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CATHY O'DONNELL BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Cathy O'Donnell was born on July 6th, 1923 in Siluria, Alabama with the birth name Ann Steely.  Her parents divorced when she was a child and she spent 12 years living in Alabama before relocating to Oklahoma City.  After graduating from high school in Oklahoma City she found part time work hoping to save up enough money to travel to Hollywood.
 
From a young age she had her goals set on a career as an actress and luckily she was given the chance when she received an offer for a contract under Samuel Goldwyn.  She also enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to work on her skills and soon she was appearing on such films as, "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright, "They Live By Night" (1949) starring with Farley Granger, Jay C. Flippen and Howard Da Silva, "Side Street" (1950) starring alongside Farley Granger, James Craig, Jean Hagen and Paul Kelly and "The Man From Laramie" (1955) starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Alex Nicol, Wallace Ford, Jack Elam and James Millican.
 
As her career was progressing well, she made a mistake in the industry when she married a man by the name of Robert Wyler who was the older brother of director, William Wyler.  Apparently, Wyler and Goldwyn did not get along and therefore, Goldwyn cancelled O'Donnell's contract and from that point on, no one in Hollywood would offer her another contract.
 
She began doing freelance work and still added such film roles to her resume as, "Detective Story" (1951) starring Kirk Douglas, William Bendix and Eleanor Parker, "The Woman's Angle" (1952) sharring top billing with Edward Underdown and Lois Maxwell, "Mad at the World" (1955) co-starring Frank Lovejoy and Keefe Brasselle and "The Deerslayer" (1957) starring Lex Barker, Rita Moreno and Forrest Tucker.  Her final film role was in "Ben-Hur" (1959) starring Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd and an all star cast, where she played the title character's sister, Tirzah.
 
In addition to film roles she also appeared on such television series as, "Lights Out", "Climax!", "Best of Broadway", "The Californians", "Man Without a Gun", "The Detectives", "Tate", "Perry Mason" and her most recent appearances were on the series, "Sugarfoot" and "Bonanza". 
 
Cathy O'Donnell remained married to Wyler but never had any children and after battling cancer for many years, O'Donnell passed away at the age of forty six, on April 11th, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. 
 
 
Filmography

1964   Bonanza

1961   Sugarfoot
 
1961   Perry Mason 

1960   The Rebel 

1960   Tate
 
1960   The Detectives

1959   Man Without a Gun

1958   The Californians 
 
1958   Zane Grey Theater

1958   My World Dies Screaming 

1957   The Story of Mankind 
 
1957   The Deerslayer 

1956   Matinee Theatre 

1955   The Man from Laramie 
 
1955   Mad at the World 

1955   Climax! 

1955   The Best of Broadway 
 
1954   Loves of Three Queens 

1954   Center Stage

1954   Eight O'Clock Walk 
 
1954   The Philip Morris Playhouse 

1952   The Woman's Angle 

1951   Detective Story
 
1951   Lights Out

1951   Never Trust a Gambler 

1950   The Miniver Story
 
1950   Side Street

1949   They Live by Night 

1948   The Amazing Mr. X 
 
1947   Bury Me Dead

1946   The Best Years of Our Lives

1945   Wonder Man 





Matinee Classics - The Amazing Mr. X starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Donald Curtis, Cathy O'Donnell, Virginia Gregg and Richard Carlson
Matinee Classics - The Best Years of Our Lives starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins, Minna Gombell, Walter Baldwin, Steve Cochran and Dorothy Adams
Matinee Classics - The Best Years of Our Lives starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins, Minna Gombell, Walter Baldwin, Steve Cochran and Dorothy Adams


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