O'Day and Richard Barthelmess in The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1928)
October 16, 1911|
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||October 15, 1998
Avila Beach, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jack Durant (1934-1951; divorced); 4 children
James Kenaston (1952-1956; divorced)
|Relatives||Sally O'Neil (sister)|
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, she was the youngest of 11 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. Besides O'Neil, another sister, Isabelle, also acted in films.
Only 16, she defeated 2,000 contenders in an audition for the tough girl heroine in the 1927 prizefighter movie The Patent Leather Kid
Like O'Neil in 1926, O'Day became one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1928. Also in 1928, she had surgery to "remove several pounds of flesh from her hips and legs." An Associated Press news story reported: "The actress has been gaining weight steadily for the last year and although under contract to a film studio has been idle. Her excessive weight was the cause of her lack of work, Miss O'Day said, and after other flesh reducing methods failed she decided on the surgeon's knife as the final resort."
After appearing in a few dozen films in the 1930s she retired.
O'Day died in Avila Beach, California, one day before her 87th birthday.
- 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)
- Sea Devils (1931)
- Sob Sister (1931)
- Devil on Deck (1932)
- Get That Venus (1933)
- Gigolettes of Paris (1933)
- Playthings of Desire (1933)
- Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934)
- The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
- Skull and Crown (1935)
- The Law of 45's (1935)
- Bars of Hate (1935)
- "Easy Come, Easy Go in Movies; Sisters Now Are Bankrupt". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. United Press. November 10, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved October 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Villecco, Tony (2001). Silent Stars Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers. McFarland. p. 122. ISBN 9780786482092. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Thomas, Dan (July 11, 1934). "The Tough Job of Being a Prophet in Hollywood". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Illinois, Edwardsville. p. 5.
- "Pound of Flesh". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Associated Press. September 3, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved October 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Molly O'Day". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Molly O'Day, Screen Player, Weds Actor". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Associated Press. December 17, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved October 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Divorces". Billboard. July 28, 1951. p. 48. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
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