Gloria DeHaven (1925 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Gloria DeHaven, a singer and actress who starred in a number of MGM musicals, died July 30, 2016, one week after her birthday, in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to multiple news sources. She was 91.
Born July 23, 1925, DeHaven started her 60-year career as a child actor, appearing in a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936).
MGM signed her to a contract in the early 1940s. While she never became a big Hollywood star, she played memorable film roles in "Best Foot Forward" (1943), "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944), "Scene of the Crime" (1949), and "Summer Stock" (1950). She played her own mother, Flora Parker DeHaven, in "Three Little Words" (1950), which starred Fred Astaire.
DeHaven was well-known to fans of daytime television soap operas including "Ryan's Hope" and "As the World Turns." She also appeared on the cult TV soap opera "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," playing the citizens band radio-loving Annie "Tippy-toes" Wylie.
After a lengthy hiatus from the big screen, DeHaven played Jack Lemmon's love interest in 1997's "Out to Sea." The comedy also starred Walter Matthau.
DeHaven was married four times and divorced four times. She is survived by four children, Kathleen Hope Payne, Thomas J. Payne, Harry Fincher, and Faith Fincher.
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