Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell

Highest Rated: 100% The Man From Laramie (1955)

Lowest Rated: 69% Detective Story (1951)

Birthday: Jul 6, 1923

Birthplace: Siluria, Alabama, USA

Though she performed in numerous films that featured top talent both behind and in front of the camera, actress Cathy O'Donnell is best remembered for her first major part, in the Academy Award-winning post-World War II drama, "The Best Years of Our Lives." O'Donnell studied at Oklahoma City University before heading to Hollywood to pursue acting. A chance meeting with an agent led to an introduction to film icon Samuel Goldwyn, who saw something in O'Donnell but felt she needed further training. He sent her to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, urging her to lose her Southern accent. After gaining a bit of stage experience, she appeared in the Goldwyn-produced all-star ensemble picture "The Best Years of Our Lives" as the fiancée of double-amputee WWII veteran Harold Russell. Though the film was enormously successful, O'Donnell's subsequent roles didn't make her a star, despite a number of quality pictures. She played opposite Farley Granger in two classic noirs, "They Live by Night" and "Side Street." She supported Kirk Douglas in "Detective Story" and was Jimmy Stewart's love interest in "The Man from Laramie." At the tail end of the '50s, she played her last major film role, as Charlton Heston's sister in the epic "Ben-Hur."

Highest rated movies

The Man From Laramie
They Live by Night
Side Street
Detective Story




85% 89% Ben-Hur Tirzah (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 37% Terror in the Haunted House Sheila Wayne Tierney (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 12% The Story of Mankind Early Christian Woman (Character) - 1957
100% 78% The Man From Laramie Barbara Waggoman (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad at the World Anne Bennett (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight O'Clock Walk Jill Manning (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Three Queens Enone (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman's Angle Nina Van Rhyne (Character) - 1952
69% 71% Detective Story Susan Carmichael (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Trust a Gambler Virginia Merrill (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 45% The Miniver Story Judy Miniver (Character) - 1950
83% 69% Side Street Ellen Norson (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 37% The Amazing Mr. X Janet Burke (Character) - 1948
96% 80% They Live by Night Keechie (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bury Me Dead "Rusty" Carlin (Character) - 1947


No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Norma Brooks (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955