June Carroll, Performer and Lyricist for New Faces and Other Shows, Dead at 86

By Kenneth Jones
21 May 2004

June Carroll in the New Faces of 1952 Portrait
June Carroll in the New Faces of 1952 Portrait

June Carroll, a lyricist whose songs were performed in the New Faces revues on Broadway between the 1930s and 1960s, died at the age of 86, according to the Los Angeles Times.

She died May 16 of complications from Parkinson's disease in a nursing home in Culver City, CA, said her daughter, Sydney Swire.

Among songs the lyricist, writer and performer co-wrote were "Love Is a Simple Thing" and "Penny Candy" (which she also sang in New Faces of 1962). The song, "Monotonous" became a hit for Eartha Kitt.

In addition to her contributions to the "new faces" revues created by brother Leonard Sillman, she penned the book to the 1934 musical, Fools Rush In, book and lyrics to the 1946 musical If the Shoe Fits, lyrics for 1940's All in Fun and sang and wrote lyrics for the 1938 show, Who's Who.

According to the L.A. Times she wrote songs for the 1945 musical western "The Man From Oklahoma," starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She wrote the screenplay and co wrote the music for the 1945 picture, "An Angel Comes to Brooklyn," in which she also appeared.



Ms. Carroll's collaborators included Arthur Siegel, Kurt Weill, Baldwin Bergeson and Sanford Green. Her songs include "White Witch," "Boy Most Likely," "Tell Her," "A Doll's House" and "Don't Wait."

Ms. Carroll was born June Sillman in Detroit in 1917, and made her singing debut there at age five. Ms. Carroll's second husband, writer Sidney Carroll, died in 1988.

In addition to her daughter, Ms. Carroll is survived by her sons, Steve Reich, David Carroll and Jonathan Carroll; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.