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 .



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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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: Don't leave me, Theo!
Duc de Praslin: I'm late in Paris.
Duchesse de Praslin: But... I must talk to you! I never see you!
Duc de Praslin: The king expects me.
Duchesse de Praslin: [She grabs for his hands and he pulls it away] Does even the touch of my hands feel you with aversion?
Duc de Praslin: Oh really Frances...
Duchesse de Praslin: It must be aversion you feel since you always avoid me, never giving me a moment's thought or attention!
Duc de Praslin: I have no wish to avoid you Frances. I would talk to you by the hour if we could do so with calmness and sanity, but it always ends the same. -He begins walking out.
Duchesse de Praslin: Wait! Theo! Wait! Oh how cruel you are my darling! Take the children! Take them! I care nothing about them, about anyone but you! Theo! If I promise never again to torment you with my anger, with my unreasoning mistrust... Theo!
Duc de Praslin: You don't know what you're saying.
Duchesse de Praslin: Theo! Theo! Come back! Theo I beg you! Oh, Theo come back! -She sees he is already gone and becomes hysteric: I hate you! I loathe you! You're wicked! Wicked! Wicked!

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
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.

From a socially prominent New England family, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence college.

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).

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