, authored two autobiographies (Early Havoc and More Havoc), written the play Marathon ’33, and worked with many of the theatre’s greats such as Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Bobby Clark, Tyrone Guthrie, Stephen Sondheim and Alan Bennett.  June has starred in 22 Broadway shows and plays such as Pal Joey, Mexican Hayride, Dinner at Eight, Sadie Thompson and Affairs of State, and traveled with many productions across the USA and on State Department tours abroad.

In her acting work she has ranged from classics (Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Sheridan) to giants of Broadway (Tennessee Williams, Rodgers & Hart, Edward Albee, Hal Prince) to the experimental (Jean Cocteau, Thornton Wilder).  Havoc was one of the narrators of the 1997 PBS documentary, Vaudeville, and she still performs her one-woman show, An Unexpected Evening.