Betty Corday

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Betty Corday
Born Elizabeth Shay
(1912-03-21)March 21, 1912
Died November 17, 1987(1987-11-17) (aged 75)
Known for Days of Our Lives
Spouse(s) Ted Corday
Children Ken Corday
Betty Corday with husband Ted Corday in the 1940s

Betty Corday (née Elizabeth Shay, March 21, 1912 — November 17, 1987) was a Broadway dramatic actress and long-time American television producer. She co-created and executive produced the long running NBC drama Days of Our Lives from 1966 until her death in 1987.



Betty Corday, mother of Ken Corday, had previously been a Broadway stage actress, starring in "one flop after another" before marrying her husband, a former lawyer and a then-recent migrant from Alberta, Canada. They were married from 1942 until his death in 1966.


Corday produced such radio soaps as Pepper Young's Family and Young Dr. Malone.


Becoming executive producer after the death of her husband, Ted Corday (and being credited as Mrs. Ted Corday), she was the executive producer of Days of Our Lives from 1966 to 1985. She semi-retired in 1985, turning control over to her son, Ken. She kept the title of executive producer until her death in November 1987. In addition to her work on Days of our Lives, Corday was also a consultant for The Young and the Restless.

Executive Producing Tenure[edit]

Preceded by
Ted Corday
Executive Producer of Days of Our Lives
(with H. Wesley Kenney: April 20, 1977 – January 18, 1980)
(with Al Rabin: January 21, 1980 – December 31, 1987)
(with Ken Corday: May 12, 1986 – December 31, 1987)

August 3, 1966 – December 31, 1987
Succeeded by
Ken Corday
Al Rabin