Musical Actress Gloria DeHaven Dies

Musical actress Gloria DeHaven died July 30 – only one week after her 91st birthday – in Las Vegas, Nevada. Daughter Faith said that her mother had a stroke earlier this year.

Appearing in over 80 productions, DeHaven made her screen debut in 1936 in an uncredited role as Paulette’s little sister in the Charlie Chaplin film “Modern Times.” Her father was an assistant director on the production. She earned her first credited role in 1940 as Enid in “Susan and God.” Dehaven also appeared in “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Mr. Broadway,” “The Rifleman,” “Wagon Train,” “Burke’s Law,” the daytime drama “As the World Turns,” “Flipper,” “Mannix,” the daytime drama “All My Children,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Gunsmoke,” 13 episodes of the television series “Nakia,” 30 episodes of the television series “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Police Story,” “B.J. and the Bear,” “Fantasy Island,” “Falcon Crest,” “Mama’s Family,” 13 episodes of the daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope,” “The Love Boat,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and her final role was in 2000 in “Touched by an Angel.”

Appearing in a number of musicals, DeHaven sang in 17 musical films including her 1943 debut in “Best Foot Forward,” “Broadway Rhythm,” “Summer Holiday,” “Three Little Words,” “Two Tickets to Broadway,” “So This is Paris,” “The Girl Rush,” “Johnny Ringo,” and “That’s Entertainment III.” Dehaven portrayed her own mother in “Three Little Words.”

During the heyday of the Hollywood musical, DeHaven shared the stage with Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Ford, Nancy Reagan, Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Janet Leigh, Tony Martin, Rosalind Russell and Mickey Rooney.

DeHaven also appeared on the Broadway stage only once in “Seventh Heaven.” Along with her Broadway appearance, DeHaven performed at Summer Stock in “The Sound of Music,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Hello, Dolly,” and “Plaza Suite.”

She also performed with a number of Big Bands including Bob Crosby and Jan Savitt. DeHaven also made the rounds of the nightclub circuit.

She was born Gloria Mildred DeHaven on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles the daughter of Vaudeville performers.

Married and divorced four times, DeHaven is survived by her children Faith, Tom, Harry, and Clancy; grandchildren Taylor, Ryan, and Holly; and a son-in-law, Bruce.

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