Vera Day

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Vera Day
Born (1933-08-04) 4 August 1933 (age 89)
Forest Gate, Essex, England
Years active1954–2007
Spouse(s)Arthur Mason (1954–1961)
Terry O'Neill (1963–1976, divorced)

Vera Day (born 4 August 1933) is an English film and television actress. [1] She was born in London just before the Second World War and grew up in Forest Gate, East London. [2]


Early career

Leaving school at 15, she had various jobs before finding employment in a hair salon. Modelling for hairstylists, she became a full-time model. One day she saw an advertisement in a theatrical paper for showgirls, so taking time off work and with the smallest bikini she could find, she attended the auditions. [3] Even though she was untrained in singing and dancing, she caught the attention of Jack Hylton, who gave her a part in Wish You Were Here at the London Casino in 1953. She was only nineteen. Val Guest was at the opening night and left a note for her at the stage door to contact him. This led to Vera being cast in the film Dance Little Lady . However, she had to ask permission from Jack Hylton, for she was under contract for two more shows, which ended up being Pal Joey at the Princes Theatre and Jokers Wild with the Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace Theatre. [4]

Film career

From the late 1950s, Day was a popular figure in British films, a glamorous blonde bombshell who appeared most memorably in the classic Stanley Baker drama Hell Drivers (1957) and the Hammer science fiction film Quatermass 2 (1957). Her other film roles include that of George Cole's girlfriend in Mario Zampi's comedy Too Many Crooks (1959) and as the heroine in the horror film Womaneater (1958), one of her few leading parts.

Many years later, Day appeared in a supporting role in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Selected filmography

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  2. Marks, Harrison (1962). Vera. London: Kamera Publications.
  3. "Bullet bra sweater girl – Vera Day". Never Knowingly Overdressed.
  4. Marks, Harrison (1962). Vera. London: Kamera Publications.