Gloria DeHaven

Gloria Mildred DeHaven (July 23, 1925 – July 30, 2016) was an American actress and singer who was a contract star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Gloria DeHaven
Publicity photo, 1953
Gloria Mildred DeHaven

(1925-07-23)July 23, 1925
DiedJuly 30, 2016(2016-07-30) (aged 91)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1936–2000
John Payne
(m. 1944; div. 1950)

Martin Kimmel
(m. 1953; div. 1954)

Richard Fincher
(m. 1957; div. 1963)

Richard Fincher
(m. 1965; div. 1969)
Parent(s)Carter DeHaven
Flora Parker DeHaven

Early life

DeHaven was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers. A 1983 newspaper article reported, "Miss DeHaven ... says that her real family name was O'Callahan before her father legally changed his name to DeHaven."[1]


She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936).[2] She was signed to a contract with MGM. She 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), and was voted by exhibitors as the third most likely to be a "star of tomorrow'" in 1944.[3] She portrayed her own mother, Flora Parker DeHaven, in the Fred Astaire film Three Little Words (1950).

After a long absence from the screen, DeHaven appeared as the love interest of Jack Lemmon in the comedy Out to Sea (1997), also starring Walter Matthau.


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.[1] 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.[4]


DeHaven appeared in the soap operas Ryan's Hope (as Bess Shelby), As the World Turns (as Sara Fuller),[1] and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She was one of the numerous celebrities who appeared in the all-star box office flop, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), and guest-starred in television series, including Robert Montgomery Presents; Appointment with Adventure (episode entitled "The Snow People"); The Guy Mitchell Show; Johnny Ringo (as Rosemary Blake in "Love Affair"); The Rifleman; Wagon Train; The Lloyd Bridges Show; Flipper; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Gunsmoke; Mannix; The Eddie Capra Mysteries; Fantasy Island; Hart to Hart; The Love Boat; Mama's Family; Highway to Heaven; Murder, She Wrote; and Touched by an Angel. On March 21, 1974, Gloria appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Later that year, she was cast in the short-lived police drama Nakia.[5]

From January 1969 to February 1971, DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show on WABC-TV in New York City.[5] She also appeared on five episodes of Match Game 75 as a guest panelist.


DeHaven's Broadway debut came in 1955. She played Diane in the musical version of Seventh Heaven.[6] She also toured in a summer stock production of No, No, Nanette.[1]

Personal life

DeHaven was married four times to three men. Her first husband was actor John Payne, star of The Restless Gun, whom she married in 1944 and divorced in 1950. Her second husband was real estate developer Martin Kimmel.[7] They were married in 1953 and divorced the following year. She was married to Richard Fincher, son of a Miami Oldsmobile dealer, from 1957 until 1963. They remarried in 1965 and divorced again in 1969.[8]

She had two children with Payne, daughter Kathleen Hope (born 1945) and son Thomas John (born 1947) as well as two children with Fincher, son Harry (born 1958) and daughter Faith (born 1962).

DeHaven has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.[9]

DeHaven was a staunch Republican[10] and attributed her youthful appearance in later years to an organic diet and faith in prayer.[10]


DeHaven died on July 30, 2016, in Las Vegas of undisclosed causes a week after her 91st birthday while in hospice care after having had a stroke a few months earlier.[11][12] She was survived by her four children.[13] Her remains were cremated.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1936 Modern Times Gamin's sister Uncredited
1940 Susan and God Enid
Keeping Company Evelyn Thomas
1941 The Penalty Anne Logan
Two-Faced Woman Debutante in ladies' room Uncredited
1943 Best Foot Forward Minerva
Thousands Cheer Herself
1944 Broadway Rhythm Patsy Demming
Two Girls and a Sailor Jean Deyo
Step Lively Christine Marlowe
The Thin Man Goes Home Laurabelle Ronson
1945 Between Two Women Edna
1948 Summer Holiday Muriel McComber
1949 Scene of the Crime Lili
Yes Sir That's My Baby Sarah Jane Winfield
The Doctor and the Girl Fabienne Corday
1950 The Yellow Cab Man Ellen Goodrich
Three Little Words Mrs. Carter De Haven
Summer Stock Abigail Falbury
I'll Get By Terry Martin
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Hannah Holbrook
1953 Down Among the Sheltering Palms Angela Toland
1954 So This Is Paris Colette d'Avril
1955 The Girl Rush Taffy Tremaine
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood President's girl 1
1978 Evening in Byzantium Sonia Murphy TV movie
1979 Bog Ginny Glenn
1984 Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks) Maureen Brockmeyer TV movie
1990 Ladies on Sweet Street Ruth
1994 Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1997 Out to Sea Vivian


