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April 13, 2021

40 Gorgeous Photos of Maureen O’Sullivan in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1911 in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, Irish-American actress Maureen O’Sullivan signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1932. After several roles there and at other movie studios, she was chosen by Irving Thalberg to appear as Jane Parker in Tarzan the Ape Man, and was one of the more popular ingenues at MGM throughout the 1930s and appeared in a number of other productions with various stars. In all, O’Sullivan played Jane in six features between 1932 and 1942.

O’Sullivan was featured in The Thin Man (1934) and Anna Karenina (1935). After co-starring with the Marx Bros in A Day at the Races (1937), she appeared as Molly Beaumont in A Yank at Oxford (1938). Her other notably films include Pride and Prejudice (1940), Maisie Was a Lady (1941), and Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942).

Maureen O’Sullivan died in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications from heart surgery in 1998, at age 87. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

In 1982, O’Sullivan was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film. In 2020, she was listed at number 8 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Maureen O’Sullivan in the 1930s and 1940s.


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