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Actress Frankie Daye dies

Was child actor in MGM, Fox pics

Actress Frankie Daye died July 15 of lung cancer in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 77.

Daye was signed to a contract with MGM as a child actor in the late 1930s. She performed as a singer and dancer in Fox’s 1943 Busby Berkeley musical “The Gang’s All Here,” appearing in a scene with Alice Faye performing “The Polka Dot Polka.” She also performed in a nonspeaking role in the movie “It Happened in Brooklyn” (1947) and was the singing voice for Margaret O’Brien in the 1948 film “Big City.”

Daye’s vocal coach was Kay Thompson, who was also the vocal coach for Judy Garland.

During WWII, Daye performed for returning and injured soldiers in various military hospitals. She performed onstage with Scatman Crothers and toured with big bands such as those of Nick Stewart, Bobby Troup and the Dorsey brothers.

Frances Dorothy Elliott was born in New York City; at age 13 months, she modeled in Life magazine for the Squibb’s Dental Cream “Right to Hope” Campaign. She later moved to Los Angeles.

Daye is survived by three daughters; a son; two sisters; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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