Year Title Role Notes
1951The Alan Young Show
1956The George Gobel Show December 8 episode[15]
1959The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen1 episode
1959The Rifleman Lillian HalsteadSeason 2, episode 6: "Eddie's Daughter"
1959Johnny RingoRonna Desmond1 episode
1960Wagon TrainAllison Justis1 episode
1961BBC Sunday-Night PlayShirley Kellogg1 episode
1961The DefendersAgnes ASeason 1, episode 15: "Gideon's Follies"
1969MannixGloria NewmanSeason 1, episode 3: "Nothing Ever Works Twice"
1972The Jimmy Stewart ShowLucy Carruthers1 episode
1974GunsmokeCarrie1 episode
1974NakiaIrene James13 episodes
1975Match GameHerself1975 for one week
1975Movin' OnJaney1 episode
1977Quincy M.E.Doreen1 episode
1976–1977Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanAnnie Wylie30 episodes
1978The Ted Knight ShowDelores1 episode (TV Mini-Series)
1978Police StoryJill's Mother1 episode
1978The Eddie Capra Mysteries1 episode
1979Delta HouseMarion Wormer2 episodes
1980B.J. and the BearMama1 episode
1980Hello, Larry1 episode
1981DarkroomLouise Lawrence1 episode
1978–1982Fantasy IslandSophie / Mrs. Brennan2 episodes
1982Hart to HartReva1 episode
1983Falcon CrestGloria Marlowe1 episode
1983Mama's FamilySally NashEpisode: "Positive Thinking"
1983–1985Ryan's HopeBess Shelby14 episodes
1983–1986The Love BoatMary Halbert / Florence Dolan2 episodes
1987Highway to HeavenPhoebe HallSeason 3, episode 17: "A Mother and Daughter"
1987–1989Murder, She Wrote Phyllis Grant3 episodes
1993All My Children

Emma Mallory

2000Touched by an AngelBeverly1 episode

Stage work

Radio appearances

1952Broadway PlayhousePractically Yours[16]
1953Theatre Guild on the AirO'Halloran's Luck''[17]


  1. Reichardt, Nancy M. (August 27, 1983). "Gloria DeHaven heads for 'Ryan's Hope'". The Index-Journal. p. 29. Retrieved June 15, 2015 via
  2. "Gloria DeHaven To Star At Bucks Co. Playhouse". The Daily Intelligencer. Greenwood, South Carolina. March 24, 1971. p. 14. Retrieved June 15, 2015 via
  3. "Saga of the High Seas". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania: National Library of Australia. November 11, 1944. p. 9. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  5. Barnes, Mike; Byrge, Duane (July 31, 2016). "Gloria DeHaven, Effervescent Star of MGM Musicals, Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  6. "Gloria DeHaven to Be Diane In Musical 'Seventh Heaven'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 1, 1954. p. 13. Retrieved June 15, 2015 via
  7. "Gloria DeHaven to wed New York Realtor". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. June 21, 1953. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. "Gloria DeHaven Divorced Again". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. January 11, 1969. p. 15. Retrieved June 16, 2015 via
  9. "Gloria DeHaven". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  11. "Gloria DeHaven, star of 1940s, '50s films, dead at age 91". CBS News. Associated Press. August 1, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  12. Lincoln, Ross A. (July 31, 2016). "Gloria DeHaven Dies: Singer-Actress & Star Of MGM Musicals Was 91". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  13. Lentz, Harris III (September 2016). "Obituaries: Gloria DeHaven, 91". Classic Images (495): 56.
  14. "Gloria DeHaven". Find a Grave. July 31, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  15. "Saturday". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. December 2, 1956. p. 85. Retrieved June 15, 2015 via
  16. Kirby, Walter (November 30, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 14, 2015 via
  17. Kirby, Walter (March 1, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved June 23, 2015 via

Further reading

  • Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 1-59393-320-7.
  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914–1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 54.
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