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Character actress, Cass Daley, was born Catherine Dailey on Jul 17, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Daley died at the age of 59 on Mar 22, 1975 in Hollywood, CA .


Cass Daley was an American singer-comedienne whose jitterbugging comedy routines enlivened a few 1940's musicals, but who was really just too exuberant to stay on the film scene for long. She came out of retirement in 1966 to do nightclubs, nostalgia shows and the occasional film, but died in a freak accident when glass pierced her neck in a fall at home.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Radio.

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Originally a Plain-Jane torch singer, she was upstaged during one of her singing performances by a buffoonish emcee Red Skelton and was inspired to switch to outright comedy. Her first husband, Frank Kinsella, a talent agent who became her manager as well, persuaded her to incorporate her two gifts -- singing and slapstick.

Her only son, Dale Kinsella, pursued a career in law.

The late "Mamas and Papas" pop/folk singer 'Mama' Cass Elliot, whose real name was Ellen Naomi Cohen, called herself Cass in tribute to Ms. Daley.

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