Mara Corday
American actor and model
Mara Corday
Mara Corday is a showgirl, model, actress, Playboy Playmate and a 1950s cult figure. Corday was born in Santa Monica, California. Wanting a career in films, she came to Hollywood while still in her teens and found work as a showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. Her physical beauty brought jobs as a photographer's model that led to a bit part as a showgirl in the 1951 film Two Tickets to Broadway.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 60
    And she acted with Eastwood again in Pink Cadillac (1989) as well as in her last film, 1990's The Rookie.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 44
    A few years after her husband's death in 1974, Corday's friend Clint Eastwood offered her a chance to return to filmmaking with a role in his 1977 film The Gauntlet.
    More Details Hide Details She had a brief-but-significant role in Sudden Impact (1983), where she played the waitress dumping sugar into Harry Callahan's coffee in that movie's iconic "Go ahead, make my day" sequence.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 29
    From 1959 to early 1961, Corday worked exclusively doing guest spots on various television series.
    More Details Hide Details She then gave up her career to devote her time to raising a family. During her seventeen-year marriage to Richard Long she had three children.
  • 1956
    Age 26
    In 1956, she had a recurring role in the ABC television series Combat Sergeant.
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  • 1955
    Age 25
    Her roles were small until 1955 when she was cast opposite John Agar in Tarantula, a Sci-Fi B-movie that proved a modest success.
    More Details Hide Details She had another successful co-starring role in that genre (The Black Scorpion) as well as in a number of Western films. Respected film critic Leonard Maltin said that Mara Corday had "more acting ability than she was permitted to exhibit." Mara Corday appeared as a pinup girl in numerous men's magazines during the 1950s and was the Playmate of the October 1958 issue of Playboy, together with famous model and showgirl Pat Sheehan.
  • 1954
    Age 24
    In 1954 on the set of Playgirl she met actor Richard Long. Following the death of Long's wife, the two began dating and married in 1957.
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  • 1951
    Age 21
    Wanting a career in films, Mara Corday came to Hollywood while still in her teens and found work as a showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. Her physical beauty brought jobs as a photographer's model that led to a bit part as a showgirl in the 1951 film Two Tickets to Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details She signed on as a Universal International Pictures (UI) contract player where she met actor Clint Eastwood with whom she would remain lifelong friends. With UI, Corday was given small roles in various B-movies and television series.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 0
    Born on January 3, 1930.
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