Molly O'Day

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Molly O'Day
Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Richard Barthelmess Molly O'Day 1928.jpg
Molly O'Day and Richard Barthelmess in The Little Shepherd of Kingdom come, 1928
Born (1911-10-16)October 16, 1911
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Died October 22, 1998(1998-10-22) (aged 87)
Avila Beach, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film actress
Spouse(s) Jack Durant (1934-1951; divorced); 4 children
James Kenaston (1952-1956; divorced)
Parent(s) Judge Thomas Francis Patrick Noonan
Hannah Kelly
Relatives Sally O'Neil (sister)

Molly O'Day (October 16, 1911 – October 22, 1998) was an American film actress and the younger sister of Sally O'Neil.

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.

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