Gloria DeHaven’s parents were the popular vaudevillian and stage performers Carter DeHaven and Flora Parker. She and her brother, Carter DeHaven Jr., who would become a producer, would travel with their parents as they toured. She landed a bit part in Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 masterpiece “Modern Times” because her father was an assistant director on the film. She also had a small part in Chaplin’s 1940 satire, “The Great Dictator.”
She was signed to an MGM contract in 1940 and appeared in “Susan and God,” while also singing with orchestras, including Bob Crosby’s band. She appeared in several musicals during the early '40s, most notably 1943’s “Best Foot Forward” and 1944’s “Step Lively,” in which she was loaned out from MGM to RKO.
DeHaven took time off from the screen when she married actor John Payne. Her return was in the 1948 musical flop “Summer Holiday.” She continued at MGM in supporting roles in 1950’s “Summer Stock” and 1950’s “Three Little Words.”
She later turned more and more to TV series, and had a recurring role in the 1970s soap opera spoof, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” She returned to the big screen in the forgettable 1983 film “Bog,” but scored a hit as Jack Lemmon’s love interest in the 1997 romantic comedy “Out to Sea.”
DeHaven died July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 91.