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Laraine Day
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    (October 13, 1920-November 10, 2007)
    Born in Roosevelt, Utah
    Birth name was La Raine Johnson
    Acted in 'Foreign Correspondent,' 'My Son, My Son,' 'Journey for Margaret,' 'Mr. Lucky,' 'The Locket,' and 'The Bad Man'
    Portrayed Nurse Mary Lamont in the 'Dr. Kildare' films (1939-41)
    She married three times.
    She was a Goldwater Republican.
    Her birth date was listed as 1917 by the studio to maker her older (she was signed at the age of sixteen).
    She starred in 'I Married a Communist,' which Howard Hughes famously used to red-bait RKO players and directors.
    She liked to pull practical jokes on her castmates (e.g. having a bunch of keys made with a tag reading 'If lost, please return to John Wayne, RKO Studios. Reward' and dropping them all over town).
    Her family threatened a libel suit of a John F. Kennedy biographer after he reported a claim that she had been intimately involved with the future President in the early fifties (2009).
    She was a proud Mormon and was open about her faith.
    She made her screen debut with a bit part in 'Stella Dallas.'
    She adopted three children with her first husband.
    She was married for to baseball manager Leo Durocher for 13 years.
    She took such an active interest in baseball through her husband's job that she became known as 'The First Lady of Baseball.'
    She was contractually relegated to B-movie and serial programs by MGM, losing out on roles in 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'Sorry Wrong Number' as a result.
    She was told by MGM that if she agreed to take a supporting role in 'Keep Your Powder Dry' that she would be cast in a leading role opposite Robert Taylor. They cast Katharine Hepburn instead, and she left MGM in protest.

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