Laraine Day

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    • Laraine Day



      Date of birth
      13 October 1917
      Roosevelt, Utah, USA

      Birth name
      Laraine Johnson

      Michael Grilikhes (1960 - present) 2 daughters
      Leo Durocher (1947 - 1960) (divorced) 1 child
      Ray Hendricks (1942 - 1947)

      Sometimes Credited As:
      Laraine Johnson

      Has 2 adopted children from her marriage to Hendricks.

      Son, Chris Durocher.

      Twin brother, Lamar.

      Personal quotes
      I recall playing practical jokes with John Wayne. I once got a whole bunch of keys and had little tags made that said, "If lost, please return to John Wayne, RKO Studios. Reward." And I just dropped them all over town. [He got a lot of] phone calls, people showing up at the studio. He never learned who did it.

      Mini biography
      Born into a prominent Mormon family in Utah, Laraine Day's acting career began after her parents moved to Long Beach, California, where she joined the Long Beach Players. She appeared in her first film in 1937 in a bit part, then did leads in several George O'Brien westerns. Signing a contract with MGM, she achieved popularity playing the part of Nurse Lamont in that studio's "Dr. Kildare" series. An atractive, engaging performer, she had leads in several medium-budget films for various studios, but never achieved major stardom. She was married for 13 years to baseball manager Leo Durocher, and took such an active interest in his career and the sport of baseball in general that she became known as "The First Lady of Baseball."

      Mini Biography-2
      from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
      Even as the button-cute ingenue of Border G-Men and The Painted Desert two 1938 George O'Brien B Westerns made for RKO, this demure actress showed great promise. The daughter of a prominent Mormon businessman, she'd taken up acting with the Long Beach Players stock company and won a bit role in the classic weepie Stella Dallas (1937). Immediately following her Western chores, she was signed to a contract by MGM, which changed her surname to Day and placed her in Sergeant Madden and Tarzan Finds a Son (both 1939) before adding her to the Dr. Kildare series as love interest for Lew Ayres. Cast as Nurse Mary Lamont, she made seven films in the series, beginning with Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) and ending with Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941, in which her character was killed off, a rare occurrence in movie series). Alfred Hitchcock borrowed her to be leading lady in his Foreign Correspondent (1940), and after the Kildares, MGM (and then RKO) promoted her to starring roles in popular audience fare.

      Day's major films include Mr. Lucky (a big hit that paired her with Cary Grant), Journey for Margaret (both 1943), Bride by Mistake (1944), Those Endearing Young Charms, Keep Your Powder Dry (both 1945), The Locket (1946, an effective performance as a psychopath), Tycoon (1947), My Dear Secretary (1948), and Woman on Pier 13 (1949). She worked less frequently during the 1950s (although she was memorable as part of the ensemble cast of 1954's The High and the Mighty partially because, as the wife of baseball manager Leo Durocher, she became active in the game, earning the sobriquet "First Lady of Baseball." Her last feature film was House of Dracula's Daughter (1972). She has written two books: "Day With Giants" and "The America We Love."
      Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

      1. "Murder, She Wrote"
      - Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 (1986) TV Episode .... Constance Fletcher
      - Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 (1986) TV Episode .... Constance Fletcher
      2. "Hotel"
      ... aka Arthur Hailey's Hotel
      - Second Offense (1985) TV Episode .... Mrs. Kupchak
      3. "Airwolf"
      ... aka Lobo del aire (USA: Spanish title)
      - Eruption (1985) TV Episode .... Amelia Davenport
      4. "Lou Grant"
      - Hollywood (1979) TV Episode .... Lauren Sinclair
      5. "Fantasy Island"
      - The Wedding (1979) TV Episode .... Mrs. Cummings
      6. "The Love Boat"
      - Marooned: Part 1 (1978) TV Episode .... Beautiful Young Wowman's Mother
      - Marooned: Part 2 (1978) TV Episode .... Beautiful Young Woman's Mother
      7. Return to Fantasy Island (1978) (TV) .... Mrs. Grant
      ... aka Fantasy Island II (USA)
      8. Murder on Flight 502 (1975) (TV) .... Claire Garwood
      9. "Medical Center"
      - Broken Image (1973) TV Episode .... Arelene Gillette
      10. "The F.B.I."
      - Gamble with Death (1969) TV Episode .... Ellen York
      11. "The Name of the Game"
      - The Taker (1968) TV Episode .... Grace Jellicoe
      12. "Wagon Train"
      ... aka Major Adams, Trail Master
      - The Cassie Vance Story (1963) TV Episode .... Cassie Vance
      13. "Burke's Law"
      ... aka Amos Burke, Secret Agent (USA: new title)
      - Who Killed Billy Jo? (1963) TV Episode .... Lisa Cole
      14. "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"
      - Death and the Joyful Woman (1963) TV Episode .... Ruth
      15. "Follow the Sun"
      - Not Aunt Charlotte! (1962) TV Episode
      16. "Checkmate"
      - To the Best of My Knowledge (1961) TV Episode .... Woman
      17. The 3rd Voice (1960) .... Marian Forbes

