Maureen O'Sullivan

Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress | * 05/17/1911 († 87, 06/23/1998) | Boyle, County Roscommon (Ireland)
Maureen O'Sullivan (17 May 1911 – 23 June 1998) was an Irish-American actress, who played Jane in the Tarzan series of films during the era of Johnny Weissmuller. She starred in dozens of feature films across a span of more than half a century and performed with such actors as Laurence Olivier, Greta Garbo, Fredric March, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, the Marx Bros. (Groucho, Harpo and Chico) and Woody Allen. In 2020, she was listed at number eight on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. ()

Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, on May 17, 1911. The future mother of Mia Farrow was a schooldays classmate of Vivien Leigh at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton in London. Even as a schoolgirl, Maureen desired an acting career; she studied hard and read widely. When the opportunity to be an actress came along, it almost dropped in her lap. The director Frank Borzage was in Dublin filming “Song o’ My Heart” (1930) when Maureen, then 18, met him. Borzage suggested a screen test, which she took. The results were more than favorable, as she won the part of Eileen O’Brien. The part was a substantial one, so much so that Maureen went on to Hollywood to complete the filming. Once in sunny California, Maureen wasted no time landing roles in other films such as “Just Imagine” (1930), “Princess and the Plumber” (1930), and “So This Is London” (1930). Maureen was on a roll that her contemporaries could only have wished for when they were coming up through the ranks. In 1932, Maureen was teamed up with Olympic medal winner Johnny Weissmuller for the first time in “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932). Five other Tarzan films followed, the last being “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” (1942). The Tarzan epics rank as one of the most memorable series ever made. Most people agree that those movies would not have been successful had it not been for the fine acting talents, not to mention beauty, of Maureen O’Sullivan. But she was more than Jane Parker in the Tarzan films; she had great roles and played beautifully in films such as “The Flame Within” (1935), “David Copperfield” (1935), and “Anna Karenina” (1935). She turned in yet another fine performance in “Pride and Prejudice” (1940). After the 1940s, Maureen made far fewer films, not because she lost popularity but by choice. It isn’t always easy to walk away from a lucrative career, but she did because she wanted to devote more time to her husband, John Farrow, an Australian writer, and their seven children. The couple were married from 1936 until his death in 1963. She did not, however, retire completely; Maureen still found time to make an occasional appearance in films or TV or on the stage. Later movie-goers remember her as Elizabeth Alvorg in the hit film “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986). Her final silver screen appearance was in “The River Pirates” (1988). Some TV movies followed, but only until 1996. She maintained homes in New Hampshire and Arizona, and it was in Scottsdale that Maureen died on June 23, 1998, of a heart attack. She was 87 years old.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Movies with Maureen O'Sullivan as Actress(86)

