Rita Corday

Rita Corday (born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset; October 20, 1920 November 23, 1992) was an American actress.[1] She appeared in 30 films during the 1940s and 1950s. She was sometimes billed as Paula Corday[2] or Paule Croset.

Rita Corday
Rita Corday (right) with film writer and critic Norbert Lusk (1946)
Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset

(1920-10-20)October 20, 1920
DiedNovember 23, 1992(1992-11-23) (aged 72)
Other namesPaula Corday
Paule Croset
Years active1943–1956
Spouse(s)Harold Nebenzal
(married 1947–1992)
ChildrenDaniel M. (b. 1957)
Deborah (b. 1960)

Early years

Rita Corday was born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset[3] in Tahiti, where her Swiss parents[4][lower-alpha 1] were diplomats.[6][lower-alpha 2] She received theatrical training in Switzerland, Paris and Shanghai.[7]


In 1942, RKO Pictures signed Corday to a long-term contract.[8][7] She made her first film appearance in January 1943, in Hitler's Children.[9][6] During her career in Hollywood, she appeared mostly in second features. In her later films she was billed as Paula Corday or Paule Croset.[9]

Personal life

In 1943, Corday announced her engagement to Navy Ensign Marshall Buell.[10] She married producer Harold Nebenzal [11] in 1947,[12] and retired to raise a family.


Corday died November 21, 1992,[13] after surgery, from complications of diabetes.[6] Survivors included a daughter, Deborah Corday; a son, Daniel Nebenzal; and a brother, Gaston Croset.[13]

Partial filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1943 Hitler's Children Young matron Uncredited[9]
1943 The Falcon Strikes Back Mia Bruger [9]
1943 Mr. Lucky Girl Uncredited[9]
1943 Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event [9]
1943 The Adventures of a Rookie Ruth - Party Guest [9]
1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway Model Uncredited[9]
1943 Gangway for Tomorrow Georgine Uncredited[9]
1943 Government Girl Girl in Hotel Lobby Uncredited[9]
1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds Marguerita Serena [9]
1944 Girl Rush Member of troupe Uncredited[9]
1944 The Falcon in Hollywood Lili D'Allio [9]
1945 Pan-Americana Pan American girl Uncredited[9]
1945 The Body Snatcher Mrs. Marsh [9]
1945 What a Blonde Sonya Uncredited[9]
1945 The Falcon in San Francisco Joan Marshall [9]
1945 West of the Pecos Suzanne [9]
1946 The Truth About Murder Peggy [9]
1946 The Falcon's Alibi Joan Meredith [9]
1946 Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Mona Clyde
1947 The Exile Katie Credited as Paule Croset[9]
1951 The Sword of Monte Cristo Lady Christiane Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1951 Too Young to Kiss Denise Dorcet Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 You for Me Lucille Brown Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 Because You're Mine Francesca Landers Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1952 The Black Castle Elga Von Bruno Credited as Paula Corday[9]
1954 The French Line Celeste Credited as Paula Corday[9]


  1. Another source says Corday had a "French mother and Swiss father".[5]
  2. Another source says that Corday was the "daughter of a traveling representative of a Swiss Watch firm" but adds that "her father remains a neutral representing his country" in Shanghai.[7]


  1. "Rita Corday". New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  2. Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 117. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  3. Johnson, Erskine (April 6, 1943). "In Hollywood". The Evening News. p. 6. Retrieved October 26, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Fidler, Jimmy (October 10, 1942). "Hollywood Roundup". The Evening Standard. p. 6.
  5. "(photo caption)". The Franklin Evening Star. April 6, 1943. p. 6. Retrieved October 26, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Obituary: Rita Corday; Appeared in B Movies". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1992. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  7. "Rita Corday Gets Long-Term Offer From RKO Studio". The Waco News-Tribune. October 23, 1942. p. 13. Retrieved October 25, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  8. "Rita Corday — Name Means Ball of Light". The Des Moines Register. June 25, 1944. p. 49. Retrieved October 26, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  9. "Rita Corday". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  10. Carroll, Harrison (March 27, 1943). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Wilkes-Barre Record. p. 16. Retrieved October 25, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  11. Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P.273.
  12. "Marriages". Billboard. November 29, 1947. p. 46. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  13. "Rita Corday". Variety. December 9, 1992. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
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