Laraine Day

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Laraine Day
Laraine Day - Yank.jpg
BornLa Raine Johnson
(1920-10-13)October 13, 1920
Roosevelt, Utah, U.S.
DiedNovember 10, 2007(2007-11-10) (aged 87)
Ivins, Utah, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Other namesLaraine Jonson
EducationLong Beach Polytechnic High School
Years active1937–1986
Spouse(s)Ray Hendricks (m. 1942; div. 1947)
Leo Durocher (m. 1948; div. 1960)
Michael Grilikhes (m. 1960)
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Not to be confused with Lorraine Day.
Laraine Day
Laraine Day - Yank.jpg
BornLa Raine Johnson
(1920-10-13)October 13, 1920
Roosevelt, Utah, U.S.
DiedNovember 10, 2007(2007-11-10) (aged 87)
Ivins, Utah, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Other namesLaraine Jonson
EducationLong Beach Polytechnic High School
Years active1937–1986
Spouse(s)Ray Hendricks (m. 1942; div. 1947)
Leo Durocher (m. 1948; div. 1960)
Michael Grilikhes (m. 1960)

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


Day was born La Raine Johnson in Roosevelt, Utah, one of eight children in an affluent Mormon family. She had a twin brother, Lamar.[2] The family later moved to California where she began her acting career with the Long Beach Players. She was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California.

In 1937, Day 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, and became 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! (1940). She also 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. In 1941 she was voted the number one "star of tomorrow" in Hollywood.[3]

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). During a time when she had a break in her film career she made her stage debut opposite Gregory Peck in the national theatre tour of Angel Street. She also made other stage appearances in Lost Horizon, the 1973 revival of The Women, and a revival of The Time of the Cuckoo.[4] In the 1940s she made guest appearances on radio in both Lux Radio Theatre and The Screen Guild Theater.

Personal life[edit]

In Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Day's first marriage was to singer turned airport executive, James Ray Hendricks in 1942.[5] The couple adopted three children: Christopher, Angela and Michelle.[6] Day filed for divorce from Hendricks in December 1946.[7] Day was granted an interlocutory divorce from Hendricks on January 20, 1947, which required her to wait one year before remarrying.[8]

On January 21, 1947, Day traveled to Juarez, Mexico where she received a second divorce decree. Later that day, she traveled to El Paso, Texas, where she married baseball manager Leo Durocher. Upon returning to California, the judge who granted Day's interlocutory divorce from Hendricks stated that the Mexican divorce she received was not legal and, since she failed to wait the one year period for her divorce to become final, deemed her Texas marriage illegal as well. After waiting approximately one year, Day and Durocher remarried on February 16, 1948, in Santa Monica, California.[9] During her marriage to Durocher, Day was often referred to as "The First Lady of Baseball". While Durocher was managing the New York Giants, she wrote, Day With the Giants (1952).[10] In 1952, she wrote and published another book entitled The America We Love. She was also the host of Day With the Giants, a 15-minute television interview program broadcast before New York Giants home games. Day and Durocher divorced in June 1960.[11]

On March 7, 1961, Day married television producer Michael Grilikhes. She and Grilikhes had two daughters, Dana Laraine (born November 13, 1962) and Gigi (born October 6, 1964).[12][13] After their births, Day rarely appeared in films, and only occasionally appeared on TV, usually portraying matronly types.


Day was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Day's fame mostly coincided with her dedication to Mormonism. Throughout her life she never swore, smoked, or drank any kind of alcohol, coffee or tea. Until her death in 2007 she retained her Mormon faith stating that, "It brings me comfort in a confusing world".[14]

In 1961 she appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their production of Let Freedom Ring which was an inspirational one hour program dedicated to the spirit of American Freedom.[15]

Later years and death[edit]

In October 1960, Day appeared in the Nixon-Lodge Bumper Sticker Motorcade Campaign in Los Angeles along with Ginger Rogers, Cesar Romero, Irene Dunne, Dick Powell, Mary Pickford and John Payne.[16]

In the 1970s she was the spokesperson for the Make America Better campaign and traveled across the country sharing her views on environmental issues.[17] In that same period of time she was active in establishing a playhouse in Los Angeles for Mormon actors and she helped bring Ray Bradbury's work the attention of the public.

Day had moved back to her native Utah in March 2007 following the death of her third husband. She died at her daughter Gigi's home in Ivins, Utah, on November 10, 2007, at the age of 87.[2] Following her death her body was taken back to California and on November 15, 2007, a memorial service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

