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Known Credits: 47

Birthday: 1920-10-13

Day of Death: 2007-11-10

Place of Birth: Roosevelt, Utah, USA

Adult Actor: False

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Laraine Day

Biography

Laraine Day, born La Raine Johnson, was a major movie star of the 1940s and '50s. Raised in Utah as part of a prominent Mormon family, she came to Hollywood as a young woman, and made her film debut with an uncredited role in Stella Dallas. Before she was famous she also played the birth-mother of Tarzan and Jane's adopted son "Boy" in Tarzan Finds a Son. Her break came in 1939, with the wildly popular "Dr Kildare" sequels. Day played Kildare's nurse and love interest in the third through ninth Kildare movies, until her character married the doctor in Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day. As Mrs Kildare, she was written out of the next, and last, Kildare feature. In 1942, she starred with Ayres again in the underrated axe murder melodrama Fingers at the Window. Over subsequent decades, her memorable films included the flashback-within-flashback-within-flashback drama The Locket, the gangster comedy Mr Lucky, and the campy paranoia piece I Married A Communist. She was among the all-star passengers in the overwrought airliner-in-peril drama The High and the Mighty, and in Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent it was Day who encouraged Joel McCrea to give his stirring report of the air raid at the film's climax Hitchcock's thinly-veiled plea for America to enter World War II. When television became a viable income source, Day found the small screen more inviting and less time-consuming than making movies, and she became primarily a TV actress. She had a 15-minute series of uplifting vignettes called Daydreaming with Laraine, and another 15-minute daily celebrity chat show called The Laraine Day Show. Married to New York Giants manager Leo Durocher, Day became one of TV's first female sports reporters when she hosted Day with the Giants, an early 1950s baseball talk show with Giants' players that aired on New York City's Channel 11. Her last film was a low-budget thriller, The Third Voice, in 1960, but she continued taking occasional guest roles on TV series Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder, She Wrote, etc. through the mid-1980s. Following her retierment she spent the remainder of her life active in the Mormon church, Republican politics, and various charity related work. Upon the death of her third husband Michael Grilikhes in March 2007 she moved back to her native Utah where she died that November at age 87. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA.​

Acting
1984 Murder, She Wrote - (2 episodes)
1984 Airwolf - (1 episode)
1983 Hotel - (1 episode)
1975 Murder on Flight 502 as Claire Garwood
1972 The Sixth Sense - (1 episode)
1969 Medical Center - (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. - (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law - (1 episode)
1961 The New Breed - (1 episode)
1960 The 3rd Voice as Marian Forbes
1956 Three for Jamie Dawn as Sue Lorenz
1956 The Toy Tiger as Gwendolyn Taylor
1954 Climax! - (1 episode)
1954 The High and the Mighty as Lydia Rice
1953 Letter to Loretta - (3 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater - (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre - (7 episodes)
1950 Your Show of Shows - (1 episode)
1949 Without Honor as Jane Bandle
1949 The Woman on Pier 13 as Nan Lowry Collins
1949 My Dear Secretary as Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord
1947 Tycoon as Maura Alexander Munroe
1946 The Locket as Nancy Monks Blair Patton
1945 Keep Your Powder Dry as Leigh Rand
1944 Bride by Mistake as Norah Hunter
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell as Madeleine
1943 Mr. Lucky as Dorothy Bryant
1942 Journey for Margaret as Nora Davis
1942 Fingers at the Window as Edwina 'Eddie' Brown
1942 A Yank on the Burma Road as Mrs. Gail Farwood
1941 Unholy Partners as Miss 'Croney' Cronin
1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day as Mary Lamont
1941 The People Vs. Dr. Kildare as Nurse Mary Lamont
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Mary Lamont
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Mary Lamont
1940 Foreign Correspondent as Carol Fisher
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as Nurse Mary Lamont
1940 And One Was Beautiful as Kate Lattimer
1940 My Son, My Son!
1940 I Take This Woman as Linda Rodgers
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Nurse Mary Lamont
1939 Tarzan Finds a Son! as Mrs. Richard Lancing
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Nurse Mary Lamont
1939 Sergeant Madden as Eileen Daly
1937 Stella Dallas as Girl at Soda Shop / Train Passenger (uncredited)
1900 Let Freedom Ring - (0 episodes)