Gloria DeHaven

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Gloria DeHaven
Gloria de Haven.jpg
Publicity photo, 1953
Born Gloria Mildred DeHaven
(1925-07-23) July 23, 1925 (age 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1936–2000
Spouse(s) John Payne (1944–1950; divorced; 2 children)
Martin Kimmel[1] (1953–1954; divorced)
Richard Fincher (1957–1963; divorced; 2 children)
Richard Fincher (1965–1969; divorced)
Children Kathleen Payne Hope (b. 1945)
Thomas John Payne (b. 1947)
Harry Fincher (b. 1958)
Faith Fincher (b. 1962)

Gloria Mildred DeHaven (born July 23, 1925) is an American actress, singer and a former contract star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Early life[edit]

DeHaven was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress, Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers.[2] 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."[2]


She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936).[3] She was signed to a contract with MGM. Despite 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 being voted by exhibitors as the third most likely to be a "star of tomorrow'" in 1944,[4] she did not achieve film stardom. 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 1997 comedy Out to Sea, 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.[2]


DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas Ryan's Hope (as Bess Kirby), As the World Turns (as Sara Fuller),[2] and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. 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, 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. In 1974, she was a regular in the cast of the short-lived ABC police drama Nakia.[5]

From January 1969 to February 1971 DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show, Prize Movie, on WABC-TV in New York City.[citation needed] She also appeared on five episodes of Match Game 75 as a guest panelist along with Patti Deutsch and Buck Owens.


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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8]


Year Title Role
1936 Modern Times Gamin's sister
1940 Susan and God Enid
Keeping Company Evelyn Thomas
1941 The Penalty Anne Logan
Two-Faced Woman Debutante in ladies' room
1943 Best Foot Forward Minerva
Thousands Cheer Gloria DeHaven (herself)
1944 Broadway Rhythm Patsy Demming
Two Girls and a Sailor Jean Deyo
Step Lively Christine Marlowe
1945 The Thin Man Goes Home Laura Ronson
Between Two Women Edna
1948 Summer Holiday Muriel McComber
1949 Scene of the Crime Lili
The Doctor and the Girl Fabienne Corday
Yes Sir That's My Baby Sarah Jane Winfield
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
1983 Bog Ginny Glenn
1994 Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1997 Out to Sea Vivian

Stage Work[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Broadway Playhouse Practically Yours[9]
1953 Theatre Guild on the Air O'Halloran's Luck''[10]

Television appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1956 THe George Gobel Show December 8 episode[11]

The Rifleman 1959 as Eddie's Daughter Season 2 Episode 46


  1. ^ Martin Kimmel info.
  2. ^ a b c d e Reichardt, Nancy M. (August 27, 1983). "Gloria DeHaven heads for 'Ryan's Hope'". The Index-Journal. p. 29. Retrieved June 15, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Gloria DeHaven To Star At Bucks Co. Playhouse". The Daily Intelligencer. March 24, 1971. p. 14. Retrieved June 15, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "SAGA OF THE HIGH SEAS.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania:1860-1954) (Hobart, Tasmania: National Library of Australia). November 11, 1944. p. 9. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Scheuer, Steven H. (October 18, 1974). "News-Journal". News-Journal. p. 34. Retrieved June 16, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "Gloria DeHaven to Be Diane In Musical 'Seventh Heaven'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 1, 1954. p. 13. Retrieved June 15, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Gloria DeHaven Divorced Again". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. January 11, 1969. p. 15. Retrieved June 16, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Gloria DeHaven". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Kirby, Walter (November 30, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ Kirby, Walter (March 1, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "Saturday". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. December 2, 1956. p. 85. Retrieved June 15, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read

Further reading[edit]

  • Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 1-59393-320-7.

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