Margaret O'Brien

Margaret O'Brien

Highest Rated: 100% Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Birthday: Jan 15, 1937

Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

This child star of the 1940s was best known for her natural, emotional style and her startling facility for tears. As Maxine O'Brien (her birth name), she first appeared in a civil defense film starring James Cagney, then in a bit in "Babes on Broadway" (both 1941). Sensing her potential, MGM signed her, changed her first name to Margaret and starred her in the tour de force "Journey for Margaret" (1942), as a terrified London war orphan who "adopts" reporter Robert Young. It was an adult, intelligent and slightly scary performance which made her an overnight star. She was loaned out to Fox for "Jane Eyre" (1944). O'Brien's next big showcase came with "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944). As Tootie Smith, the feisty but fragile little sister of Judy Garland, she was a bright point in a very good film, especially in her musical numbers with Garland and during a Halloween sequence in which she confronts a grouchy neighbor. For her performance, she was awarded a special juvenile Oscar. Her next two features, "Music for Millions" (1944) and the drama "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes" (1945) were also impressive. Two good roles came her way in 1949, as the tragic Beth in a remake of "Little Women" and as Mary Lennox in "The Secret Garden."

Highest rated movies

Meet Me in St. Louis
Jane Eyre
The Canterville Ghost
Little Women
The Unfinished Dance

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Impact Event Unknown (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beverly Hills Christmas II Mrs. Foxworth (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 22% Halloween P... Trap Kill! Kill! Bridgette's Grandmother (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead in Love Cris (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunset After Dark Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 77% Amy Hazel Johnson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death in Space Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 30% Heller in Pink Tights Della Southby (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Women Beth March (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Glory Clarabel Tilbee (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her First Romance Betty Foster (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 75% The Secret Garden Mary Lennox (Character) - 1949
71% 83% Little Women Beth (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big City Midge (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 57% Tenth Avenue Angel Flavia Mills (Character) - 1948
67% 17% The Unfinished Dance "Meg" Merlin (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 33% Bad Bascomb Emmy (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Wise Fools Sheila O'Monahan (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 79% Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Selma Jacobson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 64% Music for Millions Mike (Character) - 1944
100% 87% Meet Me in St. Louis Tootie Smith (Character) - 1944
100% 83% Jane Eyre Adele Varens (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 70% Lost Angel Alpha (Character) - 1944
86% 72% The Canterville Ghost Lady Jessica de Canterville (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Margaret (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 56% Thousands Cheer Customer in Red Skelton Skit (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 55% Journey for Margaret Margaret White (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
22% No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam-12 Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Virginia Trent (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1958 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1954

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