June Havoc, the actress and child star who enjoyed a successful stage and film career despite occasionally being overshadowed by her sister—stripper Gypsy Rose Lee—has left us at the age of 97, due to natural causes. Both Havoc sisters’ lives were dramatized in the hit musical Gypsy, which opened on Broadway in 1959…and became a feature film three years later.
Among Havoc’s best known turns on the silver screen: Four Jacks and a Jill (1942), My Sister Eileen (1942), Hello Frisco, Hello (1943), Brewster’s Millions (1945), and Red, Hot and Blue (1949). My personal favorite is Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), the Oscar-winning Best Picture based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson. Havoc also headlined a short-lived, self-titled television variety show in 1964 and appeared as a guest star in countless series, notably Willy, Robert Montgomery Presents, The Untouchables, Burke’s Law, The Outer Limits, and Murder, She Wrote.
R.I.P, Ms. Havoc. You will be missed.