June Caprice

June Caprice (November 19, 1899 – November 9, 1936)[1] was an American silent film actress.

June Caprice
Helen Elizabeth Lawson

(1899-11-19)November 19, 1899
DiedNovember 9, 1936(1936-11-09) (aged 40)
Other namesThe Vamp
Years active1916–1921
Spouse(s)Harry F. Millarde (1923–1931)

Early life and career

Born Helen Elizabeth Lawson[2] in Arlington, Massachusetts, Caprice was educated in Boston.[3]

She began her acting career in live theatre and in 1916 signed with the Fox Film Corporation. In 1916 William Fox searched to find a "second Mary Pickford." By the summer of that year he believed he had located the woman he predicted would be the best known female on the screen within six months time.

Caprice's screen debut came in Caprice of the Mountains (1916).[3] A New York Times film critic said of her, "she is young, pretty, graceful, petite, with an eloquence of gesture that augurs a bright future in the movies."

Adopting the stage name June Caprice, she made sixteen films for Fox, half of which were directed by Harry F. Millarde. The two began a personal relationship and eventually married.

In 1919, June Caprice signed with Pathé for whom she appeared in six film projects. Some of the movies were made in the old Pathe studio in New York City. Her last film work was a 1921 fifteen-episode science fiction serial called The Sky Ranger (aka The Man Who Stole the Moon).


She left the film business to begin a family, giving birth to a daughter June Elizabeth Millarde in 1923. It is believed she returned to working on stage and modeling, appearing on 1920s Coca-Cola company calendars holding a fountain glass of Coke.

In 1931 her husband died at the age of forty-six. Caprice died five years later from a heart attack in Los Angeles. She had been suffering from cancer. She was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Caprice's daughter was thirteen years old when orphaned and was raised by her grandparents on Long Island, New York. June Millarde became a cover girl known as Toni Seven.

The June 17, 1949, issue of Time reported that she was the heiress to an estimated $3,000,000 fortune.



  1. "June Caprice". BFI. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 19, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  2. "(photo caption)". gettyimagers. Archived from the original on October 19, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  3. Lowe, Denise (2014). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930. Routledge. pp. 102–103. ISBN 9781317718970. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  • New York Times, June Caprice Dies; Silent Film Star, November 11, 1936, Page 35.
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