Margaret O'Brien

Highest Rated: 100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Lowest Rated: 83% Little Women (1949)
Birthday: Jan 15, 1937
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Thanks to the strenous efforts of her mother, a former dancer, American child actress Margaret O'Brien won her first film role at age four in the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland musical Babes on Broadway (1941). MGM was so impressed by the child's expressiveness and emotional range that she was given the title role in the wartime morale-booster Journey For Margaret (1942). She was so camera-savvy by the time she appeared in Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) that the film's star Lionel Barrymore declared that had this been the Middle Ages, O'Brien would have been burned at the stake! Some of her coworkers may secretly have wished that fate on O'Brien, since she reportedly flaunted her celebrity on the set, ostensibly at the encouragement of her parents. Famed for her crying scenes, O'Brien really let the faucets flow in her best film, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), in which her character also predated Wednesday Addams by two decades with a marked fascination for death and funerals. In 1944, O'Brien was given a special Academy Award, principally for work in Meet Me In St. Louis. As she grew, her charm faded; by 1951's Her First Romance, she was just one of a multitude of Hollywood teen ingenues. A comeback attempt in the 1956 film Glory was servicable, but the film was badly handled by its distributor RKO Radio and failed to re-establish the actress. A more fruitful role awaited her in a 1958 TV musical version of Little Women, in which O'Brien played Beth, the same role she'd essayed in the 1949 film version. In 1960, O'Brien had a strong supporting part in the period picture Heller in Pink Tights (1960), ironically playing a onetime child actress whose stage mother is trying to keep her in "kid" roles. In between summer theatre productions, O'Brien would resurface every so often in another TV show, reviewers would welcome her back, and then she'd be forgotten until the next part. The actress gained a great deal of weight in the late 1960s, turning this debility into an asset when she appeared in a "Marcus Welby MD" TV episode (starring her Journey for Margaret costar Robert Young) in which she played a woman susceptible to quack diet doctors. A bit thinner, and with eyes as wide and expressive as ever, O'Brien has recently appeared in a handful of episodes of "Murder She Wrote," that evergreen refuge for MGM luminaries of the past.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Actor 2018
No Score Yet This Is Our Christmas Mrs. Foxworth 2018
No Score Yet Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! Actor 2017
No Score Yet Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story Herself 2017
No Score Yet Halloween Pussy Trap! Kill! Kill! Actor 2017
No Score Yet Saul: The Journey to Damascus Producer 2015
No Score Yet The Red Dress Producer 2015
No Score Yet Dangerous Arrangement Producer 2015
No Score Yet Dear Viola Producer 2014
No Score Yet Mom's Day Away Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet My Gal Sunday Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet Rocky Road Producer 2014
No Score Yet Guess Who's Coming To Christmas Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Window Wonderland Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story Actor 2000
No Score Yet Creaturealm: From the Dead & Demons Wake Actor 1998
No Score Yet Hollywood Mortuary Herself 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
No Score Yet Princess Diana: The Queen of Hearts Narrator 1997
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Actor 1996
No Score Yet Amy Hazel Johnson 1981
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Della 1960
No Score Yet Glory Clarabel Tilbee 1956
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Mary Lennox 1949
83% Little Women Beth 1949
No Score Yet Tenth Avenue Angel Flavia Milla 1948
No Score Yet The Unfinished Dance 'Meg' Merlin 1948
No Score Yet Bad Bascomb Emmy 1946
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Selma Jacobson 1945
No Score Yet Music for Millions Mike 1944
100% Meet Me In St. Louis Tootie Smith 1944
83% The Canterville Ghost Lady Jessica de Canterville 1944
100% Jane Eyre Adele 1944
No Score Yet Lost Angel Alpha 1943
83% Madame Curie Irene at Age Five 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Guest 1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret Margaret 1942
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Bit Part 1941

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bitten
2014-2016
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jane
  • 1991
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1972
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Betsy
  • 1959

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