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Laraine Day, who appeared in nearly 50 films, including the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Foreign Correspondent,” died Nov. 10 of natural causes at her daughter’s home in Utah. She was 87.
Day starred opposite Joel McCrea in “Correspondent” and also appeared in such films as 1940’s “I Take This Woman,” 1943’s “Mr. Lucky,” 1944’s “The Story of Dr. Wassell,” 1946’s “The Locket,” 1949’s “My Dear Secretary” and 1954’s “The High and the Mighty.” She appeared in her last movie, “The Third Voice,” in 1960.
Long before Richard Chamberlain took the role to television, Lew Ayres and Day entertained movie audiences with “Calling Dr. Kildare,” “The Secret of Dr. Kildare,” “Dr. Kildare’s Strange Case,” “Dr. Kildare Goes Home,” “Dr. Kildare’s Crisis” and “The People vs. Dr. Kildare.” When MGM decided their contract leading lady was becoming stereotyped in the role, they had her killed by a truck before Ayres could marry her in “Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day.”
In 1951, Day became one of television’s first female talk show hosts with “The Laraine Day Show.”
Day penned the memoir “Day With Giants” in 1951 about life with baseball manager Leo Durocher, to whom she was married from 1947-60.
Fred W. McDarrah, a Village Voice photographer who chronicled New York’s be-ins, demonstrations, peace marches, happenings, free concerts, coffee-house readings, loft performances, jazz bars and underground movie emporia during more than three decades at the paper, died Nov. 13 in his sleep at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 81.
McDarrah captured Jack Kerouac frolicking with women at a New Year’s bash in 1958, Andy Warhol adjusting a movie-camera lens in his factory and Bob Dylan offering a salute of recognition outside Sheridan Square.
He photographed the still-smoldering ruins of the Weather Underground bomb factory on West 12th Street. His camera caught lawyer Roy Cohn whispering what appeared to be tough orders in the ear of a young Donald Trump, and he was there when Robert F. Kennedy toured a Lower East Side slum.
Books of his photography include “Anarchy, Protest and Rebellion: The Counterculture That Changed America” and “Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album.”
Born in Brooklyn, McDarrah remained on the Voice’s masthead as consulting picture editor until his death. For decades, he ran the photo department, helping train dozens of young photographers at the Voice, including Sylvia Plachy.
Hank Thompson, a country singer and bandleader who mixed honky-tonk and Western swing on such hits as “A Six Pack to Go” and “The Wild Side of Life,” died Nov. 6 of lung cancer at his home in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb. He was 82.
Days earlier, he had canceled his tour and announced his retirement.
The last show he played was Oct. 8 in his native Waco, Texas. That day was declared Hank Thompson Day by Gov. Rick Perry and Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy.
Thompson’s musical style drew on the Western swing first developed in the 1930s by fellow Texan Bob Wills. Thompson was named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.
Thompson had 29 hits reach the top 10 from 1948-75.
Travis Lucas deZarn, the son of character actors Tim and Janine deZarn of Culver City, died Nov. 3 in an automobile crash in the Palisades Highlands area of Los Angeles. He was 18.
A freshman at California State University, Long Beach, he was planning to major in film. Young deZarn lost his birth mother as an infant and was raised by the deZarns; he participated in theater productions in the Los Angeles area.
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