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


1937Stella DallasGirl at Resort and on TrainUncredited
1938Scandal StreetPeg SmithCredited as Laraine Johnson
1938Border G-ManBetty HoldenCredited as Laraine Johnson
1938Painted DesertMiss Carol BanningCredited as Laraine Johnson
1939Arizona LegionLetty MeadeCredited as Laraine Johnson
1939Sergeant MaddenEileen Daly
1939Calling Dr. KildareMary Lamont
1939Tarzan Finds a Son!Mrs. Richard Lancing
1939Think FirstMarjorie (Margie) SmithShort subject
1939The Secret of Dr. KildareNurse Mary Lamont
1940I Take This WomanLinda Rodgers
1940My Son, My Son!Maeve O'Riorden
1940And One Was BeautifulKate Lattimer
1940Dr. Kildare's Strange CaseNurse Mary Lamont
1940Foreign CorrespondentCarol Fisher
1940Dr. Kildare Goes HomeMary Lamont
1940Dr. Kildare's CrisisMary Lamont
1941The Trial of Mary DuganMary Dugan
1941The Bad ManLucia Pell
1941The People vs. Dr. KildareNurse Mary Lamont
1941Dr. Kildare's Wedding DayMary Lamont
1941Unholy PartnersMiss 'Croney' Cronin
1941KathleenDr. Angela Martha "Angel" Kent
1942A Yank on the Burma RoadMrs. Gail Farwood
1942Dr. Kildare's VictoryMary Lamont in photoUncredited
1942Fingers at the WindowEdwina Brown
1942Mister Gardenia JonesJoanne
1942Journey for MargaretNora Jones
1943Mr. LuckyDorothy Bryant
1944The Story of Dr. WassellMadeleine
1944Bride by MistakeNorah Hunter
1945Keep Your Powder DryLeigh Rand
1945Those Endearing Young CharmsHelen Brandt
1946The LocketNancy
1948My Dear SecretaryStephanie "Steve" Gaylord
1949I Married a CommunistNan Lowry CollinsAlternative titles: The Woman on Pier 13
Beautiful But Dangerous
1949Without HonorJane BandleAlternative title: Woman Accused
1954The High and the MightyLydia Rice
1956The Toy TigerGwendolyn "Gwen" Taylor
1956Three for Jamie DawnSue Lorenz
1960The 3rd VoiceMarian Forbes
1951Nash Airflyte TheatreEpisode: "The Crisis"
1951-1957Lux Video TheatreVarious roles7 episodes
1952-1957The Ford Television TheatreVarious roles7 episodes
1953Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the CityEpisode #1.2
1953General Electric TheaterEpisode: "Hired Mother"
1955Screen Directors PlayhouseJoyce CarterEpisode: "The Final Tribute"
1955-1957The Loretta Young ShowVarious roles3 episodes
1956Celebrity PlayhouseHolly's MotherSegment: " Tomorrow We May Part"
1956-1959Playhouse 90Various roles2 episodes
1957Climax!Ellen ParkerEpisode: "Walk a Tightrope"
1957Schlitz Playhouse of StarsMrs. LorenzEpisode: "Bitter Parting"
1957PursuitKathy NelsonEpisode: "Tiger on a Bicycle"
1958Swiss Family RobinsonMotherTelevision film
1958RendezvousEpisode: "Alone"
1960Moment of FearEpisode: "Cage of Air"
1961CheckmateWomanEpisode: "To the Best of My Recollection"
1962Follow the SunAunt CharlotteEpisode: " Not Aunt Charlotte!"
1962The New BreedVivian CowleyEpisode: "A Motive Named Walter"
1963The Alfred Hitchcock HourRuthEpisode: "Death and the Joyful Woman"
1963Burke's LawLisa ColeEpisode: "Who Killed Billy Jo?"
1963Wagon TrainCassie VanceEpisode: "The Cassie Vance Story"
1967The World: Color It HappyTelevision film
1968The Name of the GameGrace JellicoeEpisode: "The Taker"
1969The F.B.I.Ellen YorkEpisode: "Gamble with Death"
1972The Sixth SenseMarion FordEpisode: "The Heart That Wouldn't Stay Buried"
1973Medical CenterArelene GilletteEpisode: "Broken Image"
1975Murder on Flight 502Claire GarwoodTelevision film
1978The Love BoatVera Simpson2 episodes
1978-1979Fantasy IslandVarious roles2 episodes
1979Lou GrantLaura SinclairEpisode: "Hollywood"
1985AirwolfAmelia DavenportEpisode: "Eruption"
1985HotelMrs. KupchakEpisode: "Second Offense"
1986Murder, She WroteConstance Fletcher2 episodes


  1. ^ Laraine Day, ‘B+ Movie’ Star, Dies at 87
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Myrna (November 12, 2007). "Laraine Day, 87; 'Dr. Kildare' film actress had love of baseball". Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "CUPID'S INFLUENCE ON THE FILM BOX-OFFICE.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 4 October 1941. p. 7 Supplement: The Argus Week-end Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Laraine Day". November 14, 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Laraine Day, Husband Adopt Third Child, Boy". The Milwaukee Journal. October 3, 1946. p. 12. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ MacPherson, Virginia (December 5, 1946). "Irate Husband Calls Curocher Love Thief". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "'The Lip' and Actress Incur Judge's Ire; Now Live Apart". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. January 23, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Laraine Day and Lippy Wed Again". The Owosso Argus-Press. February 16, 1948. p. 12. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leo Durocher and Laraine Day Husband-Wife Team of 1952". Oxnard Press-Courier. June 6, 1952. pp. 6–!. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Laraine Day Divorces Leo". The Miami News. June 15, 1960. pp. 10–A. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Laraine Day Has Baby Girl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 14, 1962. p. 9. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Daughter Born to Laraine Day". St. Joseph Gazette. October 7, 1964. p. 5. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bergan, Ronald (2007-11-13). "Laraine Day". Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir Discography - 04/03/2009
  16. ^ Harrison, Scott (May 15, 2012). "Get your Nixon bumper stickers!". Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  17. ^ Day, Laraine (October 1971). "Improving Our Environment". Ensign. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 

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