Margaret Sullavan Overview:

Legendary actress, Margaret Sullavan, was born Margaret Brooke Sullavan Hancock on May 16, 1909 in Norfolk, VA. Sullavan appeared in 22 film and tv roles. Her best known films include The Mortal Storm and The Shop Around the Corner, both released in 1940 and both co-starring James Stewart. Sullavan died at the age of 50 on Jan 1, 1960 in New Haven, CT and was laid to rest in Saint Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Churchyard Cemetery in Lancaster, VA.

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A petite actress of high stage reputation, Margaret Sullavan became the June Allyson of the thirties in a succession of high-class weepies. Like Alyson, she was touching and beguiling on screen, and hot-tempered off. In later days her stage career was less successful than it had been and, in 1956, she committed herself to a sanatorium. She was married to Henry Fonda for two months (from 1931-1932), William Wyler (from 1934-1936) and Leland Hayward (from 1936-1947) (the first, second and third of four husbands).

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Sullavan was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best ActressThree Comrades (1938)Pat HollmannNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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made sixteen movies during her Hollywood career

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Margaret Brooke Sullavan (May 16, 1909 ? January 1, 1960) was an American stage and film actress who preferred working on the stage, making only sixteen movies during her Hollywood career. was born May 16, 1909 in Norfolk, Virginia to Cornelius Sullavan, a wealthy stockbroker, a... Read full article


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Margaret Sullavan Quotes:

Klara Novak (Miss Novak): [In her letter to Alfred] : Oh, my Dear Friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there.


[Alfred Kralik has just disclosed to Klara Novak that he is her anonymous pen pal]
Alfred Kralik: Are you disappointed?
Klara Novak (Miss Novak): Psychologically, I'm very confused... But personally, I don't feel bad at all.


Dr. Schultz: Would you like to be an usherette, Luisa?
Luisa: Oh, yes, ma'am.
Dr. Schultz: Do you know what an usherette is?
Luisa: N-n-no, ma'am.


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Margaret Sullavan was married four times. She married Henry Fonda on December 25, 1931 in Baltimore, while both were performing with the University Players in its 18-week winter season there. However, Fonda's lack of experience and confidence did not go well with Sullavan and the marriage lasted only two months. In late 1934, she married William Wyler, the director of her next movie, The Good Fairy (1935). The marriage lasted just over a year and they divorced in March 1936. Sullavan's third husband was agent and producer Leland Hayward. Hayward had been Sullavan's agent since 1931 and their relationship had been deepening all through 1936; they had already become lovers, and Brooke, their "love child", had been conceived that October. They both wanted the baby and married on November 15, 1936. Their marriage lasted about 11 years and ended when Sullavan discovered that Hayward was cheating on her. three years later she married Kenneth Wagg, an English investment banker, to whom she was married at the time of her death.

Her youngest daughter, Bridget, was found dead in her Manhattan, New York apartment on October 31, 1960, only eleven months after her mother died. It was ruled a suicide by drug overdose, like her mother. She was 21 years old.

When she was attending Harvard University, she performed with the University Players with future stars like James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Kent Smith.

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