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Maureen O'Sullivan

Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, on May 17, 1911. The future mother of Mia Farrow was a schooldays classmate of Vivien Leigh at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton in London. Even as a schoolgirl, Maureen desired an acting career; she studied hard and read widely. When the opportunity to be an actress came along, it almost dropped in her lap. The director Frank Borzage was in Dublin filming “Song o’ My Heart” (1930) when Maureen, then 18, met him. Borzage suggested a screen test, which she took. The results were more than favorable, as she won the part of Eileen O’Brien. The part was a substantial one, so much so that Maureen went on to Hollywood to complete the filming. Once in sunny California, Maureen wasted no time landing roles in other films such as “Just Imagine” (1930), “Princess and the Plumber” (1930), and “So This Is London” (1930). Maureen was on a roll that her contemporaries could only have wished for when they were coming up through the ranks. In 1932, Maureen was teamed up with Olympic medal winner Johnny Weissmuller for the first time in “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932). Five other Tarzan films followed, the last being “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” (1942). The Tarzan epics rank as one of the most memorable series ever made. Most people agree that those movies would not have been successful had it not been for the fine acting talents, not to mention beauty, of Maureen O’Sullivan. But she was more than Jane Parker in the Tarzan films; she had great roles and played beautifully in films such as “The Flame Within” (1935), “David Copperfield” (1935), and “Anna Karenina” (1935). She turned in yet another fine performance in “Pride and Prejudice” (1940). After the 1940s, Maureen made far fewer films, not because she lost popularity but by choice. It isn’t always easy to walk away from a lucrative career, but she did because she wanted to devote more time to her husband, John Farrow, an Australian writer, and their seven children. The couple were married from 1936 until his death in 1963. She did not, however, retire completely; Maureen still found time to make an occasional appearance in films or TV or on the stage. Later movie-goers remember her as Elizabeth Alvorg in the hit film “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986). Her final silver screen appearance was in “The River Pirates” (1988). Some TV movies followed, but only until 1996. She maintained homes in New Hampshire and Arizona, and it was in Scottsdale that Maureen died on June 23, 1998, of a heart attack. She was 87 years old.


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Born:
May 17, 1911 In Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
90
First Appeared:
In the movie So This Is London 1930-06-06
Latest Project:
Movie Tarzan Revisited 2017-04-28
Known For
Poster of Tarzan Revisited
Poster of The Crooked Hearts
Poster of David Copperfield
Poster of So This Is London

