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Margaret O'Brien

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Margaret O'Brien (born January 15, 1937) is an American film and stage actress. Although her film career as a leading character was brief, she was one of the most popular child actors in cinema history. In her later career, she appeared on stage and in supporting film roles. She was born Angela Maxine O'Brien; (she later changed her name to Margaret following the success of the film Journey for Margaret, in which she played the title role). Her father Lawrence O'Brien, a circus performer, died before she was born.[1]; Margaret's mother, Gladys Flores, was a well-known flamenco dancer who often performed with her sister Marissa, also a dancer. Margaret is of half-Irish and half-Spanish ancestry. She made her first film appearance in Babes on Broadway (1941) at the age of four, but it was the following year that her first major role brought her widespread attention. As a five-year-old in Journey for Margaret (1942), O'Brien won wide praise for her convincing acting style. By 1943, she was considered a big enough star to have a cameo appearance in the all-star military show finale of Thousands Cheer. She played a young French girl, and spoke and sang all her dialogue with a French accent, in Jane Eyre (1944). Arguably her most memorable role was as "Tootie" in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), opposite Judy Garland. O'Brien had by this time added singing and dancing to her achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Juvenile Award the following year as the "outstanding child actress of 1944." Her other successes included The Canterville Ghost (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), and the first sound version of The Secret Garden (1949), but she was unable to make the transition to adult roles. A 1946 Looney Tunes short, Book Revue, placed a caricature of O'Brien in the role of Little Red Riding Hood. Margaret later shed her child star image in 1958 by appearing on the cover of Life Magazine with the caption "The Girl's Grown", and was a mystery guest on the TV panel show What's My Line?. O'Brien's acting roles as an adult have been few and far between, mostly in small independent films. However, she does do occasional interviews, mostly for the Turner Classic Movies cable network. She played the role of Betsy Stauffer, a small town nurse, in "The Incident of the Town in Terror" on television's Rawhide. Another rare television outing was as a guest star on the popular Marcus Welby, M.D. in the early 1970s, reuniting Margaret with her Journey For Margaret and The Canterville Ghost co-star Robert Young. Description above from the Wikipedia article Margaret O'Brien, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jan 15, 1937 In San Diego, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
51
First Appeared:
In the movie Journey for Margaret 1942-12-17
Latest Project:
Movie Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story 2016-06-03
Known For
Poster of Sunset After Dark
Poster of Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic
Poster of Meet Me in St. Louis
Poster of Jane Eyre
Filmography

Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story (2016)

Comedy
Movie
as Herself

A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)

Documentary
Movie
0.5 1 votes

Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002)

Documentary
Movie
as Herself
6 1 votes

Creaturealm: From the Dead (1998)

Movie
as Herself

Hollywood Mortuary (1998)

Horror Comedy
Movie
as Herself
1 1 votes

Sunset After Dark (1996)

Movie
as Betty Corman

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown
6.3 3 votes

Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic (1994)

Documentary
Movie
as Herself

The New Lassie (1989)

Family Drama
Series
as Unknown

Hotel (1983)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 4 votes

Tales from the Darkside (1983)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
6.9 12 votes

Amy (1981)

Movie
as Hazel Johnson
8 1 votes

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Documentary Family Music
Movie
as Clip from 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (archive footage)
7.9 15 votes

Ironside (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 18 votes

Combat! (1962)

War & Politics Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 8 votes

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

The Aquanauts (1960)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Action Adventure Romance Western
Movie
as Della Southby
5.8 5 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Glory (1956)

Drama
Movie
as Clarabel Tilbee

The Steve Allen Show (1956)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Matinee Theater (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.7 10 votes

Her First Romance (1951)

Movie

Robert Montgomery Presents (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Little Women (1949)

Drama Family Romance
Movie
as Beth
7.4 25 votes

The Secret Garden (1949)

Drama Family
Movie
as Mary Lennox
6.7 3 votes

Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Flavia Mills
5 1 votes

Big City (1948)

Movie
as Midge
6.5 1 votes

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.6 7 votes

The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Drama
Movie
as 'Meg' Merlin
6 1 votes

Bad Bascomb (1946)

Western
Movie
as Emmy
5 1 votes

Three Wise Fools (1946)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Sheila O'Monahan
5 1 votes

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Drama
Movie
as Selma Jacobson
3.9 5 votes

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as 'Tootie' Smith
6.8 60 votes

The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Comedy Drama Fantasy
Movie
as Lady Jessica de Canterville
5.8 10 votes

Music for Millions (1944)

Comedy Drama Music
Movie
as Mike
7 1 votes

You, John Jones! (1943)

Drama War
Movie
as Daughter

Thousands Cheer (1943)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Customer in Red Skelton Skit
7 1 votes

Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)

Drama
Movie
as Margaret
6 1 votes

Lost Angel (1943)

Drama
Movie
as Alpha
7.5 2 votes

Madame Curie (1943)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Irene Curie - Age 5
6.7 10 votes

Jane Eyre (1943)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Adele Varens
6.4 26 votes

Journey for Margaret (1942)

Drama War
Movie
as Margaret
6.4 4 votes