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 Mildred Nell <I>Roach</I> O'Day

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Mildred Nell Roach O'Day

Birth
Prairie Hill, Limestone County, Texas, USA
Death 3 Jan 1989 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 113734874 View Source
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Nell Roach was born to Parents;
Edward E. Roach and Mildred Livonia McClellan Roach.
Nell was born in Prairie Hill, Limestone Co, Texas.
Took the stage name; NELL O'DAY.
Her mother descended from Elder John Parker, who was massacred at Fort Parker, Texas on 19 May, 1836, where the little girl Cynthia Ann Parker, his granddaughter was captured, raised with the Comanche Indians, and became mother of Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanche Indians.
Nell's parents moved to California in the 1920's or before, when Nell became interested in movies.
Born in Prairie Hill, Texas, in 1909, lovely Nell O'Day had the obvious breeding credentials to become a leading lady of westerns. She began as a child dancer in the early 1920s, later performing with the Tommy Atkins Sextet. This led to a part in the early musical King of Jazz (1930) and the stage play "Fine and Dandy" with dancer Eleanor Powell. This was impetus enough to make her stay and try her luck at a film career. A string of comedy shorts with Harry Langdon began things off, along with a few secondary parts in feature films, including This Side of Heaven (1934) with Lionel Barrymore, Woman in the Dark (1934) with Fay Wray and a juicy part in an interesting exploitation film for low-rent producer Willis Kent, The Road to Ruin (1934). In the 1940s she joined Universal's roster of western players and, thanks to her experience as a horsewoman, won a recurring cowgirl role in a series of hoss operas opposite star Johnny Mack Brown and his sidekick Fuzzy Knight. She was "second lead" in the horror film Mystery of Marie Roget (1942) with Maria Montez and went on to appear in westerns for other studios, including Republic and Monogram. She returned to the stage on occasion, and retired in 1945 after performing in the Broadway play "Many Happy Returns." She then turned full-time to writing; one success was the play "The Bride of Denmark Hill," which was later turned into a BBC-TV production in England. Interspersed were a couple of marriages and divorces. She died in 1989. Heart Attack
IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse
Larry Williams (May 1942 - 1958) (divorced)
Ted Fetter (? - ?)

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Co-wrote The Monster Maker (1944) with husband Larry Williams, but only Williams gets a screen credit, and neither of them ever got paid for it.



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