Sunday, July 31, 2016

Singer-Actress Gloria DeHaven Passes On at 91

Lovely MGM singing star Gloria DeHaven has passed on at the age of 91.

DeHaven celebrated her birthday just a week before her passing.

DeHaven brightened many MGM musicals, including TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR (1944) with June Allyson and Van Johnson, which my youngest daughter loved to rewatch as a little girl...

...Rouben Mamoulian's SUMMER HOLIDAY 1948), costarring Mickey Rooney...

...and Charles Walters' SUMMER STOCK (1950), in which she played Judy Garland's actress sister. That's Marjorie Main and Gene Kelly in the photo with DeHaven and Garland.

I also especially enjoyed her in the charming Fox musical I'LL GET BY (1951), costarring June Haver (below), William Lundigan, and Dennis Day.

DeHaven gave fine dramatic performances in films such as SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949) and THE DOCTOR AND THE GIRL (1951), seen below with Glenn Ford.

Like other MGM veterans, DeHaven guest starred on fellow MGM star Angela Lansbury's MURDER, SHE WROTE multiple times.

Here's a wonderful way to remember Gloria DeHaven, singing "Sweet and Lovely" from TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR. Farewell and thanks for a lifetime of happy musical memories.

Gloria DeHaven films reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: SUSAN AND GOD (1940), BETWEEN TWO WOMEN (1945), SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949), THE DOCTOR AND THE GIRL (1951), I'LL GET BY (1951), and DOWN AMONG THE SHELTERING PALMS (1953).

Update: Here's a review of an early film in which Gloria had a bit role, TWO-FACED WOMAN (1941).

Update: Here are obituaries from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.


Blogger barrylane said...

An adorable girl.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Agreed! :)

Best wishes,

5:52 PM  

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