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December 3, 2020

Gorgeous Photos of American Actress Marceline Day in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1908 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, American actress Marceline Day began her film career after her sister Alice Day became a featured actress as one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties in one and two-reel comedies for Keystone Studios. She made her first film appearance with her sister in the 1924 Mack Sennett comedy Picking Peaches.

In 1926, Day was named one of the 13 WAMPAS Baby Stars, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored 13 young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. The publicity from the campaign added to Day’s popularity, and in 1927, she appeared opposite John Barrymore in the romantic adventure The Beloved Rogue.

Day is probably best recalled for her appearances in the 1927 Tod Browning directed horror classic London After Midnight with Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, her role as Sally Richards in the 1928 comedy The Cameraman with Buster Keaton, and the 1929 drama The Jazz Age with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

By the late 1920s, Day’s career had eclipsed the career of her sister Alice, who also was a popular actress. The two would appear together onscreen again in the 1929 musical The Show of Shows.

Although Day transitioned into sound films with little problem, her film roles gradually became lesser in quality, and she began working primarily for lower-rung film studios. By 1933, she made the transition back to the Western genre and appeared in her last film The Fighting Parson in the same year.

After her retirement, Day rarely spoke of her years as an actress and never spoke to reporters or granted interviews. In 2000, she was found dead in her kitchen in Cathedral City, California, home at the age of 91.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of Marceline Day during her short career.


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