Maureen O'Sullivan Movies Filmography

Movie
Tarzan Revisited
Herself (archive footage) 2017-04-28
Movie
Checking Out: Grand Hotel
Self (archive footage) 2004-02-03
Movie
Complicated Women
Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie
In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross
Herself 1998-12-22
Movie
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is
Eleanor Biddlecomb 1994-02-18
Movie
The Habitation of Dragons
Helen Taylor 1992-09-08
Movie
With Murder in Mind
Aunt Mildred 1992-05-12
Movie
Stranded
Grace Clark 1987-11-20
Movie
Peggy Sue Got Married
Elizabeth Alvorg 1986-10-05
Movie
Hannah and Her Sisters
Norma 1986-02-07
Movie
Too Scared to Scream
Marian Hardwick 1985-01-04
Movie
Mandy's Grandmother
Unknown 1978-01-01
Movie
The Great Houdinis
Lady Conan Doyle 1976-10-08
Movie
That's Entertainment, Part II
(archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie
It's Showtime
Unknown 1976-03-31
Movie
The Crooked Hearts
Lillian Stanton 1972-11-08
Movie
The Phynx
Maureen O'Sullivan 1970-03-06
Movie
Never Too Late
Edith Lambert 1965-11-04
Series
Ben Casey
Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie
Wild Heritage
Emma Breslin 1958-08-01
Movie
The Edge of Innocence
Julia Williams 1957-10-31
Movie
The Tall T
Doretta Mims 1957-04-02
Series
Matinee Theater
Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie
The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story
Mother 1955-01-01
Movie
The Steel Cage
Gladys Duffy 1954-12-01
Series
Climax!
Unknown 1954-10-07
Series
The Whistler
Unknown 1954-07-13
Movie
Duffy of San Quentin
Gladys Duffy 1954-03-16
Movie
Mission Over Korea
Nancy Slocum 1953-08-01
Movie
All I Desire
Sara Harper 1953-07-03
Series
Cavalcade of America
Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie
Bonzo Goes to College
Marion Gateson Drew 1952-09-01
Movie
Ellis in Freedomland
The Dishwasher (voice) 1952-06-15
Series
Search for Tomorrow
Unknown 1951-09-03
Series
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie
Where Danger Lives
Julie Dorn 1950-11-16
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Series
What's My Line?
Herself - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie
The Big Clock
Georgette Stroud 1948-03-18
Movie
Tarzan's New York Adventure
Jane Parker 1942-05-01
Movie
Tarzan's Secret Treasure
Jane Parker 1941-12-01
Movie
Maisie Was a Lady
Abby Rawlston 1941-01-10
Movie
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Bennet 1940-07-26
Movie
Sporting Blood
Linda Lockwood 1940-07-11
Movie
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Herself 1940-05-29
Movie
Tarzan Finds a Son!
Jane Parker 1939-06-16
Movie
Let Us Live
Mary Roberts 1939-03-29
Movie
The Crowd Roars
Sheila 'Shelia' Carson 1938-08-06
Movie
Port of Seven Seas
Madelon 1938-07-01
Movie
Hold That Kiss
June Evans 1938-05-13
Movie
A Yank at Oxford
Molly Beaumont 1938-02-18
Movie
Spring Madness
Alexandra Benson 1938-11-11
Movie
My Dear Miss Aldrich
Martha Aldrich 1937-09-17
Movie
The Romance of Celluloid
Herself 1937-08-26
Movie
Between Two Women
Claire Donahue 1937-07-09
Movie
The Emperor's Candlesticks
Maria Orlich 1937-07-02
Movie
A Day at the Races
Judy Standish 1937-06-11
Movie
The Voice of Bugle Ann
Camden Terry 1936-02-15
Movie
The Devil-Doll
Lorraine Lavond 1936-07-10
Movie
Hollywood - The Second Step
Herself 1936-06-02
Movie
Tarzan Escapes
Jane Parker 1936-11-06
Movie
The Bishop Misbehaves
Hester Grantham 1935-09-13
Movie
Anna Karenina
Kitty 1935-08-30
Movie
Woman Wanted
Ann 1935-08-02
Movie
The Flame Within
Linda Belton 1935-05-17
Movie
Cardinal Richelieu
Lenore 1935-04-18
Movie
West Point of the Air
'Skip' Carter 1935-03-23
Movie
David Copperfield
Dora Spenlow 1935-01-18
Movie
Tarzan and His Mate
Jane Parker 1934-04-20
Movie
Screen Snapshots No. 11
Herself 1934-01-01
Movie
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Henrietta Barrett 1934-09-21
Movie
Hide-Out
Pauline Miller 1934-08-24
Movie
The Thin Man
Dorothy Wynant 1934-05-25
Movie
Stage Mother
Shirley Lorraine 1933-09-29
Movie
Tugboat Annie
Patricia 'Pat' Severn 1933-08-04
Movie
Skyscraper Souls
Lynn Harding 1932-07-16
Movie
Tarzan the Ape Man
Jane Parker 1932-04-02
Movie
The Silver Lining
Joyce Moore 1932-04-16
Movie
Fast Companions
Sally 1932-06-22
Movie
Okay, America!
Sheila Barton 1932-09-08
Movie
Payment Deferred
Winnie Marble 1932-11-07
Movie
Robbers' Roost
Helen Herrick 1932-12-30
Movie
Strange Interlude
Madeline Arnold 1932-12-30
Movie
The Big Shot
Doris Thompson 1931-12-31
Movie
Skyline
Katherine Kearny 1931-10-11
Movie
A Connecticut Yankee
Alisande / Woman in Mansion 1931-04-06
Movie
The Princess and the Plumber
Princess Louise 1930-12-21
Movie
Just Imagine
LN-18 1930-11-23
Movie
Song o' My Heart
Eileen 1930-09-06
Movie
So This Is London
Elinor Worthing 1930-06-06