Nell O'Day and Robert Quirk in The Road to Ruin (1934)
September 22, 1909|
Prairie Hill, Texas, USA
January 3, 1989 (aged 79)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born in Prairie Hill, Texas, O'Day was a good-looking woman, and had her first screen roles in the 1920s as a teenager. Her first starring role was in 1932 when she starred in Rackety Rax opposite Victor McLaglen and Greta Nissan. From 1933 through 1940 she would star in nineteen films, with only a small number of those being western films. Starting in 1941 she began starring in roles placing her as the heroine in westerns, often opposite Johnny Mack Brown, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Max Terhune, and John 'Dusty' King.
In 1942 she starred as the heroine in several cliffhanger episodes of Perils of the Royal Mounted. In 1943, under contract with Republic Pictures, she began starring in the serial films the Three Mesquiteers, alongside Bob Steele, Tom Tyler and Jimmie Dodd. Her last starring western role was in 1943, in the film Boss of Rawhide, opposite Dave O'Brien. She made one more movie, a non-western, in 1946 when she starred in The Story of Kenneth W. Randall M.D., but concentrated mostly on writing screenplays and stage plays.
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