      18. "Playhouse 90"
      - Dark as the Night (1959) TV Episode .... Lauren Hughes
      - Rendezvous in Black (1956) TV Episode .... Florence Strickland
      19. "Pursuit"
      - Tiger on a Bicycle (1958) TV Episode
      20. "Letter to Loretta"
      ... aka The Loretta Young Show (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Loretta Young Theatre (USA: rerun title)
      - Man in a Hurry (1957) TV Episode .... Karen McCall
      - A Pattern of Deceit (1955) TV Episode .... Sara Lewis
      - Slander (1955) TV Episode .... Carol Potter
      21. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars"
      ... aka Herald Playhouse (USA: syndication title)
      ... aka Schlitz Playhouse (USA: new title)
      ... aka The Playhouse (USA: syndication title)
      - Bitter Parting (1957) TV Episode
      22. "Climax!"
      ... aka Climax Mystery Theater (USA)
      - Walk a Tightrope (1957) TV Episode .... Ellen Parker
      23. "The Ford Television Theatre"
      ... aka Ford Theatre (USA: short title)
      - Torn (1957) TV Episode .... Vicki Hollister
      - The Women Who Dared (1956) TV Episode .... Margaret Allen
      - Too Old for Dolls (1955) TV Episode .... Marge Ramsay
      - The Legal Beagles (1954) TV Episode .... Claire Beagle
      - Turn Back the Clock (1954) TV Episode .... Ann Crawford
      (2 more)
      24. "Lux Video Theatre"
      ... aka Summer Video Theatre (USA: summer title)
      - Possessed (1957) TV Episode
      - Now, Voyager (1956) TV Episode
      - Double Indemnity (1954) TV Episode
      - Call Me Mrs. (1954) TV Episode
      - Women Who Wait (1953) TV Episode
      (2 more)
      25. Three for Jamie Dawn (1956) .... Sue Lorenz
      26. The Toy Tiger (1956) .... Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Taylor
      27. "Celebrity Playhouse"
      - Tomorrow We May Part (1956) TV Episode
      28. "Screen Directors Playhouse"
      - The Final Tribute (1955) TV Episode .... Joyce Carter
      29. "The Jack Benny Program"
      ... aka The Jack Benny Show
      - Jack's Lunch Counter (1955) TV Episode
      30. The High and the Mighty (1954) .... Lydia Rice
      31. "Double Play" (1953) TV Series .... Co-host (1953)
      32. "Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City"
      - Episode #1.2 (1953) TV Episode
      33. "General Electric Theater"
      ... aka G.E. Theatre (USA)
      - Hired Mother (1953) TV Episode
      34. "Your Show of Shows"
      ... aka Sid Caesar's Show of Shows (UK: rerun title)
      - Episode dated 26 May 1951 (1951) TV Episode
      35. "Daydreaming with Laraine" (1951) TV Series .... Host
      36. "Nash Airflyte Theatre"
      ... aka Airflyte Theatre
      - The Crisis (1951) TV Episode
      37. Without Honor (1949) .... Jane Bandle
      ... aka Woman Accused (USA: reissue title)
      38. I Married a Communist (1949) .... Nan Lowry Collins
      ... aka The Woman on Pier 13 (UK)
      39. My Dear Secretary (1949) .... Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord
      40. Tycoon (1947) .... Maura Alexander Munroe
      41. The Locket (1946) .... Nancy Monks Blair Patton
      42. Those Endearing Young Charms (1945) .... Helen Brandt
      43. Keep Your Powder Dry (1945) .... Leigh 'Napoleon' Rand
      44. Bride by Mistake (1944) .... Norah Hunter
      45. The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) .... Madeleine
      46. Mr. Lucky (1943) .... Dorothy Bryant
      47. Journey for Margaret (1942) .... Nora Davis
      48. Fingers at the Window (1942) .... Edwina 'Eddie' Brown
      49. A Yank on the Burma Road (1942) .... Mrs. Gail Farwood
      ... aka China Caravan (UK)
      50. Kathleen (1941) .... Dr. Angela Martha 'Angel' Kent
      51. Unholy Partners (1941) .... Miss 'Croney' Cronin
      52. Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) .... Mary Lamont
      ... aka Mary Names the Day (UK)
      53. The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) .... Nurse Mary Lamont
      ... aka My Life Is Yours (UK)
      54. The Bad Man (1941) .... Lucia Pell
      ... aka Two-Gun Cupid (UK)
      55. The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941) .... Mary Dugan
      56. Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) .... Mary Lamont
      57. Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) .... Nurse Mary Lamont
      58. Foreign Correspondent (1940) .... Carol Fisher
      59. Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940) .... Nurse Mary Lamont
      60. And One Was Beautiful (1940) .... Katherine 'Kate'/'Katie' Lattimer
      61. My Son, My Son (1940) .... Maeve O'Riordan
      62. I Take This Woman (1940) .... Linda Rodgers
      63. The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) .... Nurse Mary Lamont
      64. Think First (1939)
      65. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) .... Mrs. Richard Lancing
      66. Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) .... Nurse Mary Lamont
      67. Sergeant Madden (1939) .... Eileen Daly
      68. Arizona Legion (1939) (as Laraine Johnson) .... Letty Meade
      69. Painted Desert (1938) (as Laraine Johnson) .... Miss Carol Banning
      70. Border G-Man (1938) (as Laraine Johnson) .... Betty Holden
      71. Scandal Street (1938) (as Laraine Johnson) .... Peg Smith
      72. Stella Dallas (1937) (uncredited) .... Girl at resort and on train

