Deaths elsewhere

March 31, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers


Actress whose family's story is told in 'Gypsy'

June Havoc, an actress and former child vaudeville star whose early life with her sister - legendary burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee - and their ambitious stage mother was portrayed in the hit Broadway musical "Gypsy," died Sunday. "Gypsy," the "musical fable" based on Lee's memoir, opened on Broadway in 1959. Although Ms. Havoc acknowledged the greatness of "Gypsy" as a musical, she always complained that it painted a misleading picture of her mother and distorted her own story.

When she was 2, she went on stage, where she was billed as the "Tiniest Toe Dancer in the World." She was soon appearing in silent films. By 7, she was a vaudeville star. As her fame dimmed, her sister's fame grew. In 1940, however, Ms. Havoc gained notice in the musical "Pal Joey."

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