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April 23, 2021

40 Glamorous Photos of Gloria DeHaven in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1925 in Los Angeles, California, American actress and singer Gloria DeHaven began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM, and had featured roles in such films as Best Foot Forward (1943), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), Scene of the Crime (1949) and Summer Stock (1950).

DeHaven was voted by exhibitors as the third most likely to be a “star of tomorrow” in 1944. She portrayed her own mother, Flora Parker DeHaven, in the Fred Astaire film Three Little Words (1950).

DeHaven’s musical talents supplemented her acting abilities. Besides being cast as a singer in many of her films, including I’ll Get By, So This Is Paris and The Girl Rush, and performing numbers in many of her movies, DeHaven sang with the bands of Jan Savitt and Bob Crosby and at one time had her own nightclub act.

During the early 1960s, DeHaven recorded for the small Seeco label, where she appeared on the 1962 compilation album Gloria Lynne and Her Friends. She was also heard on four of the Revisited compilations produced by Ben Bagley.

DeHaven died in 2016, in Las Vegas a week after her 91st birthday after having had a stroke a few months earlier. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.


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