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Published: 3/28/2015
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June Havoc built her career as a child star, singing and dancing on vaudeville as Baby June, backed by one of history's most famous overbearing stage mothers. Rose Hovick, who would become immortalized on Broadway in Gypsy, was mother to Havoc and her sister, famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. Havoc escaped her unhappy childhood but remained in show business and developed a successful adult career, with notable movies including Gentleman's Agreement. Later in life, she took roles in television shows such as Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. We remember Havoc's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2013: Robert Zildjian, U.S. businessman who founded Sabian Cymbals, the second-largest manufacturer of cymbals in the world, dies at 89.

2013: Gus Triandos, U.S. Major League Baseball catcher who was a four time All-Star, dies at 82.

2013: Hugh McCracken, U.S. session guitarist who appeared on albums by artists including Steely Dan, John Lennon, Paul Simon and the Monkees, dies at 70.

2013: Richard Griffiths, English actor who was well-known for his role as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, dies at 65.

Richard Griffiths was a Tony Award-winning actor with dozens of credits onstage, on the big screen and TV dating back to the 1970s, but his greatest fame came in the last dozen years of his life. That was when he landed a coveted role in the Harry Potter movie series. Read more

 

 

 

2012: Earl Scruggs, U.S. musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music, who performed the title song for The Beverly Hillbillies, dies at 88.

Earl Scruggs (Associated Press)Scruggs was an innovator who pioneered the modern banjo sound. His use of three fingers rather than the clawhammer style elevated the banjo from a part of the rhythm section — or a comedian's prop — to a lead instrument. His string-bending and lead runs became known worldwide as "the Scruggs picking style," and the versatility it allowed has helped popularize the banjo in almost every genre of music. Read more

 

 

2010: June Havoc, U.S. actress who appeared in Brewster's Millions and Gentleman's Agreement, dies at 97.

Havoc was one of the first child movie stars, and she was one of the youngest. She also had one of the most difficult stage parents of all time – her seriously overbearing mother, Rose Hovick, who pushed June and her sister into vaudeville and movies when they were just toddlers as a way to support their family. That the sisters would rebel against their mother was, perhaps, predictable. June's sister grew up to be Gypsy Rose Lee, one of the most famous strippers of the burlesque stage. And June was just 15 when she eloped with a fellow performer, trying to escape her mother's influence. Read more

 

2010: Herb Ellis, U.S. jazz guitarist who was known for playing in the Oscar Peterson Trio, dies at 88.

2009: Maurice Jarre, French composer who won three Oscars for best original score, including the score for Doctor Zhivago, dies at 84.

2006: Caspar Weinberger, U.S. politician who was the U.S. secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, dies at 88.

2004: Peter Ustinov, English actor who won two Academy Awards for his roles in Spartacus and Topkapi, dies at 82.

1995: Hugh O'Connor, U.S. actor who was a regular on the TV series In the Heat of the Night and was the son of actor Carroll O'Connor, dies at 32.

1987: Maria von Trapp, Austrian stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, whose story served as the inspiration for The Sound of Music, dies at 82.

Maria von Trapp (Wikimedia Commons)The smash musical The Sound of Music was based on the life of the von Trapps as told by Maria in her book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, and it does get some of the facts right. Others, meanwhile, are embellished or just plain made-up. The Sound of Music is a great story, but what’s the real story? Read more

 

 

1987: Patrick Troughton, English actor who starred as the Doctor in the British TV series Doctor Who from 1966 until 1969, dies at 67.

Troughton was the first to portray "the next Doctor," and he worked hard to find a portrayal that wasn't simple a redux of William Hartnell's. He settled on a suggestion from the show's creator, Sydney Newman, to play the Doctor as a "cosmic hobo." Like Hartnell, Troughton remained in the role for three years, during which time he gained a reputation as a practical joker well-liked by his costars. Read more

 

1986: Virginia Gilmore, U.S. actress who had success in the 1940s and was married to actor Yul Brynner, dies at 66.

1985: Marc Chagall, Russian artist who was considered a pioneer of modern art and one of its greatest figurative painters, dies at 97.

1980: Dick Haymes, Argentine actor and singer who was one of the most popular vocalists in the 1940s and '50s, dies at 61.

1976: Richard Arlen, U.S. actor who had a long Hollywood career and starred in the Academy Award-winning movie Wings, dies at 76.

1974: Dorothy Fields, U.S. songwriter who wrote more than 400 songs for movies and Broadway musicals, including co-writing "The Way You Look Tonight" with Jerome Kern, dies at 68.

1974: Arthur Crudup, U.S. delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist known for writing "That's All Right," which Elvis Presley covered as his first single, dies at 68.

1969: Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. politician who was the 34th president of the United States and the supreme commander of Allied Forces during World War II, dies at 78.

1965: Jack Hoxie, U.S. actor who was most prominent during the silent-film era and was mostly featured in Westerns, dies at 80.

1958: W.C. Handy, U.S. musician who is considered the Father of the Blues, dies at 84.

1953: Jim Thorpe, U.S. athlete who is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, who won two Olympic gold medals and played professional football and baseball, dies at 64.

1941: Virginia Woolf, English novelist who was well-known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, dies at 59.

1584: Ivan the Terrible, Russian czar from 1547 until his death, dies at 53.

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