Molly O'Day

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Molly O'Day
Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Richard Barthelmess Molly O'Day 1928.jpg
O'Day and Richard Barthelmess in The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1928)
Born(1909-10-16)October 16, 1909
DiedOctober 15, 1998(1998-10-15) (aged 88)
OccupationFilm actress
Spouse(s)Jack Durant (1934-1951; divorced); 4 children
James Kenaston (1952-1956; divorced)
RelativesSally O'Neil (sister)

Molly O'Day (October 16, 1909[1] – October 15, 1998), born Suzanne Dobson Noonan, was an American film actress and the younger sister of Sally O'Neil.[2]


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.[3]

O'Day's 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.

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.[4] Also in 1928, she had surgery to "remove several pounds of flesh from her hips and legs."[5] 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."[5]

After appearing in a few dozen films in the 1930s she retired.


O'Day has a star at 1708 Vine Street in the Motion Pictures category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.[6]

Personal life[edit]

O'Day married actor Jack Durant in 1934 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.[7] They divorced July 10, 1951, in Los Angeles, California.[8]


O'Day died in Avila Beach, California, one day before her 89th birthday.


On the cover of Motion Picture (July 1928)
Year Title Role Notes
1926 45 Minutes from Hollywood Short
1927 The Patent Leather Kid Curley Boyle, the Golden Dancer
1927 Hard-Boiled Haggerty Germaine Benoit
1927 The Lovelorn Ann Hastings
1928 The Shepherd of the Hills Sammy Lane
1928 The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Melissa Turner
1929 The Show of Shows Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
1930 Sisters Molly Shannon
1931 Sea Devils Ann McCall
1931 Sob Sister Daisy
1932 Devil on Deck Kay Wheeler
1933 Playthings of Desire Renee Grant
1933 Get That Venus Belle
1933 Gigolettes of Paris Paulette
1934 Hired Wife' Pat Sullivan
1934 Chloe, Love Is Calling You Joyce Gordon
1934 The Life of Vergie Winters Sadie
1935 Bars of Hate Gertie
1935 The Law of 45's Joan Hayden
1935 Lawless Border Mary Warren
1935 Skull and Crown Ann Norton (final film role)


  1. ^ Obituary. "".
  2. ^ "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 open access
  3. ^ Villecco, Tony (2001). Silent Stars Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers. McFarland. p. 122. ISBN 9780786482092. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  4. ^ Thomas, Dan (July 11, 1934). "The Tough Job of Being a Prophet in Hollywood". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Illinois, Edwardsville. p. 5.
  5. ^ a b "Pound of Flesh". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Associated Press. September 3, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved October 19, 2016 – via open access
  6. ^ "Molly O'Day". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Molly O'Day, Screen Player, Weds Actor". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Associated Press. December 17, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved October 19, 2016 – via open access
  8. ^ "Divorces". Billboard. July 28, 1951. p. 48. Retrieved 19 October 2016.

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