Monday, August 11, 2014

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Gloria DeHaven
Seen as both a blonde at times as well as a brunette, Gloria DeHaven was born in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 1925 to famous parents - the popular "polite comedy" stage-and-film team of Mr. and Mrs. Carter De Haven.  She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in a Charlie Chaplin film but was then signed to a contract with MGM studios. 

Under contract to MGM from 1940 to 1950, the lively and talented DeHaven was the studio's all-purpose ingenue, acting opposite everyone from William Powell to Red Skelton. She later starred in a series of Technicolor musicals at 20th Century-Fox. When musicals fell out of public favor she starred in soap operas, where her notoriety soared. 

Besides work in film and television, she did some stage work in productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The Sound of Music.  Her stunning big eyes and gorgeous looks also kept her busy with the men: she married four times to three different men. 

In 1997, De Haven starred in Out to Sea,  co-starring opposite Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Dyan Cannon.  It was a notable return to feature films after over 40 years away from the big screen.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.  She turned 89 years old this year.

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