|Born||(1909-09-22)September 22, 1909|
Prairie Hill, Texas, USA
|Died||January 3, 1989(1989-01-03) (aged 79)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
Her first starring role was in 1932 when she starred in Rackety Rax opposite Victor McLaglen and Greta Nissan. From 1933 through 1940 she would star in nineteen films, with only a small number of those being western films. Starting in 1941 she began starring in roles placing her as the heroine in westerns, often opposite Johnny Mack Brown, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Max Terhune, and John 'Dusty' King.
In 1942 she starred as the heroine in several cliffhanger episodes of Perils of the Royal Mounted. In 1943, under contract with Republic Pictures, she began starring in the serial films the Three Mesquiteers, alongside Bob Steele, Tom Tyler and Jimmie Dodd. Her last starring role was in 1943, in the film Boss of the Rawhide, opposite Dave O'Brien. She had one more role, in 1946 when she starred in The Story of Kenneth W. Randall M.D., but concentrated mostly on writing screenplays and stage plays.
She spent the rest of her life writing for stage and screen. She died of a heart attack on January 3, 1989, in Los Angeles, California.
|Date of birth||September 22, 1909|
|Place of birth||Prairie Hill, Texas|
|Date of death||January 3, 1989|
|Place of death||Los Angeles, California|
I would have said "series films" for "The Three Mesquiteers" rather than "serial films", to avoid confusion with what are here called "cliffhangers".
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In the 1930's, blondes were very popular and Nell O'Day was one of the blondes. She was still working in the movies as well as on stage in the early forties, but ended up working behind the scenes. Fans of classic comedy films will remember her from her early roles in two - reel comedies with Harry Langdon and Shemp Howard
Nell O'Day in 1929 Paramount theaters production of LACES AND GRACES
Label added by an ebay seller.
And a note of explanation by Nell O'Day herself.
Some early publicity photos.
Nell O'Day was co-author of the 1944 PRC movie THE MONSTER MAKER with her husband Larry
In later years, Nell O'Day was interviewed and archival audio featuring her was used in a Harry Landgon DVD set, THE HARRY LANGDON COLLECTION: LOST AND FOUND.
THE HARRY LANGDON COLLECTION: LOST AND FOUND:
THE MONSTER MAKER: