Maureen O'Sullivan

  • Birth Name: Maureen Paula O'Sullivan
  • Birth Place: Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland
  • Died: June 23, 1998
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Was a schoolmate of Vivien Leigh's at London's Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton.
  • Was discovered by director Frank Borzage while he was in Dublin, Ireland, shooting Song O' My Heart (1930). Borzage asked her to screen-test and liked what he saw, so he put her in the film.
  • Appeared in eight films in 1932, including Tarzan the Ape Man, her first of six lord-of-the-jungle adventures with Johnny Weissmuller.
  • Was granted a papal dispensation to marry the divorced John Farrow in 1936.
  • Eldest son, Michael, was killed in a 1958 plane crash while taking flying lessons.
  • Was a Today Girl on the Today show from 1962 to '64.
  • In 1962, made her Broadway debut in Never Too Late, and went on to star in the 1965 big-screen version. 
  • Operated a bridal-consulting service called Wediquette International.
  • Played real-life daughter Mia Farrow's tipsy mother in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters.


  • James Cushing — Husband
  • Prudence Farrow — Daughter
  • Charles Joseph O'Sullivan — Father
  • John Farrow — Husband (deceased)
  • Patrick Farrow — Son
  • Mary Lovatt Fraser O'Sullivan — Mother
  • Mia Farrow — Daughter
  • Stephanie Farrow — Daughter
  • John Charles Farrow — Son
  • Tisa Farrow — Daughter
  • Michael Farrow — Son
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