October 16, 1911|
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||October 22, 1998
Avila Beach, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jack Durant (1934-1951; divorced); 4 children
James Kenaston (1952-1956; divorced)
|Parents||Judge Thomas Francis Patrick Noonan
|Relatives||Sally O'Neil (sister)|
Born as Suzanne Dobson Noonan in Bayonne, New Jersey, she was the youngest of eleven children of Judge Thomas Francis Patrick Noonan and his wife, Hannah Kelly, a Metropolitan Opera singer. After their father's death, O'Day and her two sisters moved to Hollywood. One of the sisters was actress Sally O'Neil. Her first appearance was in the Laurel and Hardy short 45 Minutes from Hollywood in 1926. She also appeared in Hal Roach's Our Gang series, and like her sister became one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1928. After appearing in a few dozen films in the 1930s she retired. Only 16, she defeated 2,000 contenders in an audition for the tough girl heroine in the 1927 prizefighter movie The Patent Leather Kid. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
O'Day died in Avila Beach, California, aged 87.
- 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926) short subject
- The Patent Leather Kid (1927)
- The Lovelorn (1927)
- Hard-Boiled Haggerty (1927)
- Shepherd of the Hills (1928)
- The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1928)
- The Show of Shows (1929)
- Gigolettes of Paris (1933)
- Playthings of Desire (1933)
- Skull and Crown (1935)
- The Law of 45's (1935)
- Molly O'Day at the Internet Movie Database
- Hollywood Walk of Fame webpage
- Obituary in the L.A. Times
- Molly O'Day at Virtual History
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