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.


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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best ActressThree Comrades (1938)Pat HollmannNominated

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

By Art on May 19, 2014 From Classic Cinema Gold

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

Classic Movie Coincidence: Henry Fonda and

By Annmarie Gatti on May 16, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Henry Fonda and share a birthday, a film — and a marriage! Henry Fonda and were both born today, May 16 (4 years apart). They starred in one film together, The Moon’s Our Home (1936), — and they were married to each other for two months (1931-193... Read full article

Great On Screen Couples: and James Stewart

By monty on Feb 10, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

One of Hollywood's most beloved on screen couples has to be and James Stewart. The pair made four films together: Next Time We Love (1936); The Shopworn Angel (1938); The Shop Around The Corner (1940); and The Mortal Storm (1940). I have seen the last two films and like them very m... Read full article

The Shop Around The Corner – and James Stewart

By Art on Jan 19, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold

Klara 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.”- from The Shop Around The Corner. I read somewhere once th... Read full article

Four With

By KC on Sep 23, 2009 From Classic Movies

never cared much for Hollywood. She was more prolific on the Broadway stage, where she originated the lead roles in Sabrina and Stage Door. Even her marriages to Hollywood players: actor Henry Fonda, director William Wyler and agent Leland Hayward, didn’t last (her fourth mar... Read full article

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Margaret Sullavan Quotes:

Alfred Kralik: There might be a lot we don't know about each other. You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.
Klara Novak (Miss Novak): Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work.

Luisa: [In an energetic telling of a fairy tale for the other orphans] Wampa wampa, Wumpa wumpa, Eenie meenie minie mo; Sweet and faithful Rosalinda, Take me where I want to go.

Klara Novak (Miss Novak): All my knowledge came from books, and I'd just finished a novel about a glamorous French actress from the Comedie Francaise. That's the theater in France. When she wanted to arouse a man's interest, she treated him like a dog.
Alfred Kralik: Yes, well, you treated me like a dog.
Klara Novak (Miss Novak): Yes, but instead of licking my hand, you barked.

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Turned down the part of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934). Claudette Colbert was then given the role and won a best actress Oscar for her performance.

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