Flora Parker a.k.a. Mrs. Carter de Haven

Flora Parker (1883-1950) was born on September 1. I have a special interest in this old school actress — she has the same name as my grandmother! The famous actress came from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, worked in regional stock companies and was Nat Goodwin’s leading lady for a time. Her first Broadway appearance was Mr. Bluebird with Eddie Foy in 1903. In 1907 she married Carter de Haven, who became her professional partner as well. The pair played big time vaudeville venues like Hammerstein’s Victoria with a song and dance act, co-starred in Broadway shows like All Aboard (1913) and His Little Widows (1917), and appeared in dozens of silent movie comedy shorts from 1915 through 1923. Their daughter, movie star Gloria de Haven, was born in 1925, at which point Flora seems to have retired. In her professional days she was sometimes billed as Flora Parker de Haven and Mrs. Carter de Haven.

 

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