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23 July 1924, Los Angeles, California, USA. An accomplished actress and singer, with a fine voice and style and a glamorous personality who appeared in several movie musicals in the 40s and 50s. Her parents were the popular stage entertainers the Carter De Havens, and Gloria entered showbusiness while she was quite young. In the early 40s she sang with acclaimed dance bands led by names such as Jan Savitt, and was employed as an extra in the Charlie Chaplin films Modern Times and The Great Dictator. After playing some bit parts, she signed to MGM and made her first impression in Best Foot Forward (1943), and, in the same year, took part in the all-star extravaganza Thousands Cheer. During the rest of the 40s she had mostly good roles in musicals such as Broadway Rhythm, Two Girls And A Sailor, Step Lively, Summer Holiday, and Yes Sir Thats My Baby (1949), as well as playing several solely dramatic parts. In 1950 Gloria De Haven portrayed her mother and sang...