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Actress Gloria DeHaven, star of MGM musicals, TV dies at 91

Gloria De Haven and her then-husband actor John Payne in 1949. | FILE PHOTO

Singer-actress Gloria DeHaven, a star of MGM musical throughout the 1940s has died. She was 91.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

“Ms. DeHaven, who made her screen debut in Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” (1936) as Paulette Goddard’s kid sister — her father served as an assistant director on the film — died Saturday while in hospice care in Las Vegas, her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, told The Hollywood Reporter. DeHaven suffered a stroke about three months ago, she said.

The vivacious DeHaven, a studio player at MGM, 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; “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. … Her last movie appearance came as a lovely widow and romantic interest of Jack Lemmon’s character on the cruise-ship set “Out to Sea” (1997). She played Annie “Tippy-toes” Wylie, a bisexual CB radio aficionado who also had an affair with the husband of Louise Lasser’s character, on the fabled Norman Lear syndicated series ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.'”

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