It is with deep regret and sorrow that I pass on the news of June's passing. Those who peruse this website think of her as a great dancer from a distant television show, but to those who knew her she was much, much more. June was an eternal optimist with a positive spin on whatever life threw her way. She was a down to earth human being with no airs about herself and had a terrific sense of humor and a huge zest for life. Her creative mind just never slowed down; she was always working on several projects in her mind simultaneously. By her own admission she had a good life in spite of its ups and downs. She was instrumental in getting this website off the ground and was the first Gazzarri Dancer I contacted. She became one of my best friends and I, as well as many, will miss her terribly. She is at peace now, but no doubt still active. Rest in Peace dear June.
Jim Freyler February 18, 2015
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BIRTHDAY: September 3 GREW UP IN: Manhattan Beach, CA. APPEARANCES:May 65 - February 66
JUNE FAIRCHILD is a stunning beauty who is featured in many of the HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO videos on YouTube. At 5' 6" with blue eyes and brown hair she is still turning heads after more than four decades since her GAZZARRI DANCERdays. She was born as JUNE E. WILSONand attended Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, California where she was prom queen and graduated in 1964.
She was discovered by HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO producer AL BURTON while dancing at Gazzarri's nightclub in 1965. AL found his GAZZARRI DANCERS by frequenting the L.A. clubs and picking the prettiest and best dancers for a chance to be a dancer on the show. Needless to say, JUNEwas hired immediately and stayed with the show until the last episode. Recognisable as the girl with the bangs and the great dance moves JUNEis a favorite on this website. During her time on the show she and MIMIMACHU invented a new dance which they named the "statue dance". You can see it performed on the DUANE EDDY "Rebel Rouser" and JACKIE &GAYLE "That's How It Goes" videos on YouTube. LIFE MAGAZINE did a piece on the go-go dancer craze of the mid-60's and JUNE is featured in a solo shot doing a wild watusi on the show. You can find this photo in the May 21, 1965 issue of LIFE.
After HOLLYWOOD A GO -GO wrapped up production in early 1966 JUNE and fellow dancerGWENSELVAGE moved on to PLAYBOY AFTER DARK. This proved to be an entry into bigger and better rolesas JUNE went on to appear in more than a dozen movies between 1967 and 1978. This is where JUNEWILSON became JUNE FAIRCHILD. When applying for her Screen Actors Guild card she found that there was already a June Wilson so another name, Fairchild, was suggested by DANNY HUTTON of THREE DOGNIGHT who was her boyfriend at the time. JUNEthen returned the favor. DANNY, along with CORYWELLS and CHUCK NEGRON, were the three lead vocalists who were looking to put a band together in late1967. While looking for a name for their band, JUNE volunteered that she had read a magazine article on how Australian aborigines sleep with their dingo dogs for warmth. The coldest night in the Australian outback, the article said, was called a "three dog night". Thus the band was named.
The roles that JUNE is most remembered for are as Sonny Swangle in 1971's PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN AROW, opposite ROCK HUDSON, and as the "Ajax Lady" in the 1978 classic UP IN SMOKE. JUNE told me that sheput this hilarious scene together in 15 minutes and basically ad-libbed it. She has also appeared opposite CLINT EASTWOOD and BEAU BRIDGES, amongst others. She has starred in movies directed by such notables as ROGER VADIM and JACKNICHOLSON.
Besides HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO and PLAYBOY AFTER DARKJUNE has also appeared on several other television shows. She appeared on "The Chaperone" episode of THE MONKEES TV show in 1966. She hasalso been on THE DICK CAVETT SHOW (ABC), I SPY (NBC), and NEVER TOO YOUNG (CBS).
One ofthe perks of working as a GAZZARRI DANCER was thatJUNE got to meet an enviable list ofstars from the 60's music scene. Every week of HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO presented new opportunities tomeet the musical guests appearing on the show. One of her favorite memories is of MICK JAGGER waving goodbye to her as the ROLLING STONES exited the KHJ-TV studios after their sole appearance on theshow in 1965. There are photos below of JUNE with GENE CLARK of the BYRDS and BARRY McGUIRE. The photo with GENE was taken outside of the KHJ-TV studios after a 1965 appearance by the BYRDS on theshow.The photo with BARRY McGUIRE wastaken at The Trip nightclub during a performance of "Eve of Destruction". You also will find JUNE posing on KIM FOWLEY'S "Born To Be Wild" 1968 album cover.
JUNE had earned a very comfortable life for herself with a house on Laurel Canyon Drive in Hollywood Hillsbefore the house accidentally burned down. Many of the photos here on her page are lucky survivors from that fire. After some very tough years, which are well documented in the L.A. TIMES,JUNE got her lifeback on track. She currentlylives in Los Angeles. She is also in line to reappear in a possible UP IN SMOKE sequel and she is writing a tell-all autobiography of her life. Once this book is published this website will have furtherinformation on when and where you can obtain a copy.
The cover of KIM FOWLEY'S1968 album "Born To Be Wild" features JUNEposing in front of the motorcycle. JUNEalso appears on the cover of THREE DOG NIGHT'S 1974 album, "Hard Labor" , giving "birth" to their new vinyl record.
A pensive looking JUNEin a 1964 photo taken at her home. JUNEwas not in the original group of GAZZARRI DANCERSbut came onboard in the spring of 1965 and was then on every episode until the final one in February 1966.
The photo above is of JUNE and TOMMY BOYCE. TOMMY was half of the famous recording and songwriting duo BOYCE & HART. They were well known for their own hits and the numerous songs that they penned for the MONKEES. And of course JUNE had a big role in the Monkees' movie HEAD.
These two photos, above and below, ofJUNEwere taken in 1967 at Paramount Studios.JUNEhad been signed by directorBLAKEEDWARDSto a starring role in his movieGUNN. It was to be her first movie role andBLAKEhad delivered thehuge teddy to calm the nervous starlet. Fate intervened with JUNE having an on-set accident and she was replaced for the role bySHERRY JACKSON..
JUNE was a busy actress in 1971 when she filmed three movies. The photos above and below are from 1971's DRIVE HE SAID. She was one of Hollywood's most in demand starlets between the late 60s and the late 70s when she was in over a dozen movies.
The 1963 photo to the left shows JUNE as a junior at Aviation High School. Below we see her in the 1963 Dancing Club (why does this not come as a surprise). See if you can pick her out without consulting the guide. And in the following year she was voted as the Queen of her Prom. A photo of that regal moment is also shown below.
The photo above shows JUNEon April 17, 2013 at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles for the premier of the new Cheech and Chong feature titled "The Green Carpet". The photo below shows JUNEin Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.