June Fairchild, a one-time Manhattan Beach prom queen, a go-go dancer, an actress who appeared in more than a dozen films, and an addict and alcoholic who slept in a cardboard box in Los Angeles’ skid row is dead.
Fairchild, 68, died Tuesday at a convalescent house. The cause was liver cancer, her friend Dawna Sodders said.
She spent her last years living on Social Security disability payments in a small flat in downtown L.A.
“Don’t worry about me, dahling,” Fairchild used to say to friends, imitating Mae West, one of her idols. “I don’t know what all the fuss is about.”
Did June Fairchild Name the Band ‘Three Dog Night’?
For many years, she dated boyfriend Danny Hutton, a lead singer for the rock group Three Dog Night. She is reputed to have suggested the group’s name after reading that Australian aborigines gauged a night’s coldness by how many dogs they had to curl up with to remain warm.
June danced at L.A. nightclubs after her film career dissolved in a haze of booze and drug abuse. After several unsuccessful attempts at rehab, June wound up living on the streets, where she was robbed and raped.
She was “an angel in a snake pit,” June told a Times reporter who discovered her Hollywood past.
June Fairchild’s Arrest History
One day in Van Nuys, she was stopped by police for carrying an open container of booze. The officer who recognized her from her picture in the newspaper detained her when it turned out that she had failed to finish her community service from a previous drunk driving conviction. She received a 90-day sentence.
She told The Times the sentence had been what she needed to clean up act.
She was born June Edna Wilson on September 3, 1946, and grew up in Manhattan Beach. Her father was a musician who wrote gospel songs.
After graduating from Aviation High School, she landed a job as a part of the Gazzarri Dancers, who entertained on TV’s Hollywood A Go-Go. She also made an appearance on Playboy After Dark.
June’s One-time Family Life
June went through two failed marriages and her daughter from one of them never lived with her.
When reports of her problems surfaced in The Times and on Good Morning America, old friends as well as absolute strangers offered to help.
“I want to work,” she told The Times. “I’m going to be self-sufficient. I’m going to take care of my daughter. I want to get a little house and do it right. I’m not thinking small.”
Her friend Sodders, a personal assistant said that Fairchild stuck to her pledge of sobriety.
Fairchild had a number of ailments, including fibromyalgia, Sodders said.
In addition to her daughter Megan Mull, Fairchild is survived by her brother Jerry Wilson and a 2-month-old grandson.
June Fairchild dies at 68; former actress lived on skid row – LA Times
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