Maureen O'Sullivan

Maureen O'Sullivan

Born: May 17, 1911
Died: June 23, 1998

The future jungle wife of Tarzan and mother of Mia and Tisa Farrow was a schooldays classmate of Vivien Leigh at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton (London). At the age of nine she intended to become a pilot. After more school in Paris, back in Dublin, she met director Frank Borzage who was doing location filming for Fox and who invited her to Hollywood where she arrived, accompanied by her mother, in 1930.

In 1932 she signed with MGM and completed nine movies at four studios. Irving Thalberg picked her to play Tarzan's Jane. She was perhaps MGM's most popular ingenue throughout the 1930s in a number of non-Tarzan vehicles.

She married Australian writer John Farrow (I) (later an award-winning director and author of a history of the papacy, a life of Thomas More and a Tahitian/English dictionary) with whom she had seven children: Michael, Patrick, Maria (Mia), John, Prudence, Theresa (Tisa) and Stephanie.

After her last Tarzan she asked for release from her contract to care for her husband who had just left the Navy with typhoid. She continued making occasional movies, television and stage appearances and operating a bridal consulting service.(Wediquette International).

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