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Gloria DeHaven Dies: Star of 1940s MGM Musicals Was 91

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 06:19 AM

Gloria DeHaven, who became a huge star for MGM in a film career that started in the 1930s and extended into television, died Saturday at age 91 while in hospice car in Las Vegas.

DeHaven's daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, told The Hollywood Reporter that her mother suffered a stroke roughly three months ago.

DeHaven appeared in her first film, Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" in 1936, where her father served as an assistant director on the film. She last appeared on the big screen as Jack Lemmon's love interest in "Out to Sea" in 1997, noted the celebrity publication.

DeHaven also had a career as a singer, performing in Bob Crosby's band and developed her own nightclub act, according to Deadline.com. She would often perform in New York, Las Vegas, and London.

She debuted on Broadway opposite Ricardo Montalban in the musical version of "Seventh Heaven" in 1955, stated Deadline.com.

"DeHaven was one of the few stars remaining from Hollywood's Golden Age of film, when no problem couldn't by solved be tap dancing through it and every broken heart could be healed with a song," wrote Rosemary Rossi of The Wrap.

"Through DeHaven's six-decade career as a singer-dancer-actress, she performed alongside Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford ("Susan and God," 1940), Lucille Ball ("Best Foot Forward," 1943), Frank Sinatra ("Step Lively," 1944), Mickey Rooney ("Summer Holiday," 1948), Gene Kelly and Judy Garland ("Summer Stock," 1950) and Fred Astaire ("Three Little Words," 1950)," Rossi continued.

On the small screen, DeHaven appeared on the soap opera's "Ryan's Hope," "As the World Turns" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," according to Deadline.com. She made guest appearances on such series as "Robert Montgomery Presents," "Appointment with Adventure," "Johnny Ringo," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Gunsmoke," "Hart to Hart," "The Love Boat," "Mama's Family," "Highway to Heaven," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Touched by an Angel."

DeHaven was married to "Miracle on 34th Street" actor John Payne, and twice to businessman Richard Fincher amid her four marriages, which all ended in divorce, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

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