Laraine Day

December 10, 2020 0 Comments

Laraine was born October 13, 1920 in Roosevelt, Utah. Her birth name was Laraine Johnson.

She was 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 she 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.

She was an attractive, engaging performer and 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”. Often portrayed women who were career oriented or matronly

She was an above average student, had a ladylike demeanor and a Soft spoken voice.

She had three adopted children from her marriage to Ray Hendricks. She was Mother of Chris Durocher.

She had a twin brother, Lamar, who served as an infantry cook in the United States Army during World War II between 1942 and 1946 and later made a living as a stand-up comedian for various cruise ship lines. He died on May 17, 2012 in Chico, California, at his daughter’s home at age 91.

Had one daughter with Leo Durocher, Melinda Michele Thompson Durocher (January 7, 1944 – May 20, 2012), who resided in Rathdrum, Idaho, and had eight children and 18 grandchildren.

She was a committed Republican.

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