Laraine Day

D.O.B: Oct 13, 1920 | Roosevelt, Utah, USA

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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.

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 Janes adopted son Boy in Tarzan Finds a Son. Her break came in 1939, with the wildly popular Dr Kildare sequels. Day played Kildares nurse and love interest in the third through ninth Kildare movies, until her character married the doctor in Dr. Kildares 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 Hitchcocks Foreign Correspondent it was Day who encouraged Joel McCrea to give his stirring report of the air raid at the films climax Hitchcocks 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.