Gloria DeHaven

Actor, Singer
Gloria DeHaven never made it to the front ranks of film stardom and none of her credits can be considered a major classic, but she was in her own modest way one of the signature perky soubrettes of the 1940s, a hometown ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

other (40)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of O. B. Taggert 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

The Thalians 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies on Sweet Street 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Mart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bog 1977 (Movie)

Ginny Glen (Actor)

Bog 1977 (Movie)

Adrianna (Actor)

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cabot Connection 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Nakia 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Wednesday Night Out 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

Taffy Termaine (Actor)

So This Is Paris 1954 (Movie)

Colette D'Avril (Actor)

Down Among the Sheltering Palms 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broadway Rhythm 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Susan and God 1939 (Movie)

Enid (Actor)

Modern Times 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Call Her Mom (TV Show)

Actor

Evening in Byzantium (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Gloria DeHaven never made it to the front ranks of film stardom and none of her credits can be considered a major classic, but she was in her own modest way one of the signature perky soubrettes of the 1940s, a hometown sweetheart for many GIs. A good singer and a highly vivacious screen presence, her career has had its ups and downs, but TV and stage work and the very occasional film have nonetheless kept her busy for over half a century.

DeHaven was born into a prominent entertainment family: her parents were Carter DeHaven and Flora Parker (often known professionally as Mrs. Carter DeHaven), famed vaudevillians and legitimate stage performers who also graced a number of silent films together. DeHaven and her brother Carter DeHaven Jr (who later became a producer) traveled with their parents on tour tours while growing up, and Gloria enjoyed her first screen exposure in a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936), for which her father served as assistant director. By 1940, DeHaven had been signed by MGM and she gained further experience as a singer with Bob Crosby and Jon Savitt's bands. She tread water for several years in small roles until she played one of the second leads in the brightly colored, high energy film version of the Broadway musical, "Best Foot Forward" (1943), which also got June Allyson off and running.

The biggest year of DeHaven's screen career came in 1944, when she performed in six films released that year and into early 1945. "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944), the wartime installment of the popular comedy-mystery series, found DeHaven in typical supporting form as a hyperactive, gushy small-town denizen. Much more important, though, was a loan-out to RKO for "Step Lively" (1944), a highly amusing, musicalized revamp of the stage and screen farce "Room Service" in which her attractive alto and atypically relaxed charm teamed well with hot newcomer Frank Sinatra. Another popular entry came with "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944); with their girl-next-door manner and pouting-lipped good looks, she and Allyson made a fairly credible sister act.

Even though some of her roles were still second leads, DeHaven was building momentum. She was off the screen for several years, though, after marrying fellow screen star John Payne. Her return to films, however, was a major boxoffice flop: the admittedly uneven but charming and underrated "Summer Holiday" (1948), one of many times her career path would cross professionally with Mickey Rooney's. DeHaven stayed at MGM for two more years, alternating between blonde and brunette, standardized lead and cutesy second lead, in a series of unmemorable films ranging from melodrama ("Scene of the Crime" 1949) to comedy ("The Yellow Cab Man" 1950). Her best films in this period were musicals, as she gamely supported Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in "Summer Stock" (1950) and impersonated her own mother in a cameo in the period biopic "Three Little Words" (1950).

DeHaven freelanced in several musicals, but the results (e.g., "Two Tickets to Broadway" 1951; "The Girl Rush" 1955) reeked of hackneyed storylines and forced gaiety. With the decline of the film musical DeHaven turned to stage tours and TV. She hosted the 15-minute ABC variety program, "The Gloria DeHaven Show" (1953-54), was a quiz show panelist on "Make the Connection" (NBC, 1955), teamed again with Rooney for the TV special "Mr. Broadway" (NBC, 1957) and began making regular appearances on Bob Hope's small-screen fests. She guested on "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS, 1962-63) and very briefly hosted the syndicated "Girl Talk" in 1969 before the TV-movie gave her renewed visibility. DeHaven, looking lovely in her middle and senior years, performed in TV-movies including "Call Her Mom" (ABC, 1972), "Evening in Byzantium" (syndicated, 1978) and "Off Sides" (NBC, 1984) and even essayed one of the two leads in the mystery pilot "Ladies on Sweet Street" (ABC, 1990).

