June Havoc

June Havoc, a show-business legend whose hard-knocks childhood as a stage performer was depicted in the classic musical Gyspy, died March 28, 2010, according to the Village Voice. She was 96. Driven by an ruthless stage mother, young Ellen Evangeline Hovick and her sister Louise—who would become legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee—were forced into Vaudeville at an early age. Ms. Havoc was billed as "Baby June," and later "Dainty June," and played the West Coast Pantages circuit, but she abandoned her mother's world when she eloped at 13 with fellow performer Bobby Reed. The two teenagers scraped by, by entering, and winning, dance marathons.

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  • Also known as: Ellen Evangeline Hovick, Ellen June Hovick
  • Born: Nov 8, 1912 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Death: Mar 28, 2010 in Stamford, CT


Drama Desk Award
1976 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Habeas Corpus Nominee
Tony Award
1964 Direction of a Play Marathon '33 Nominee