Rita Corday

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Rita Corday
Rita Corday (right) with film writer and critic Norbert Lusk (1946)
Born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset
(1920-10-20)October 20, 1920
Died November 23, 1992(1992-11-23) (aged 72)
Century City, Los Angeles, US
Other names Paula Corday
Paule Croset
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–1956
Spouse(s) Harold Nebenzal
(married 1947–1992)
Children Daniel M. (b. 1957)
Deborah (b. 1960)

Rita Corday (born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset; October 20, 1920 – November 23, 1992) was an American actress.[1] She appeared in 30 films during the 1940s and 1950s. She was sometimes billed as Paula Corday[2] or Paule Croset.

Early years[edit]

Rita Corday was born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset[3] in Tahiti, where her Swiss parents[4][a] were diplomats.[6][b] She received theatrical training in Switzerland, Paris and Shanghai.[7]


In 1942, RKO Pictures signed Corday to a long-term contract.[8][7] She made her first film appearance in January 1943, in Hitler's Children.[9][6] During her career in Hollywood, she appeared mostly in second features. In her later films she was billed as Paula Corday or Paule Croset.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1943, Corday announced her engagement to Navy Ensign Marshall Buell.[10] She married producer Harold Nebenzal[11] in 1947,[12] and retired to raise a family.


Corday died November 21, 1992,[13] after surgery, from complications of diabetes.[6] Survivors included a daughter, Deborah Corday; a son, Daniel Nebenzal; and a brother, Gaston Croset.[13]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1943 Hitler's Children Young matron Uncredited[9]
1943 Falcon Strikes Back, TheThe Falcon Strikes Back Mia Bruger [9]
1943 Mr. Lucky Girl Uncredited[9]
1943 Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event [9]
1943 Adventures of a Rookie, TheThe Adventures of a Rookie Ruth - Party Guest [9]
1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway Model Uncredited[9]
1943 Gangway for Tomorrow Georgine Uncredited[9]
1943 Government Girl Girl in Hotel Lobby Uncredited[9]
1943 Falcon and the Co-eds, TheThe Falcon and the Co-eds Marguerita Serena [9]
1944 Girl Rush Member of troupe Uncredited[9]
1944 Falcon in Hollywood, TheThe Falcon in Hollywood Lili D'Allio [9]
1945 Pan-Americana Pan American girl Uncredited[9]
1945 Body Snatcher, TheThe Body Snatcher Mrs. Marsh [9]
1945 What a Blonde Sonya Uncredited[9]
1945 Falcon in San Francisco, TheThe Falcon in San Francisco Joan Marshall [9]
1945 West of the Pecos Suzanne [9]
1946 Truth About Murder, TheThe Truth About Murder Peggy [9]
1946 Falcon's Alibi, TheThe Falcon's Alibi Joan Meredith [9]
1946 Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Mona Clyde
1947 Exile, TheThe Exile Katie Credited as Paule Croset[9]
1951 Sword of Monte Cristo, TheThe Sword of Monte Cristo Lady Christiane Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1951 Too Young to Kiss Denise Dorcet Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 You for Me Lucille Brown Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 Because You're Mine Francesca Landers Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 Black Castle, TheThe Black Castle Elga Von Bruno Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1954 French Line, TheThe French Line Celeste Credited as Paula Corday[9]


  1. ^ Another source says Corday had a "French mother and Swiss father".[5]
  2. ^ Another source says that Corday was the "daughter of a traveling representative of a Swiss Watch firm" but adds that "her father remains a neutral representing his country" in Shanghai.[7]


  1. ^ "Rita Corday". New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 117. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Erskine (April 6, 1943). "In Hollywood". The Evening News. p. 6. Retrieved October 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Fidler, Jimmy (October 10, 1942). "Hollywood Roundup". The Evening Standard. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "(photo caption)". The Franklin Evening Star. April 6, 1943. p. 6. Retrieved October 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b c "Obituary: Rita Corday; Appeared in B Movies". Los Angeles Times. 1992-12-10. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  7. ^ a b c "Rita Corday Gets Long-Term Offer From RKO Studio". The Waco News-Tribune. October 23, 1942. p. 13. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Rita Corday — Name Means Ball of Light". The Des Moines Register. June 25, 1944. p. 49. Retrieved October 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Rita Corday". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  10. ^ Carroll, Harrison (March 27, 1943). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Wilkes-Barre Record. p. 16. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P.273.
  12. ^ "Marriages". Billboard. November 29, 1947. p. 46. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Rita Corday". Variety. December 9, 1992. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 

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