Maureen O'Sullivan

Maureen O'Sullivan

Highest Rated: 100% The Tall T (1957)

Lowest Rated: 20% Devil Doll (1964)

Birthday: May 17, 1911

Birthplace: Not Available

Educated in London and Paris, the breathtakingly beautiful Maureen O'Sullivan was discovered for films by director Frank Borzage while both were attending a horse show in Dublin. She made her screen debut in 1930 opposite Irish tenor John McCormick in Song O' My Heart, which earned her a contract with Fox studios. After appearing in such Fox blockbusters as Just Imagine (1930) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931), she moved to MGM, where her first assignment was the role of Jane Parker in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). She repeated this characterization in Tarzan and His Mate (1934), causing a minor sensation with her bikini-like costume and a nude swimming scene. Somewhat more modestly garbed, she went on to co-star in four more Tarzan pictures over the next eight years. Though MGM kept her busy in a variety of films, ranging from such costume dramas as The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) and David Copperfield (1935) to the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races (1937), she is best remembered for her appearances as Jane, a fact that has been a source of both pride and irritation for the actress (she liked her co-star Johnny Weissmuller but despised Cheeta the chimpanzee, who bit her more than once). She retired from films in 1942 to devote her time to her husband, director John Farrow, and her many children, two of whom grew up to be actresses Mia Farrow and Tisa Farrow. She returned to the screen in 1948, averaging a film every two years until 1958. An early arrival on TV, she hosted a local children's program in New York and the syndicated series Irish Heritage, and in 1964 was hired by NBC to co-anchor The Today Show (her replacement the following year was Barbara Walters). In 1964 she starred with Paul Ford in the Broadway production Never Too Late, playing a fortysomething suburbanite who suddenly finds herself pregnant; the following year she and Ford repeated their roles in the screen version. Widowed in 1963, she remarried 20 years later, sporadically reviving her screen activities in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters (1985), in which she and Lloyd Nolan played the combative parents of her real-life daughter Mia Farrow. As regally beautiful as ever, Maureen O'Sullivan showed up again on TV in the mid-'90s as one of the interviewees in a Tarzan retrospective.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! Actor 2004
No Score Yet With Murder in Mind Aunt Mildred 1992
No Score Yet The Habitation of Dragons Helen 1992
No Score Yet The River Pirates (Good Old Boy) Aunt Sue 1988
No Score Yet Stranded Grace Clark 1987
86% Peggy Sue Got Married Elizabeth Alvorg 1986
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Hannah's Mother 1986
No Score Yet Too Scared to Scream Mother 1985
No Score Yet One Who Was There Actor 1980
No Score Yet One Who Was There Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Great Houdini Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Phynx Herself 1970
No Score Yet Never Too Late Edith Lambert 1965
20% Devil Doll Lorraine Lavond 1964
100% The Tall T Doretta Mims 1957
No Score Yet Mission over Korea Nancy Slocum 1953
100% All I Desire Sara Harper 1953
No Score Yet No Resting Place Nan Kyle 1952
No Score Yet Where Danger Lives Julie 1950
100% The Big Clock Georgette Stroud 1948
83% Tarzan's New York Adventure Jane Parker 1942
No Score Yet Tarzan's Secret Treasure Jane Parker 1941
100% Pride and Prejudice Jane 1940
No Score Yet Let Us Live Mary Roberts 1939
No Score Yet Tarzan Finds a Son! Jane 1939
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars Sheila 'Shelia' Carson 1938
No Score Yet Port of Seven Seas Madelon 1938
No Score Yet Hold That Kiss June Evans 1938
No Score Yet A Yank at Oxford Molly Beaumont 1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Maria Orlich 1937
100% A Day at the Races Judy Standish 1937
No Score Yet Between Two Women Mrs. Claire Donahue 1937
71% Tarzan Escapes Jane Parker 1936
No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann Camden Terry 1936
78% The Devil-Doll Lorraine Lavond 1936
No Score Yet The Bishop Misbehaves Hester Grantham 1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Ann 1935
No Score Yet The Flame Within Linda Belton 1935
80% Cardinal Richelieu Lenore 1935
No Score Yet West Point of the Air Skip Carter 1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger) Dora 1935
100% Anna Karenina Kitty 1935
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Henrietta Barrett 1934
No Score Yet Hideout Pauline Miller 1934
97% The Thin Man Dorothy Wynant 1934
100% Tarzan and His Mate Jane 1934
No Score Yet Stage Mother Shirley Lorraine 1933
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Patricia 'Pat' Severn 1933
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble Molly Kelly 1933
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Madeline 1932
No Score Yet Payment Deferred Winnie Marble 1932
100% Tarzan the Ape Man Jane Parker 1932
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls Lynn Harding 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Actor 1932
No Score Yet Skyline Kathleen Kearny 1931
No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee Woman in Mansion 1931
No Score Yet Princess and the Plumber Princess Louise 1930
No Score Yet Just Imagine LN-18 1930
No Score Yet Song O' My Heart Eileen O'Brien 1930
No Score Yet So This Is London Elinor Worthing 1930


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