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Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan
from The Shining Hour (1938)
Personal information
Birth nameMargaret Brooke Sullavan
Birth dateMay 16, 1909
Place of birthNorfolk, Virginia,
United States
Date of deathJanuary 01, 1960(age 50)
Death placeNew Haven, Connecticut,
United States
Years active1929 1960
SpouseHenry Fonda (1931-1932)
William Wyler (1934-1936)
Leland Hayward (1936-1947)
Kenneth Wagg (1950-1960)

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Margaret Brooke Sullavan (May 16, 1909 January 1, 1960; studio publicity incorrectly reported her year of birth as 1911) was an American stage and film actress. Sullavan started her career on the stage in 1929. In 1933 she caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl and had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday.

Margaret Sullavan preferred working on the stage and did only 16 movies. She retired from the screen in the early forties, but returned in 1950 to make her last movie, No Sad Songs For Me (1950), in which she plays a woman who is dying of cancer. For the rest of her career she would only appear on the stage.

Sullavan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Comrades (1938). She died of an overdose of barbiturates on January 1, New Year's Day, 1960, at the age of 50.

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