Filled Under: Marceline Day
Marceline Day (April 24, 1908 – February 16, 2000) was an American motion picture actress whose career began as a child star in the 1910s and ended in the 1930s. Marceline was the younger sister of film actress Alice Day.
Marceline Day was born Marceline Newlin on April 24, 1908, in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She 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 appearing alongside her sister in the 1924 Mack Sennett comedy “Picking Peaches”. She was then cast in a string of comedy shorts opposite actor Harry Langdon and a stint in early Hollywood Westerns with such silent film cowboy stars as Hoot Gibson, Art Acord and Jack Hoxie. Day began appearing in more dramatic roles opposite such esteemed actors of the era as Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Norman Kerry, Ramón Novarro, Buster Keaton, and Lon Chaney. In 1926, Marceline Day was named one of the thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen 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 went on to appear in the now lost 1927 Tod Browning directed horror classic “London After Midnight” with Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, 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 her sister Alice’s, who was herself was a very popular actress. The two would appear together onscreen again in the 1929 musical “The Show of Shows”.
Day transitioned into talkies with little problem, but her film roles gradually became lesser in quality and she began working primarily for lower-rung film studios. By 1933, Marceline Day made the transition back to the Western genre, appearing in “B” Westerns such as “The Pocatello Kid” (1931) with Ken Maynard,”The Fighting Fool” (1932) with Tim McCoy, “Broadway to Cheyenne” (1932) with Rex Bell, and “The Telegraph Trail” (1933) with John Wayne.
Day retired from films fter making “The Fighting Parson” in 1933. After her retirement, she rarely spoke of her years as an actress and never spoke to reporters or granted interviews. Day was married twice, first married to silent film producer Arthur J. Klein, then, after divorcing, married John Arthur. She had no children with either husband.
Marceline Day died on Feb. 16, 2000 of natural causes in Cathedral City, California, USA at the age of 91 and was cremated. Her ashes were given to family.