DeHaven also ventured into TV series work, playing the precinct secretary on "Nakia" (ABC, 1974), a police drama set among a Navaho tribe. She also performed on the short-lived sitcom, "Delta House" (ABC, 1979) and played a recurring role on the spoof soap, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) but enjoyed better luck on more serious daytime drama. DeHaven played Sara Fuller on CBS' "As the World Turns" and in the 80s joined the cast of "Ryan's Hope" (ABC) as Bess Shelby, long-suffering mother of the town tramp. Her long-delayed return to features in the poor horror pic "Bog" (1978) was best forgotten, despite her casting in two roles, but DeHaven turned up again with Rooney for "The Legend of O.B. Taggert" (1995). Better still, she received her widest feature exposure in 40 years as one of the objects of Jack Lemmon's and Walter Matthau's schemes in "Out to Sea" (1997).

Relationships

Carter DeHaven

Father
Born Oct. 5, 1886; noted vaudevillian; also acted in, produced, and directed number of stage plays and films Died in Woodland Hills, CA July 20, 1977

Flora Parker De Haven

Mother
Born Sept. 1, 1883; part of famous vaudeville and legitimate stage team with husband; they later made a number of films together during silent period Died in Hollywood, CA Sept. 9, 1950

Carter DeHaven Jr.

Brother
Born Dec. 23, 1910 Died in Encino, California March 1, 1979

Carter DeHaven III

Nephew
Born Feb. 16, 1932; began working as a production assistant on TV in 1950s; became assistant director and later a producer, with credits including "Ulzana's Raid" (1972), "Carbon Copy" (1981), and "Hoosiers" (1986)

David DeHaven

Brother

Richard Fincher

Husband
Married Jan. 19, 1957 Divorced Sept. 27, 1963 Remarried Jan. 19, 1966 Divorced second time Jan. 9, 1969

Martin Kimmell

Husband
Married June 21, 1953 Divorced Aug. 25, 1954

John Payne

Husband
Married Dec. 28, 1944 Divorced Sept. 21, 1951

Kathleen Payne

Daughter
Born 1945; father, John Payne

Thomas Payne

Son
Born 1947; father, John Payne

Milestones

1995

Again returned to features to act a role in "The Legend of O.B. Taggert"

1990

Played one of the two leading roles in the ABC TV mystery pilot, "Ladies of Sweet Street"

1979

Played recurring role of Marion Wormer on the ABC sitcom, "Delta House"

1978

Returned to features to act in the horror film, "Bog"

1974

First fictional TV series role as cast regular: played Deputy Irene James on the ABC crime drama, "Nakia"

1972

First TV-movie, "Call Her Mom"

1968

Hosted part of a season of the long-running (1963-70) syndicated TV talk show, "Girl Talk", after Virginia Graham left the show and before Betsy Palmer took over hosting duties

1955

Last feature film for over two decades, "The Girl Rush"

1955

Served as a panelist on the short-lived NBC game show, "Make the Connection"

1953

Hosted the 15-minute ABC variety program, "The Gloria DeHaven Show"

1953

Made first of many guest appearances on Bob Hope's variety specials over the years

1950

Last films at MGM, "Summer Stock" and "Three Little Words"; played the role of her own real-life mother, Mrs. Carter DeHaven, in the latter

1948

Returned to features in "Summer Holiday"

1944

Last film in release for several years, "Between Two Woman" (shot in 1944)

1943

Played first leading roles in two popular breakthrough films: "Two Girls and a Sailor" and "Step Lively"

1942

Played most prominent feature film role to date as one of the second leads in "Best Foot Forward", an adaptation of the Broadway musical

1940

Signed by MGM; first film there, "Susan and God"

1940

Appeared in a second Chaplin film, "The Great Dictator"

1936

First film appearance (as an extra) in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times"; her father worked as an assistant director on the film

Played role of Bess Shelby on the ABC daytime drama, "Ryan's Hope" during the 1980s; was not on the program when it debuted in 1975

Sang as a vocalist for bands led by Jon Savitt and Bob Crosby

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