MGM musical star Gloria DeHaven dead at 91

Las Vegas, Aug 1 (IANS) Singer-actress Gloria DeHaven, the star of MGM musicals in the 1940s and a stalwart of showbiz for more than six decades, has died. She was 91.

DeHaven, who made her screen debut in actor Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” (1936) died on July 30 while in hospice care here, her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, told hollywoodreporter.com.

DeHaven suffered a stroke about three months ago, she said.

A studio player at MGM, DeHaven appeared in a number of top films with leading stars, including “Thousands Cheer” (1943) with Gene Kelly; “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944) with June Allyson and Van Johnson and “Step Lively” (1944) with Frank Sinatra.

She was also seen in “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.

Her last movie appearance came as a lovely widow and romantic interest of Jack Lemmon’s character on the cruise-ship set romantic comedy film “Out to Sea” (1997).

DeHaven was married four times, including once to actor John Payne and twice to businessman Richard Fincher. All her marriages ended in divorce.

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