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MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Maureen O'Sullivan, born May 17, 1911, was an Irish actress. She is sometimes deemed Ireland’s first film star. At age eighteen, she was discovered by Hollywood director Frank Borzage at a horse show in Dublin. He was there to film his movie “Song o' My Heart” (1930), and set up a screen test for her. O'Sullivan did well and was cast in the movie to play starring the role of Eileen. For this part, she had to go to Hollywood to continue filming. O'Sullivan decided to move to Hollywood, for she had actually always wanted to be an actress. 

While there, she signed with Fox and quickly found parts in other movies like “Just Imagine” (1930), “Princess and the Plumber” (1930), and “So This is London” (1930). In 1932 - after parts in six additional movies - Sullivan signed a contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Her first film with them was “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932). She starred opposite Olympic medal winner Johnny Weissmuller. They teamed up for another five Tarzan movies, “Tarzan and His Mate” (1934), “Tarzan Escapes” (1936), “Tarzan Finds a Son!” (1939), “Tarzan's Secret Treasure” (1941), and “Tarzan's New York Adventure” (1942). With her nude swimming scene and bikini like costume in the series, Sullivan caused a minor sensation.

Throughout the 1930's, the actress portrayed characters besides Jane. Sullivan starred alongside Myrna Loy and William Powell in “The Thin Man” (1934). She played beautifully and with talent in films such as “The Flame Within” (1935), “The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observations of David Copperfield the Younger” (1935), and “Anna Karenina” (1935). O'Sullivan additionally appeared as Molly Beaumont in “A Yank at Oxford” (1938). Her part was actually given more meaning and substance by F. Scott Fitzgerald at her request. Another great movie the actress performed in was “Pride and Prejudice” (1940), in which she starred in conjunction with Greer Garson and Laurence Oliver. In this picture, she also portrayed a character named Jane. In 1941, Sullivan played the supporting role to Ann Sothern in “Maisie Was a Lady”. Obviously, MGM kept the actress very busy with a large variety of features.

However, after performing in “Tarzan's New York Adventure” (1942), O'Sullivan asked that she be released from her contract to take care of her seven children and husband, director John Farrow, who had recently returned home from the Navy due to typhoid fever. In 1948, she did return to the screen, for “The Big Clock”. She did not appear in another movie until the next decade, though, in Paramount’s “Where Danger Lives” (1950), which her husband actually directed. Occasionally she was seen in her husband’s further films and on television. By the time 1960 came, O'Sullivan believed her acting days to be over, but fellow Irish actor Pat O’Brien encouraged her to take up the theatre. She performed in 1961's “A Roomful of Roses”, and enjoyed it so much that she went on to act in “Never Too Late” on Broadway. Shortly after its debut in 1963, her husband passed away.

Nevertheless, O'Sullivan persisted with her acting even after her husband was gone. She appeared in a couple of television series in the 1960's, until performing in the movie rendition of “Never Too Late” (1965). In the 1970's she only acted in two TV movies and a short. By the 1980's, two of her daughters, Mia and Tisa Furrow had also become actresses. She played the mother of Mia in one picture, “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), which was also directed by Mia's then boyfriend, Woody Allen. In the same year, Sullivan appeared in the dramatic comedy “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986), with Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage. Following, she played in the sci-fi “Stranded” (1987).

Her final big screen movie was “Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood” in 1988. She additionally acted in a TV series and then three television movies, named “With Murder in Mind” (1992), “The Habitation of Dragons” (1992), and her very final acting job, “Hart to Hart: Home is Where the Heart Is” (1994). On June 23, 1998, O'Sullivan passed away from complications during heart surgery. She was 87 years of age. For her contributions to motion pictures, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Filmography
 
1994       Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is

1992       The Habitation of Dragons

1992       I with Murder in Mind

1991       Pros and Cons

1988       Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood

1987       Stranded

1987       Leg Work

1986       Peggy Sue Got Married

1986       Hannah and Her Sisters

1985       Search for Tomorrow

1985       Too Scared to Scream

1984       Guiding Light

1982       Morning's at Seven

1981       All My Children

1978       Mandy's Grandmother

1976       The Great Houdini

1972       The Crooked Hearts

1965       Never Too Late

1965       Ben Casey 

1963       The Christophers

1961       Alcoa Premiere 

1958       Wild Heritage

1957       Playhouse 90

1957       Matinee Theatre

1957       The Tall T 

1957       Crossroads   

1956       Cavalcade of America

1956       Chevron Hall of Stars

1956       Star Stage 

1955       Climax!

1955       Casablanca

1955       The Whistler

1955       Fireside Theatre

1955       The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story

1954       The Steel Cage 

1954       Duffy of San Quentin

1953       Lux Video Theatre

1953       The Ford Television Theatre

1953       Four Star Playhouse

1953       Mission over Korea

1953       All I Desire

1953       Schlitz Playhouse 

1952       Hollywood Opening Night

1952       Bonzo Goes to College

1951       No Resting Place

1950       Where Danger Lives

1948       The Big Clock

1942       Tarzan's New York Adventure

1941       Tarzan's Secret Treasure

1941       Maisie Was a Lady

1940       Pride and Prejudice

1940       Sporting Blood

1939       Tarzan Finds a Son!

1939       Let Us Live

1938       Spring Madness

1938       The Crowd Roars

1938       Port of Seven Seas

1938       Hold That Kiss

1938       A Yank at Oxford

1937       My Dear Miss Aldrich

1937       Between Two Women

1937       The Emperor's Candlesticks

1937       A Day at the Races

1936       Tarzan Escapes

1936       The Devil-Doll

1936       The Voice of Bugle Ann

1935       The Bishop Misbehaves

1935       Anna Karenina

1935       Woman Wanted

1935       The Flame Within

1935       Cardinal Richelieu

1935       West Point of the Air

1935       The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

1934       The Barretts of Wimpole Street

1934       Hide-Out

1934       The Thin Man

1934       Tarzan and His Mate

1933       Stage Mother

1933       Tugboat Annie

1933       The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble

1932       Strange Interlude

1932       Robbers' Roost

1932       Payment Deferred

1932       Okay, America!

1932       Skyscraper Souls

1932       Fast Companions

1932       The Silver Lining

1932       Tarzan the Ape Man

1931       The Big Shot

1931       Skyline

1931       A Connecticut Yankee

1930       Princess and the Plumber

1930       Just Imagine

1930       Song o' My Heart

1930       So This Is London





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Matinee Classics - A Day at the Races starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Sig Rumann, Douglass Dumbrille, Margaret Dumont, Allan Jones and Maureen O'Sullivan
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