Monday, October 20, 2014
Life's A Changin'
Elizabeth remained in a New York hospital in critical condition for three months. She was pronounced well enough to travel and was on her way to the train station to accompany her son to Kentucky when she had another attack. She was once again bedridden - this time for a month.
When her mother could finally travel, June went with her to Kentucky where she collapsed and had to be hospitalized. The symptoms she was suffering included pain, depression and anorexia - conditions for which psychological causes had yet to be explored. The doctors in Kentucky were convinced removing June's appendix would cure her. However months later, her advanced depression left her speechless. So the doctors removed her tonsils. (In later years, June described her condition as a nervous breakdown.)
Elizabeth's health was improving though and she would go on to enjoy another eight years of life.
For a while, June worked with William and Royal Stewart, to brothers who had come from the Belcher Studios. Royal worked in the film industry - he was the dance instructor who taught Shirley Temple and Jane Withers dance routines used in their movies.
William and June married but the marriage lasted less than six months because William began to display tendencies for violent behaviour.
Once again, I would like to thank the book June Roper Ballet Starmaker and its author, Leland Windreich for the information above.
I hope you find the beauty around you.