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Barbara O'Neil Overview:

Actress, Barbara O'Neil, was born Barbara O'Neil on Jul 17, 1910 in St. Louis, MO. O'Neil died at the age of 70 on Sep 3, 1980 in Cos Cob, CT .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although O'Neil was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1940Best Supporting ActressAll This, and Heaven Too (1940)Duchesse de PraslinNominated
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The Supporting Players of Gone With the Wind:

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as Ellen Robillard O'Hara American actress played many matriarchs in her 30 year career, but she is perhaps most famous for playing Scarlett O'Hara's mother in Gone With the Wind. O'Neil was born on July 17, 1910, in St. Louis. She always loved theater and after g... Read full article


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Barbara O'Neil Quotes:

Duchesse de Praslin: Mademoiselle Deluzy, just a moment.
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: But madame, I'm supposed to... monsieur's downstairs...
Duchesse de Praslin: Monsieur's downstairs, yes. I am here to make sure that you understand this time you've gone too far, mademoiselle. You are to leave this house into which you've brought evil and sin!
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Yes, madame, there is evil in this house, but it was here before I came. Twas not I who brought it.
Duchesse de Praslin: What intrigue there is beneath that mask of innocence! It was not enough for you to be a governess! No, you had to conspire to become the mistress of my household! To steal from me everything that was mine, including the affections of my children!
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Affections can not be stolen, madam, they are given freely or not at all. If you'd ever been a mother to your children, if you'd earned their love instead of driving them away nothing I could've done would ever make them turn away from you to...
Duchesse de Praslin: You've used them shamelessly to attract him! To separate him from me!
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Is it possible you've finally deceived yourself into believing...
Duchesse de Praslin: Have you not one shred of decency? How dare he'd entice you to come here to confess that you and he... to admit openly without delicacy that you...
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Why do you stop? I challenge you to accuse me of what you know is not true!
Duchesse de Praslin: I am not here to challenge you in a matter that is personable between myself and la monsieur duc! I am here to dismiss an unsatisfactory servant!


Duchesse de Praslin: Even if she goes to the ends of the earth, my hatred will follow her!


Duc de Praslin: May I have Pierre come for your luggage?
Duchesse de Praslin: Theo, last night I poured my heart out to you in a letter. I crept to your doorway which I am foridden to enter and stooped in humility and pushed it under the seal!
Duc de Praslin: I received it, Frances.
Duchesse de Praslin: But look! You didn't even open it! Oh Theo, do you suppose this empty pretense is what I hoped for?Lastnight I begged for you to come to me! I hoped we might start this journey today united as we once were! Theo, Theo! Have you completely forgotten the life we once shared together?
Duc de Praslin: If you're unhappy Frances, I am truly sorry, but I swear I never intended you a minute's pain.
Duchesse de Praslin: Oh no! You only say that! In reality you delight in torturing me! As one day heaven willing, I will torture you!


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Barbara O'Neil Facts
Reputedly a descendant of Irish kings, she was multi-lingual and widely travelled. A graduate from Sarah Lawrence college, she made her Broadway debut in 1933 in 'Carrie Nation'. Three years later, Barbara appeared in 'Ten Million Ghosts' with Orson Welles, prompting interest from Hollywood, where she made a career out of playing a succession of neurotic or sweetly dependable wives. Her best roles were in 'Stella Dallas' and 'All This and Heaven Too' (1940).

Was artist-in-residence at the University of Denver between 1958 and 1960. Retired shortly after to the family home in Cos Cob, Connecticut.

Her acting career began on stage with a summer stock company called the Cape Cod University Players, which was co-founded (1928) by future director/screenwriter Joshua Logan (she was married briefly to Logan in the 1930s). Other famous players who got their start in this prestigious company included Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Mildred Natwick.

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