as Herself (archive footage)2017 Tarzan Revisited
as Self (archive footage)2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel
as Self (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as Eleanor Biddlecomb1994 Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is
as Helen Taylor1992 The Habitation of Dragons
as Aunt Mildred1992 With Murder in Mind
as Grace Clark1987 Stranded
as Elizabeth Alvorg1986 Peggy Sue Got Married
as Marian Hardwick1984 Too Scared to Scream
as Esther "Esty" Crampton1982 Morning's at Seven
as Grandmother1978 Mandy's Grandmother
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as Lady Conan Doyle1976 The Great Houdinis
as Self (archive footage)1976 It's Showtime
as Lillian Stanton1972 The Crooked Hearts
as herself1970 The Phynx
as Edith Lambert1965 Never Too Late
as Emma Breslin1958 Wild Heritage
as Julia Williams1957 The Edge of Innocence
as Doretta Mims1957 The Tall T
as Sister Mary Benedict1956 The Blessed Midnight
as Gladys Duffy1954 Duffy of San Quentin
as Gladys Duffy1954 The Steel Cage
as Sara Harper1953 All I Desire
as Nancy Slocum1953 Mission Over Korea
as Marion Gateson Drew1952 Bonzo Goes to College
as The Dishwasher (voice)1952 Ellis in Freedomland
as Nan Kyle1951 No Resting Place
as Julie Dorn1950 Where Danger Lives
as Self (uncredited)1950 Screen Actors
as Georgette Stroud1948 The Big Clock
as Abby Rawlston1941 Maisie Was a Lady
as Linda Lockwood1940 Sporting Blood
as Jane Bennet1940 Pride and Prejudice
as Mary Roberts1939 Let Us Live
as Jane Parker1939 Tarzan Finds a Son!
as Molly Beaumont1938 A Yank at Oxford
as Alexandra Benson1938 Spring Madness
as June Evans1938 Hold That Kiss
as Sheila 'Shelia' Carson1938 The Crowd Roars
as Madelon1938 Port of Seven Seas
as Martha Aldrich1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
as Judy Standish1937 A Day at the Races
as Claire Donahue1937 Between Two Women
as Maria Orlich1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
as Camden Terry1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann
as Lorraine Lavond1936 The Devil-Doll
as Jane1936 Tarzan Escapes
as Linda Belton1935 The Flame Within
as Ann1935 Woman Wanted
as Lenore1935 Cardinal Richelieu
as Hester Grantham1935 The Bishop Misbehaves
as 'Skip' Carter1935 West Point of the Air
as Dora Spenlow1935 David Copperfield
as Kitty1935 Anna Karenina
as Dorothy Wynant1934 The Thin Man
as Jane Parker1934 Tarzan and His Mate
as Pauline Miller1934 Hide-Out
as Henrietta Barrett1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
as Patricia 'Pat' Severn1933 Tugboat Annie
as Shirley Lorraine1933 Stage Mother
as Winnie Marble1932 Payment Deferred
as Lynn Harding1932 Skyscraper Souls
as Joyce Moore1932 The Silver Lining
as Helen Herrick1932 Robbers' Roost
as Sally1932 Fast Companions
as Sheila Barton1932 Okay, America!
as Madeline Arnold1932 Strange Interlude
as Jane Parker1932 Tarzan the Ape Man
as Alisande / Woman in Mansion1931 A Connecticut Yankee
as Doris Thompson1931 The Big Shot
as Katherine Kearny1931 Skyline
as Eileen1930 Song o' My Heart
as Princess Louise1930 The Princess and the Plumber
as LN-181930 Just Imagine
as Elinor Worthing1930 So This Is London

TV Shows/Series with Maureen O'Sullivan as Actress(13)

as Lady Dominey1954 Climax!
as Miriam1954 Climax!
as Minna Baxter1952 Four Star Playhouse
as Sister Mary Benedict1952 Cavalcade of America
as Agnes Fisher1950 Lux Video Theatre
as Self - Intermission Guest1950 Lux Video Theatre
as Stella1950 Lux Video Theatre
as Mary1950 Lux Video Theatre
as Self - Mystery Guest1950 What's My Line?

Full Name: Maureen O'Sullivan
Born: Wednesday, 05/17 1911 (May) in Boyle, County Roscommon (Ireland)
Died: Tuesday, 06/23 1998 (June) in Scottsdale (aged: 87)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Woldingham School
Spouses (current/former): John Farrow
Children: Mia Farrow, Tisa Farrow, Patrick Villiers Farrow, Stephanie Farrow, Prudence Farrow
Father: Charles O'Sullivan
Mother: Mary Frazer
Other names for Maureen O'Sullivan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Maureen Paula O'Sullivan"
"Морин О’Салливан"
"Maureen O’Sullivan"
"Maureen O’Sullivan (Schauspielerin)"
Maureen O'Sullivan frequently works together with these people:
David Niven (36x, Actor)
Charles Boyer (28x, Actor)
Cedric Gibbons (28x, Crew)
Dick Powell (27x, Actor)
Douglas Shearer (25x, Crew)
Ida Lupino (21x, Actress)
Vincent Price (15x, Actor)
Edmond O'Brien (14x, Actor)
Edwin B. Willis (14x, Crew)
Dolly Tree (14x, Crew)
Beverly Garland (13x, Actress)
Hugh Beaumont (13x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1317, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/25/2023