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MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN SCRAPBOOK
INTRO ~ BIO ~ FILMOGRAPHY


Maureen O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. As a child, O'Sullivan attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, in London, where future screen legend Vivien Leigh was a classmate. At age 18, O'Sullivan was discovered at a horse show in Dublin by Hollywood director Frank Borzage. She moved to Hollywood and started her film career dubiously with the 1930 musical flop Song O' My Heart co-starring John McCormack. Her first real success came in 1931 with Will Rogers in A Connecticut Yankee.

Legendary producer Irving Thalberg tapped her for what became her most famous role, as Jane in the Tarzan series, opposite Olympic swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller.

After 12 years in the movies, O'Sullivan took a break to raise her seven children, Michael, Patrick, Maria (Mia), John, Prudence, Theresa (Tisa), and Stephanie, whom she had with her husband, Australian writer and director John Farrow. She returned to the big screen in 1948, with The Big Clock, directed by her husband.

Her career, spanning 64 years and over 60 films, included Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Hannah and her Sisters (1986) with her daughter Mia, and directed by Mia's then-boyfriend Woody Allen. O'Sullivan was frequently seen at Mia's side during her bitter custody battle with Allen.

John Farrow died in 1963. O'Sullivan re-married in 1983, to businessman James Cushing. Her oldest son, Michael, died in a plane crash in 1958 while taking flying lessons. O'Sullivan died in 1998 at the age of 87.


Maureen O'Sullivan talks about Tarzan
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY
Title ~ Date ~ Role
TCM
1. Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994) as Eleanor Biddlecomb.
2. Horton Foote's The Habitation of Dragons (1992) as Miss Helen Taylor.
3. MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
4. With Murder in Mind (1992) as Aunt Mildred.
5. Stranded (1987) as Grace Clark.
6. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) as Norma--Hannah'S Mother.
7. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) as Elizabeth Alvorg.
8. Too Scared to Scream (1985) as Mother.
9. Traveller (1982)
10. Great Houdinis, The (1976) as Lady Doyle.
11. Crooked Hearts, The (1972) as Lillian Stanton.
12. The Phynx (1970) as .
13. Never Too Late (1965) as Edith Lambert .
14. Wild Heritage (1958) as Emma Breslin .
15. The Tall T (1957) as Doretta Mims .
16. Duffy of San Quentin (1954) as Gladys Duffy .
17. The Steel Cage (1954) as Mrs. Duffy .
18. Mission over Korea (1953) as Nancy Slocum .
19. All I Desire (1953) as Sara Harper .
20. Bonzo Goes to College (1952) as Marion Drew .
21. Where Danger Lives (1950) as Julie [Dorn] .
22. The Big Clock (1948) as Georgette Stroud .
23. Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) as Jane .
24. Maisie Was a Lady (1941) as Abby Rawlston .
25. Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) as Jane .
26. Pride and Prejudice (1940) as Jane Bennet .
27. Sporting Blood (1940) as Linda Lockwood .
28. Let Us Live (1939) as Mary Roberts .
29. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) as Jane .
30. A Yank at Oxford (1938) as Molly Beaumont .
31. Port of Seven Seas (1938) as Madelon .
32. Spring Madness (1938) as Alexandra Benson .
33. Hold That Kiss (1938) as Jane Evans .
34. The Crowd Roars (1938) as Sheila Carson .
35. The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937) as Maria [Orlech] .
36. Between Two Women (1937) as Claire Donahue .
37. A Day at the Races (1937) as Judy [Standish] .
38. My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937) as Martha Aldrich .
39. Tarzan Escapes (1936) as Jane [Parker] .
40. The Devil-Doll (1936) as Lorraine [Lavond] .
41. The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936) as Camden Terry .
42. Woman Wanted (1935) as Ann [Gray] .
43. Cardinal Richelieu (1935) as Lenore .
44. The Bishop Misbehaves (1935) as Hester [Grantham] .
45. West Point of the Air (1935) as His daughter "Skip" .
46. David Copperfield (1935) as Dora .
47. Anna Karénina (1935) as Kitty .
48. The Flame Within (1935) as Lillian Belton .
49. The Thin Man (1934) as Dorothy [Wynant] .
50. Tarzan and His Mate (1934) as Jane Parker .
51. Hide-Out (1934) as Pauline [Miller] .
52. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) as Henrietta Barrett .
53. Stage Mother (1933) as Shirley Lorraine .
54. Tugboat Annie (1933) as Pat [Severn] .
55. Robbers' Roost (1933) as Helen Herrick .
56. The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble (1933) as Molly Kelly .
57. Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) as Jane Parker .
58. Fast Companions (1932) as Sally .
59. The Silver Lining (1932) as Joyce Moore [also known as Mary Kane] .
60. Payment Deferred (1932) as Winnie Marble .
61. Skyscraper Souls (1932) as Lynn [Harding] .
62. Okay America (1932) as Sheila Barton .
63. Strange Interlude (1932) as Madeleine .
64. Skyline (1931) as Kathleen Kearny .
65. A Connecticut Yankee (1931) as Alisande/Girl in mansion .
66. The Big Shot (1931) as Doris [Thompson] .
67. Song o' My Heart (1930) as Eileen O'Brien .
68. The Princess and the Plumber (1930) as Princess Louise .
69. Just Imagine (1930) as LN--18 .
70. So This Is London (1930) as Elinor Worthing .
Publicity (feature film)
71. Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills (1996) as Publicist.
Cast (special)
72. Jean Harlow: Platinum Bombshell (1996) as Interviewee.
73. Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996) as Interviewee.
74. Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
75. Mandy's Grandmother (1980) as Grandmother.
Film Production - Main (special)
76. Rock 'n' Roll Summit, A (1987) as Coordinating Producer.
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
77. Good Old Boy (1988) as Aunt Sue.
Cast (short)
78. Hollywood - The Second Step (1936)


ERB inscription on a G&D Tarzan of the Apes book presented to Maureen O'Sullivan in 1938. 
Embellished here with a photo taken years earlier on the Tarzan set.
"To / Maureen "Jane" Farrow / with all good wishes / from her old friend / and admirer /
Edgar Rice Burroughs / Tarzana, / California / January 31 1938".


A splendid choice for reading more about Maureen O'Sullivan
is fellow-Burroughs Bibliophile David Fury's definitive biography
which includes 200 glossy photos and comprehensive filmography,
lists of her other media appearances, etc.

Available at Amazon or from
David Fury at
Tarzan1904@aim.com

See the ERBzine review of this book at:
ERBzine 1941


MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN TRIBUTE

CONTENTS
INTRO/BIO
PHOTOS I
PHOTOS II
JANE I
JANE II
JANE III
JANE IV
JANE V
UNUSUAL
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