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American actress Laraine Day portrayed steadfast women in Hollywood films of the 1940s, including nurse Mary Lamont in seven Dr. Kildare movies.
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Laraine Day was born October 13, 1920 in Roosevelt, Utah. In the 1940s, her most memorable role was that of nurse Mary Lamont in Dr. Kildare movies. Though her early contract with MGM, she was often relegated to roles in B films, but her loan to other studios allowed her to work with directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille. From the 1950s to the 1980s, she appeared primarily on TV.
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