Born: 24 June 1932, Paterson, New Jersey
Died: 14 October 1986, Los Angeles, California
Yvette Duguay was photographed for baby powder ads as a toddler and appeared in her first movie at the age of two in New York. She appeared on Broadway at the age of seven and the following year she danced, sang and acted in Carnagie Hall and toured with a company of performers ending up in Hollywood. She attended Mar-Ken School in 1941 in the second/third grade class. She told the Yearbook writers that she wished to be a dramatic actress when she grows up, and she continued to pursue that goal. She did not stay at Mar-Ken, and it has been reported that she graduated from Hollywood High School. Under the name of Duguay, and sometimes Dugay, she appeared in seventeen movies through 1957, and scores of television performances through 1960. While entertaining the troops in Korea she was wounded in the leg, and the bullet scar, a mark of honor, was visible on her leg. Yvette died in Los Angeles County on October 14, 1986.
– By Alan H. Simon for www.Mar-Ken.org
From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
A poem by Yvette Duguay appeared in this issue of the school newspaper:
Once there was a little tree,
Who was happy as could be.
Because his leaves were green
And his trunk was brown
And he did not know that in the fall
His shiny leaves would all come down.
He sang and swayed all summer long,
And sang a happy summer song.
But when the autumn winds came by
The little tree began to cry.
“Don’t cry, dear tree, we only blow
your leaves to make a bed below
for little seeds that need to sleep
all winter through so they may grow
into a little tree like you.”
From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
HOLIDAYS AMONG STUDENTS: Yvette Duguay is spending vacation at home.
From the January 10, 1941 Mar-Ken Journal:
YOU AND I: Yvette Duguay – – dined out.
From the 1941 Mar-Ken Primary and Junior High School Yearbook:
Yvette Duguay was in the second/third grade class in 1941. She wrote about Animals, and an Autumn Poem for the Yearbook.
From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
Yvette Duguay was in the third grade in 1942, and told the Yearbook that she wanted to be an actress. She wrote about studying other cultures and about Holland in the Yearbook, and she wrote this poem:
by Yvette Duguay
Red, white and blue
I love you.
Red, white and blue
Your stars are true.
From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
•WHAT’S COOKIN’ – 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades: Yvette Duguay, fifth grader, was in an MGM picture called “The Last Lesson.”
•MOVIE NEWS OF THE WEEK: 5th Grade: Yvette saw Little Tokio, but didn’t like it.
•ILLNESSES: Fifth Grader Yvette Duguay has a slight cold but hasn’t been absent.
Links to other resources about Yvette Duguay:
Internet Movie Database listing:
Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen: