“I wanted to act, but all Hollywood wanted me to do was show my legs and chew gum.” – June Havoc
Here is another anecdote written by Erskine Johnson:
June Havoc was quite a problem to the publicity boys when she first landed in Hollywood. The R.K.O. publicity department called her into a staff meeting and told her to give out with her life story.
June told them the story. How she toured in vaudeville with mother and sister, Gypsy [Rose Lee], when she was three years old. About her first marriage at 13. How she ran away from her mother and became a professional dance marathon contestant. How she starved during the depression.
The boys listened, wide-eyed. But the next day a member of the publicity department took June aside and said:
“June – about that life story of yours. We’re forgetting about it and writing you a new one. A nice, pleasant one.”
June Havoc raise havoc. “You can’t change my life,” she screamed. “I’ve lived it and I love it.”
Source: Erskine Johnson’s syndicated newspaper column, “In Hollywood,” June 16, 1947.
“My years in show business have taught me not to worry about anything. I’ve been from the top to the bottom, form a $1200 a week vaudeville act to the point where I was so hungry I entered marathon contests. And won them, too. You just get out and do your level best and if you’re any good you’ll get somewhere, eventually.” — June Havoc