      Miscellaneous Crew
      1. Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) (TV) (thanks)

      1. Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock (2004) (V) .... Herself
      2. "To Tell the Truth"
      - Episode dated 11 December 1961 (1961) TV Episode .... Guest Panelist
      3. "What's My Line?"
      - Episode dated 12 January 1958 (1958) TV Episode .... Guest Panelist
      - Episode dated 8 May 1955 (1955) TV Episode .... Guest Panelist
      - Episode dated 1 May 1955 (1955) TV Episode .... Guest Panelist
      - Episode dated 31 May 1953 (1953) TV Episode .... Guest Panelist
      4. "I've Got a Secret" .... Herself/panelist (1952)
      - Episode dated 3 April 1957 (1957) TV Episode .... Celebrity Guest
      5. "Screen Directors Playhouse"
      - Prima Donna (1956) TV Episode .... Herself
      6. "The Name's the Same" (1951) TV Series .... Herself/panelist (1955)
      7. "The Laraine Day Show" (1951) TV Series .... Herself/Host
      8. Mister Gardenia Jones (1942) .... Joanne
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Laraine Day, only made 2 films with Duke:-

      The High and the Mighty (1954) .... Lydia Rice
      Tycoon (1947) .... Maura Alexander Munroe

      I recall playing practical jokes with John Wayne. I once got a whole bunch of keys and had little tags made that said, "If lost, please return to John Wayne, RKO Studios. Reward." And I just dropped them all over town. [He got a lot of] phone calls, people showing up at the studio. He never learned who did it.

      In Tycoon, originally Maureen O'Hara, was pencilled in,
      to be Duke's leading lady, but the RKO producers, cast Laraine, it was a mistake!!
      Laraine, was not Maureen, and there was zero chemistry.
      One had to remember, Day, had emerged as a star in the Dr. Kildare series,
      and was really best suited, to domestic drama.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • I have seen THATM, but the ensemble cast was such that I don't particularly remember Miss Day in that film. It has been so long since I've seen Tycoon that I would have to say the same there. I have never seen her in anything else.

      However, there were some good links - (scroll down to the third entry) (interview)

      Mrs. C :angel1:
    • I'm surprise she still alive. She is getting close to 90 years old. This is really good. I didn’t know all that. I seem to learn more and more everyday.

      Cheers :cool:

      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Laraine Day

      arthurarnell wrote:


      I have just got back from a fleamarket where I picked up some neat photographs including this one:-



      Arthur, I want to go the flea market you go to! Wow! I never see neat stuff like old photos of stars at the flea markets around here.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Chester :newyear: