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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 July 1910St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 3 September 1980Cos Cob, Connecticut, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara O'Neil was born on July 17, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), The Nun's Story (1959) and Stella Dallas (1937). She was married to Joshua Logan. She died on September 3, 1980 in Cos Cob, Connecticut, USA.

Spouse (1)

Joshua Logan (18 June 1940 - 1942) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Was only 28 when she appeared as Ellen O'Hara (mother of Scarlett) in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Was artist-in-residence at the University of Denver between 1958 and 1960. Retired shortly after to the family home in Cos Cob, Connecticut.
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.
Striking, mature-looking brunette from Broadway in late 30s support film roles, playing neurotic, over-the-edge wives and socialites with flair.
Reputedly a descendant of Irish kings, she was multi-lingual and widely traveled. 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 (1937) and All This, and Heaven Too (1940).

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