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Maureen O'Sullivan

Highest Rated:   100% The Tall T (1957)
Lowest Rated:   20% Devil Doll (1964)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Habitation of Dragons
  • Helen
1992
No Score Yet Stranded
  • Grace Clark
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Elizabeth Alvorg
1986
93% 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 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
100% 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 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
71% Tarzan Escapes
  • Jane Parker
1936
No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann
  • Camden Terry
1936
87% 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
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu
  • Lenore
1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger)
  • Dora
1935
100% Anna Karenina
  • Kitty
1935
71% 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
No Score Yet The River Pirate
  • Aunt Sue
1928

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