Gloria DeHaven's last movie appearance came in 1997 as a widow and romantic interest of Jack Lemmon's character in Out to Sea

By Jodi Guglielmi
August 01, 2016 11:00 AM

Gloria DeHaven, famous for starring in a parade of Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and ’50s, has died. She was 91.

DeHaven died Saturday in hospice care in Las Vegas after suffering a stroke a few months ago, reports Reuters.

The actress made her screen debut in Charlie Chaplin‘s 1936 film Modern Times as Paulette Goddard’s younger sister. She went on to star in a bevy of musicals – many of them for MGM – in the 1940s and ’50s including Two Girls and a Sailor , Step Lively with Frank Sinatra (who had his first onscreen kiss with DeHaven), Summer Holiday and The Doctor and the Girl with Glenn Ford and Nancy Reagan.

But the Los Angeles native’s breakout role was in the Lucille Ball 1943 musical comedy Best Foot Forward.

DeHaven’s last movie appearance came in 1997 as a widow and romantic interest of Jack Lemmon’s character in Out to Sea.

DeHaven was married four times, including to actor John Payne and twice to businessman Richard Fincher. She is survived by her four children.

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