Actress Laraine Day, Nov. 10 Laraine Day, the actress best remembered for her portrayal of Lew Ayres' fiancee in a series of 1940s Dr. Kildare movies, died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in Ivins , Utah. She was 87. The actress made more than four dozen films from the late 1930s to 1960, working opposite such luminaries as Ayres, Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Joel McCrea and Kirk Douglas. In addition to the Kildare series, she demonstrated solid acting ability in such films as Alfred Hitchcock's noir Foreign Correspondent and her personal favorites, 1943's Mr. Lucky with Grant and the 1946 psychological drama The Locket with Mitchum. Yet she failed to become a Hollywood superstar. Studio executives pigeonholed the dark-haired actress as "attractive ordinary" and seldom paired her with top directors who could have boosted her career. "Let someone else be the world's greatest actress," she said with characteristic geniality in 1953. "I'll be the world's greatest baseball fan." The actress' affinity for baseball came out of her second marriage to Leo Durocher, the legendary manager of what were then the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. She was later acclaimed "the first lady of baseball."
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