Crinkly-eyed Carter DeHaven and his pleasantly plump wife Flora Parker were headliners in vaudeville, theatre and films throughout the first quarter of the 20th century. Billed as Mr. and Mrs. Carter DeHaven, the team upheld the "polite comedy" tradition established by the equally popular Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, though the DeHavens were not above indulging in slapstick so long as it was motivated by the plotline. DeHaven occasionally journeyed behind the cameras as director, overseeing such lighthearted silent features as The Losing Winner (1917) and Say It With Diamonds (1923). During the talkie era, DeHaven worked as an assistant director on Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936), and was seen in a supporting role in Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940). Carter DeHaven was the father of actress Gloria DeHaven (who made her debut in Modern Times) and producer Carter De Haven Jr.