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Laraine Day

from the trailer for Journey for Margaret (1942)
Born La Raine Johnson
October 13, 1920(1920-10-13)
Roosevelt, Utah
Died November 10, 2007 (aged 87)
Ivins, Utah
Years active 1937–1986[1]
Spouse(s) Ray Hendricks (1942–1947) (divorced) 2 children
Leo Durocher (1947–1960) (divorced) 2 children
Michael Grilikhes (1960–2007) (his death) 2 children

Laraine Day (October 13, 1920 – November 10, 2007)[1][2] was an American actress and a former MGM contract star.

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Career

Born La Raine Johnson[3] in Roosevelt, Utah, she was a descendant of a prominent Mormon pioneer leader, and moved with her family from Utah to California, where she began her acting career with the Long Beach Players.

In 1937 she debuted onscreen in a bit part in Stella Dallas; shortly afterwards she won lead roles in several George O'Brien westerns at RKO, in which she was billed as "Laraine Hays" and then Laraine Johnson.

In 1939 she signed with MGM, going on to become popular and well-known (billed as Laraine Day) as "Nurse Mary Lamont", the title character's fiancee in a string of seven "Dr. Kildare" movies beginning with Calling Dr. Kildare (1939), with Lew Ayres in the title role.

Her roles for other studios were often far more stimulating than those MGM gave her, including a prominent supporting part in the Irish melodrama My Son, My Son! She starred in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Foreign Correspondent (1940) with Joel McCrea, and the psychological mystery The Locket (1946) with Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne, and Gene Raymond. She was paired opposite major film stars, including Lana Turner, Cary Grant, and John Wayne, and hosted a TV show alternately called Daydreaming with Laraine or The Laraine Day Show (1951).

Personal life

She was married to Ray Hendricks from 1942 to 1947, then to the baseball manager Leo Durocher from 1947 to 1960, while she would sometimes be referred to as "the first lady of baseball". While Durocher was managing the New York Giants, Day wrote a book with the punning title Day With the Giants (1952)[4].

Shortly after her divorce from Durocher, Day married television producer Michael Grilikhes in 1960. She and Grilikhes had two daughters, Dana (b. 1962) and Gigi (b. 1964). After their births, Day rarely appeared in films, and only occasionally appeared on TV, portraying matronly types. Day was devoted to the raising of her two daughters, and largely retired from film and television to spend time with her family and be active in her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Hollywood Walk of Fame

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Laraine Day has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6676 Hollywood Blvd.

Death

Laraine Day died on November 10, 2007 in Ivins, Utah, aged 87, at the home of her daughter, Gigi Bell, and her granddaughter, Giselle Bell according to her publicist, Dale Olson. Day had moved back to her native Utah in March 2007 following the death of her third husband.

Selected filmography

Television

Celebrity Guest Panelist on What's My Line (1955)

References

  1. ^ a b Laraine Day at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Laraine Day, ‘B+ Movie’ Star, Dies at 87)
  3. ^ L.A. Times obituary
  4. ^ Laraine Day, Day with the Giants, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1952 OCLC 1478220. Edited by Kyle Crichton. Drawings by Leo Hershfield.

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