|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Teri Hope|
|Succeeded by||Joan Staley|
|Born||Marilyn Joan Watts|
January 3, 1930
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Measurements||Bust: 35 in (89 cm)|
Waist: 24 in (61 cm)
Hips: 35 in (89 cm)
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||118 lb (54 kg)|
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.
One of Corday's first professional jobs was being a dancer in Earl Carroll's Vanities. Accompanied by her mother, Corday auditioned when she was 15 years old. During the two and a half years that she was in the show, she advanced "from showgirl to actress in the sketches." This was also when she adopted the stage name Mara Corday, because it made her seem more exotic. The name Mara came from a bongo player who called her Marita when she was working as an usher at the Mayan Theater, while Corday was lifted from a perfume bottle.
Corday signed on as a Universal International Pictures (UI) contract player. With UI, Corday was given small roles in various B-movies and television series. In 1954 on the set of Playgirl she met actor Richard Long.
Her roles were small until 1955 when she was cast opposite John Agar and Leo G. Carroll in Tarantula, a [science-fiction]] film that proved successful (with Clint Eastwood in a brief role). She had two other co-starring roles in that genre with The Black Scorpion and The Giant Claw (both 1957), as well as in a number of Western films such as Man Without a Star and Raw Edge. Film critic Leonard Maltin said Corday had "more acting ability than she was permitted to exhibit."
A few years after her husband's death in 1974, Corday's friend Eastwood offered her a chance to return to filmmaking with a role in his 1977 film The Gauntlet. 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. 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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Following the 1955 death of Suzan Ball, the first wife of actor Richard Long, Corday began dating Long. Although in August 1956 Dick Long is her frequent escort, he has no plans on remarrying. Their dates are "just fun," not "serious." On January 26 1957 with Mara 7 weeks pregnant she marries Long at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. He's 29; she's 27. Best man and matron of honor are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Canning. Canning is a Los Angeles insurance man. No family of Richard's would witness for him knowing he had been tricked into matrimony.
Mara is married to Long for only two weeks before she moves home to her mother demanding a divorce. Something she does 10 times before delivering a son, Carey Richard Long September 11, 1957. Richard is told by Mara in February 1958 she is expecting again the following September. Richard halts divorce to keep near by even though Mara boasts she had contacted a divorce lawyer 13 times during her second pregnancy. Sadly the turmoil resulted in the little girl arriving incredibly underweight with a heart defect. A third child was born, again in the month of September, the 3rd, 1960 after Mara had continuously threatend divorce to Richard with him finally agreeing to separation.
Richard was arrested in 1961 after an altercation with Corday in their home after learning she posed naked for Playboy. A pictorial their three children would be shamed and embarrassed of. Richard's brother in law actor Marshall Thompson bailed him out, taking him to his home where the Long family held an intervention with hope Richard would finalize a divorce.something
Sadly the toxic relationship continued.
Corday brought her business manager as her escort to the funeral of Richard Long. An act that further ostrisized her from the entertainment industry. At Richard's funeral, the father of Richard's beloved first wife Susan demanded Mara transfer the $10,000 held in trust by Richard to Susan's brother who it was designated for. Richard had faithfully kept the sum untouched waiting for Susan's brother to come forward.
Mara continued to belittle Richard for decades. She sarcastically fronted he was intimidated by her career, was a meek man who abandoned his children to bar hop. Mara told farfetched tales of the first Mrs. Long including on Susan's deathbed her calling out for a man other than her devoted husband. A ridiculous claim that further estranged Mara from Hollywood.
Mara moved make up artist Pam Luly in her home after Richard's death. They remain roommates to this day sharing a residence in Valencia, California. 
- Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) - Showgirl / Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
- Sea Tiger (1952) - Lola, Hotel Proprietress
- Son of Ali Baba (1952) - Girl on Balcony (uncredited)
- Toughest Man in Arizona (1952) - Bit Role (uncredited)
- The Lady Wants Mink (1953) - Model
- Problem Girls (1953) - Dorothy Childers
- Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) - Locopo Woman (uncredited)
- Sweethearts on Parade (1953) - Belle
- Money from Home (1953) - Waitress (uncredited)
- Yankee Pasha (1954) - Harem Girl (uncredited)
- Playgirl (1954) - Pam
- Drums Across the River (1954) - Sue
- Francis Joins the WACS (1954) - Kate
- Dawn at Socorro (1954) - Letty Diamond
- So This Is Paris (1954) - Yvonne
- Man Without a Star (1955) - Moccasin Mary
- The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955) - Holly Kenton
- Tarantula (1955) - Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
- Foxfire (1955) - Maria - Hugh's Nurse
- Raw Edge (1956) - Paca
- A Day of Fury (1956) - Sharman Fulton
- Naked Gun (1956) - Louisa Jackson / Morales
- The Quiet Gun (1957) - Irene
- The Giant Claw (1957) - Sally Caldwell
- Undersea Girl (1957) - Valerie Hudson
- The Black Scorpion (1957) - Teresa Alvarez
- Girls on the Loose (1958) - Vera Parkinson
- The Gauntlet (1977) - Jail Matron
- Sudden Impact (1983) - Loretta - Coffee Shop Waitress
- Pink Cadillac (1989) - Stick Lady
- The Rookie (1990) - Interrogator #2 (final film role)
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