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Laraine Day professional papers, 1900-1989

Identifier: MSS 2351 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains the professional papers of Laraine Day related to her career as an actress in the film industry, including publicity, fashion, and motion picture stills photographs, motion picture programs, correspondence, contracts, clippings, scrapbooks, awards, and publications. Includes audiovisual materials, including film reels of major motion pictures, audiotapes of various programs, and homemade movies. Also contains clippings, photographs, publications, party invitations, and other materials related to Day's involvement with major league baseball while married to Leo Durocher, who at the time was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. Materials dated 1900 to 1989.


  • 1900-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access. Some photographs kept in cold storage; requires 24 hours advance notice to access.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Laraine Day was born October 13, 1920 in Roosevelt, Utah to Clarence Irwin Johnson and Ada Mayrich Rich Johnson. When she was young, her parents moved to Long Beach, where she began an acting career with the Long Beach Players. Her film debut was in 1937 with a small part in "Stella Dallas." She moved to Beverly Hills as she rose in stardom, and remained there for most her life. She is best known for Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" and her recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series. She was married three times, first to singer Ray Hendricks (1942-1947), then to baseball manager Leo Durocher (1948-1960), and finally to TV producer Michel Grilikhes (1961-2007). She adopted children with her first two husbands, and had two biological daughters with Michel, Dana and Gigi. During the later part of her career, she became active in SHARE inc., a charitable organization benefitting handicapped individuals. She was also active in the Make America Better campaign in the 1970s. Following the death of Michel, she moved back to Utah in 2007 to be near her daughter Gigi. Laraine Day passed away November 10, 2007 in Ivins, Utah.


10 folders

14 boxes

19 oversize folders

1 carton

6 oversize boxes

26 film boxes

56 online resource

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically and alphabetically thereafter.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of audiovisual recordings available in the reference room.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States