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Publicity photo, 1953
|Born||Gloria Mildred DeHaven
July 23, 1925
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John Payne (1944–1950; divorced; 2 children)
Martin Kimmel (1953–1954; divorced)
Richard Fincher (1957–1963; divorced; 2 children)
Richard Fincher (1965–1969; divorced)
Early life and career
She 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. Despite featured roles in such films as Best Foot Forward, The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Summer Stock (1950), and being voted by exhibitors as the third most likely to be a "star of tomorrow'" in 1944, she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her own mother, Flora Parker DeHaven, in the Fred Astaire film Three Little Words (1950).
DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas As the World Turns, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Ryan's Hope. She was one of the numerous celebrities enticed to appear in the all-star box office flop, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), and has guest starred in such television series as 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, Marcus Welby, M.D., Gunsmoke, Mannix, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat, Mama's Family, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote and Touched by an Angel. In 1974, she was a regular in the cast of the short-lived ABC police drama Nakia.
From January 1969 to February 1971 DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show, Prize Movie, on WABC-TV in New York City. She also appeared on five episodes of Match Game 75 as a guest panelist along with Patti Deutsch and Buck Owens.
DeHaven has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was actor John Payne, star of The Restless Gun television series, whom she married on December 28, 1944, and divorced in 1950. Her second husband was real estate developer Martin Kimmel; they were married June 21, 1953, and divorced the following year. She was married to Richard Fincher from 1957 until 1963; they remarried in 1965 and divorced again in 1969.
She has two children with Payne, daughter, Kathleen Hope (born 1945), and son, Thomas John Payne (born 1947), and 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.
- Seventh Heaven (1955)
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1963)
- The Sound of Music (1964)
- No, No, Nanette (1983)
- A High-Time Salute to Martin and Blane (1991) (benefit concert)
- Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 1-59393-320-7.
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