Laraine Day

Actor
Beloved by sports fans as The First Lady of Baseball, Laraine Day earned her first admirers in movie theatres. In addition to her extremely photogenic face, she projected degrees of charm and empathy that made her ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1920 in Roosevelt, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Investigating Tarzan 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Voice 1960 (Movie)

Marian Forbes (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swiss Family Robinson 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

Lydia Rice (Actor)

The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

Actor

I Married a Communist 1950 (Movie)

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My Dear Secretary 1948 (Movie)

Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord (Actor)

Tycoon 1947 (Movie)

Maura (Actor)

The Story of Dr. Wassell 1943 (Movie)

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The Bad Man 1940 (Movie)

Lucia Pell (Actor)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

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Tarzan Finds a Son 1938 (Movie)

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Stella Dallas 1936 (Movie)

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A Yank on the Burma Road (Movie)

Gail Farwood (Actor)

Bride by Mistake (Movie)

Norah (Actor)

Calling Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

Dr. Kildare Goes Home (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Crisis (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (Movie)

Nurse Mary Lamont (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

Fingers at the Window (Movie)

Edwina Brown (Actor)

I Take This Woman (Movie)

Linda Rodgers (Actor)

Kathleen (Movie)

Dr. Angela Martha Kent (Actor)

Mr. Lucky (Movie)

Dorothy Bryant (Actor)

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

The Law Commands (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Secret of Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

The Trial of Mary Dugan (Movie)

Mary Dugan (Actor)

Unholy Partners (Movie)

Miss Cronin (Actor)

Young Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Mary Lamont (Actor)

Biography

Beloved by sports fans as The First Lady of Baseball, Laraine Day earned her first admirers in movie theatres. In addition to her extremely photogenic face, she projected degrees of charm and empathy that made her perfect to play Nurse Mary Lamont in MGM's popular series of "Dr. Kildare" pictures. That regular exposure introduced the Utah native to many filmgoers, but it was also emblematic of the insubstantial fare the studio relegated her to. Day had her best parts when working for other companies, including Alfred Hitchcock's superb thriller "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and the film noir outing "The Locket" (1946), which offered her a major image change as a thief who drives men to their deaths. Although that performance might have opened more doors for her, Day's marriage to New York Giants manager Leo Durocher brought about an unexpected career shift. Adopting her husband's love of baseball, Day became involved with two television programs dedicated to the game and she was among the first female TV personalities to regularly cover sports. Although she co-starred in "The High and the Mighty" (1954) and on various TV programs in the years that followed, Day was content to spend the majority of her time away from show business, attending to her family and the Mormon church. Aptly described by <i>The New York Times</i> as a "B+ Movie Star," Day rarely appeared in top-flight motion pictures, but her sincerity and wholesome appeal as a performer added much to the ones she did grace.

Relationships

Father

Child
adopted three with Ray Hendricks

Sibling
Day was one of eight children

Leo Durocher

Husband
married in 1947 divorced in 1960 born on July 27, 1905 died on October 7, 1991 at age 86

Gigi Grilihkes

Daughter
born in 1964

Michael Grilikhes

Husband
married in 1960 produced the short-lived CBS animated program, "CBS Cartoon Theater" (1956)

Dana Grilikhes

Daughter
born in 1962

Ray Hendricks

Husband
married in 1942 divorced in 1947 adopted three children

Lamar Johnson

Brother
Day's twin

Milestones

1986

Guest starred on a two-part episode, the third-season premiere, of the long-running CBS mystery series, "Murder, She Wrote"

1975

First TV-movie, "Murder on Flight 502"

1960

Last feature film to date, "The Third Voice"

1958

Played the leading female role of the mother in an NBC one-hour dramatic special, an adaptation of the adventure novel, "The Swiss Family Robinson"

1954

Returned to features to play a leading role in the airplane melodrama, "The High and the Mighty"

1951

Starred in the short-lived ABC variety and interview show, "The Laraine Day Show/Daydreaming with Laraine"

1949

Last feature films for five years, "I Married a Communist/The Woman on Pier 13" and "Without Honor"

1946

Gave perhaps her best screen performance as a psychotic in "The Locket"

1943

First film in color, "The Story of Dr. Wassell", directed by Cecil B DeMille for Paramount

1941

Left MGM

1940

Acted in "Foreign Correspondant", directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1940

Earned some notice on loan to United Artists for "My Son, My Son"

1939

Acted in seven of MGM's popular "Dr. Kildare" as the title hero's fiance, Nurse Mary Lamont

1939

Joined MGM; except for several loan-outs, worked exclusively for the studio for the next three years; adopted stage name

1937

Played first leading lady roles in several "B" action films, including "Doomed at Sundown" and "The Law Commands"

1937

First film as actor, "Stella Dallas"; played a bit part; credited as Laraine Johnson

1931

Moved with family from Utah to Southern California

Worked primarily for RKO

Acted with the Long Beach Players after her family moved to California

Acted in such TV dramatic anthology series as "Nash Airflyte Theater", "Lux Video Theater", "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" and "Playhouse 90"

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