Margaret O'Brien Overview:

Legendary actress, Margaret O'Brien, was born Angela Maxine O'Brien on Jan 15, 1937 in San Diego, CA. As of December 2023, Margaret O'Brien was 87 years old.


Dark-haired, appealing and very natural American child star, with big brown eyes and long pigtails, capable of more heartfelt conviction in her performances than most adults. Received a special Oscar in 1944, but when her studio (MGM) suspended her in 1950 for refusing to do a planned live-action film of Alice in Wonderland (ironically, never made), her star career was virtually finished.

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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. Margaret O'Brien's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #76 on Aug 15, 1946. O'Brien was never nominated for an Academy Award. However she won one Honorary Award in 1944 as outstanding child actress of 1944.

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Warner Archive: and Wallace Beery Team Up in Bad Bascomb (1946)

By KC on Aug 7, 2015 From Classic Movies

As outlaw Zed Bascomb, Wallace Beery is charmed by Mormon orphan in Bad Bascomb (1946), an under seen western now available on DVD from Warner Archive. While Bascomb is terrorizing the Rocky Mountain territories with his gang, federal agents are on the search for the crude crimina... Read full article


By Dawn on Aug 15, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Although 's career was brief, she was one of the most highly regarded child actors in cinema history. She performed in one of my favorite films, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Romantic/ musical. Cast: Judy Garland, , Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, Mar... Read full article

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

I had the pleasure of attending a very special screening of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). It took place in the TCL Chinese Theatre (Grauman's Chinese) and actress was in attendance. Seeing O'Brien at the TCM Classic Film Festival was an experience I'll never forget. In fact, I saw he... Read full article

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Margaret O'Brien Quotes:

Maxine, Little Girl at Audition: Please wait don't send my brother to the chair, don't let him burn, please please warden please

Peter Humphreys: [the children are taking their bathes. Peter and Margaret have their own tubs alligned next to each other with John Davis in the middle, helping them both] Thank you, my Mr. Davis.
Margaret White: He is NOT your Mr. Davis, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Peter Humphreys: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
Margaret White: No, he's MY Mr. Davis!
[with that, Margaret splashes water at Peter]
Peter Humphreys: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[Peter splashes her right back]
Margaret White: He's MY Mr. Davis!
[Margaret splashes again]
Margaret White: [the children's altercation continues and speeds up, with John Davis trying to plactate them both the whole time, and getting very wet in the process, but neither pay him any mind]

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Margaret O'Brien Facts
For her role as "Beth" in Little Women (1949), she worked again with Mary Astor, who played "Marmee", her mother. Astor was also her mother in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). In this film, she also worked again with Harry Davenport, who played "Dr. Barnes" and who played her grandfather in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).

In 1959, Ms. O'Brien starred in a national stage tour of "The Young And The Beautiful" by author Sally Benson (creator of the book that became O'Brien's most famous film, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)). Co-starring opposite O'Brien in the stage play of "The Young And The Beautiful" was Dirk Wayne Summers, who later became an award winning writer and director in films and television.

Gave birth to her only child, daughter Mara Tolene Thorsen. [1977]

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