Gloria DeHaven

Actress and singer, Gloria DeHaven who played major roles in 1940s MGM musicals, died  on Saturdayat the age of 91.

Her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, told The Hollywood Reporter that she suffered a stroke about three months before her eventual death at her hospice  in Las Vegas.

Gloria made her acting debut in 1936 in Charlie Chaplin’s film, “Modern Times” as a nine-year-old. Following her debut, she went on to sign a contract with MGM.

While she started off acting, she performed musical numbers in many of her films; including “The Girl Rush” and “So This is Paris” with Tony Curtis.

Gloria’s acting career saw her appear in films like:

Thousands Cheer (1943) with Gene Kelly; Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) with June Allyson and Van Johnson; Step Lively (1944) with Frank Sinatra; Summer Holiday (1948) with Mickey Rooney; The Doctor and the Girl (1949) with Glenn Ford and Nancy Reagan; Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) with Janet Leigh and Tony Martin; and The Girl Rush (1955) with Rosalind Russell.

Further into her career, Gloria became a TV star, featuring in soaps like: “As the World Turns” and “Ryan’s Hope”.

Her final film appearance was as Jack Lammon’s love interest in 1997’s “Out at Sea’.

Author: Yemi Olarinre