Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan

Highest Rated: 100% The Mortal Storm (1940)

Lowest Rated: 86% The Good Fairy (1935)

Birthday: May 16, 1909

Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

A petite brunette with large eyes dominating her small, attractively angular face, Margaret Sullavan made her stage debut with the University Players (which included James Stewart and Henry Fonda) in Falmouth, MA, and entered films in 1933. With her husky voice and unique, magnetic charm Sullavan was an immediate success, proving herself airy and delightful in comedy ("The Good Fairy" 1935, "The Shop Around the Corner" 1939) and wistful and poignant in drama ("Only Yesterday," her 1933 debut; "Three Comrades" 1938). Her unstable temperament and her critical disdain for the Hollywood establishment, however, significantly reduced her screen output, facilitating her many returns to Broadway. She was married to Henry Fonda, William Wyler and producer-agent Leland Hayward. Sullavan suffered a number of mental health problems (including severe depression brought on partly by increasing deafness in middle age) and died of a drug overdose. A family memoir, "Haywire" (1977), was written by her daughter, Brooke Hayward.

Highest rated movies

The Mortal Storm
The Shop Around the Corner
Three Comrades
The Good Fairy




No Score Yet 50% No Sad Songs for Me Mary Scott (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Havoc Lieutenant Smith (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back Street Ray Smith (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 100% So Ends Our Night Ruth Holland (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Appointment for Love Dr. Jane Alexander (Character) - 1941
100% 85% The Mortal Storm Freya Roth (Character) - 1940
100% 91% The Shop Around the Corner Klara Novak (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 39% The Shining Hour Judy Linden (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 79% The Shopworn Angel Daisy Heath (Character) - 1938
100% 65% Three Comrades Patricia Hollmann (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 33% The Moon's Our Home Cherry Chester/Sarah Brown (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 45% Next Time We Love Cicely Tyler (Character) - 1935
86% 85% The Good Fairy Luisa "Lu" Ginglebuscher (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 78% So Red the Rose Valette Bedford (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 77% Little Man, What Now? Emma 'Lammchen' Pinneberg (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 71% Only Yesterday Mary Lane (Character) - 1933


No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1954