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 in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946).jpg
Corday in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)
Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset

(1920-10-20)October 20, 1920
DiedNovember 23, 1992(1992-11-23) (aged 72)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California
Other namesPaula Corday
Paule Croset
Years active1943–1956
Harold Nebenzal
(m. 1947)


Rita Corday was born Jeanne Paule Teipo-Ite-Marma Croset[3] in Tahiti, where her Swiss parents[4][a] were diplomats.[6][b] 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 lifeEdit

In 1943, Corday announced her engagement to Navy Ensign Marshall Buell.[10] She married producer Harold Nebenzal (1922-2019)[11] in 1947,[12] and retired to raise a family.

Corday died November 21, 1992,[13] after surgery, from complications of diabetes.[6] She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.[14]

Partial filmographyEdit

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". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. 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. ^ a b c "Obituary: Rita Corday; Appeared in B Movies". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1992. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "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.
  14. ^ "Obituary for Barton Yarborough (Aged 50)". The Los Angeles Times. December 21, 1951. p. 5. Retrieved January 28, 2022.

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