Maureen O'Sullivan: No Average Jane

Maureen O'Sullivan: No Average Jane

by David Fury

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While Maureen O’Sullivan is fondly remembered as “Jane” of the Tarzan movies, she also was a major star with MGM during the 1930s. The talented actress had lead or starring roles in 48 films between 1930 and 1940… she was literally the busiest actor in Hollywood. Some of her most memorable roles were in classic films such as The Thin Man (1934), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), David Copperfield (1935), A Day at the Races (1937), A Yank At Oxford (1938), and Pride and Prejudice (1940). Maureen had starring roles in 70 films over a sixty-year career, added radio acting to her repertory in the late 1930s, and also television drama in the 1950s. In 1962 she made a critical career move to the legitimate stage in the hit comedy, Never Too Late, which ran on Broadway for two years and later became a motion picture starring Maureen and Paul Ford. Maureen stayed on the stage for over 25 years and had another Broadway success in 1980, Morning’s At Seven, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival. After being off the big screen for twenty years, the actress made a strong comeback in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), with one of the finest portrayals of her career. She also had featured roles in several dramas over the next few years. Maureen was a loving mother and had seven children with husband John Farrow, who died of a heart attack in 1963. She married Jim Cushing in 1983, and their very happy relationship lasted until her death in 1998. This biography follows her fascinating life after being discovered in Ireland in 1929 at age eighteen by Frank Borzage. The talented director brought her to Hollywood to star in Song O’ My Heart (1930) with the legendary Irish tenor, John McCormack. Her life became a storybook tale when she was chosen to co-star with Johnny Weissmuller in a series of Tarzan pictures, including Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932), the classic Tarzan and His Mate (1934), and four more jungle adventures. Maureen loved acting and never retired. She was still plying her trade as an octogenarian when her fellow actresses of the 1930s were long gone from the scene. In later years she accepted her legacy as Jane to Weissmuller’s Tarzan, but in this story you will discover that Maureen O’Sullivan was “No Average Jane.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148943488
Publisher: Artist's Press
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

David Fury is an author and songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now resides in the Los Angeles area. He is also the author of The Cinema History of Burt Lancaster (1988), Kings of the Jungle (Foreword by Maureen O'Sullivan 1994), Chuck Connors: The Man Behind the Rifle (1997), and Johnny Weissmuller: Twice the Hero (2000). David Fury's new book is Burt Lancaster: In Light and Shadow, the definitive biography of the multi-talented actor, producer, and circus acrobat!... to be published in 2014. More information at

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