Dean Jagger (1903-1991) did play Brigham Young, and Vincent Price (!) was Joseph Smith. This was in the early "character actor" period of his career, long before "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine." Also with Tyrone Power, Jane Darwell, Charles Middleton, and a host of others.
>>At the age of nine, Adams moved to live with her Mormon grandmother and Mormon cousins in Salt Lake City, while her parents remained in San Francisco; she remained there for four years from 1882 to late 1886. It is not clear whether she identified as a member of the Mormon church as her mother did.
I did not know about Mack Swain, a silent film star (born in Salt Lake City, real name "Moroni Swain")
Dean Jagger was honnored with Day on the same day in 1960 as Swain. Swain had already been dead for a long time. Jagger, impressed by his playing the role of Brigham Young in the film of the same name, joined the church in 1972. Day had been a devout Mormon all her life. Her birth name was Laraine Johnson. She adopted the name "Day" in honor of her drama teacher, Elias Day.
Robert Walker was also posthumously given a star on that same day. Walker was the son of the editor of the Deseret News and was born in Salt Lake City. Although born Mormon, the church played no role in his adult life. His most famous movie was "Strangers on a Train," with co-star Farley Granger.
RPackham Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Jagger, impressed by his playing the > role of Brigham Young in the film of the same > name, joined the church in 1972.
The film came out in 1940. It took 32 years for being "impressed" to take hold? That seems unlikely...
I haven't been able to find out about his third wife, whom he married in 1968, but I suspect she might have been mormon...and that might have had more to do with him becoming a mormon than a role he played 32 years earlier...
"[Jagger] spoke with a pronounced "lisp" in real life, every -day speech. This speech characteristic only disappeared in front of the camera.
"Jagger was very taken by the character of Brigham Young, reacting warmly when his performance was praised by then President of the LDS Church, Heber J. Grant. This led to a careful study of the Mormon faith for Jagger, who was ultimately baptized a member of the faith in 1972. Subsequently, he willed his personal papers and movie memorabilia to the Harold B. Lee library at Brigham Young University."
Laraine Day was no better than jack mormon. From Wikipedia:
"Day was granted an interlocutory divorce from [first husband James Ray] Hendricks on January 20, 1947, which required her to wait one year before remarrying.
"On January 21, 1947, Day traveled to Juarez, Mexico, where she received a second divorce decree. Later that day, she traveled to El Paso, Texas, where she married baseball manager Leo Durocher. Upon returning to California, the judge who granted Day's interlocutory divorce from Hendricks stated that the Mexican divorce she received was not legal, and since she failed to wait the one-year period for her divorce to become final, deemed her Texas marriage illegal, as well. After waiting about a year, Day and Durocher remarried on February 16, 1948, in Santa Monica, California."
Sure, she put up a pious front, but… no. Marrying Leo Durocher would have gone against everything a believing mormon would have done. Durocher's "morals" (as defined by the church) were as far from church "standards" as you can get. And trying to circumvent U.S. divorce laws to marry him… you can bet that Leo had licked that cupcake plenty of times.