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Margaret Sullavan (1909–1960)

Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello, Lola in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Shop Around the Corner
Three Comrades
Three Comrades Patricia Hollmann
The Shopworn Angel
The Shopworn Angel Daisy Heath
Cry 'Havoc'
Cry 'Havoc' Lt. Smith


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 1954 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Mary Matthews
- State of the Union (1954) ... Mary Matthews
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Still Life (1951)
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Alexa Trent
- The Touchstone (1951) ... Alexa Trent
 1950 No Sad Songs for Me
Mary Scott
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- The Twelve Pound Look (1949) ... Kate
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
Lt. Smith
 1941 Appointment for Love
Dr. Jane Alexander
 1941 Back Street
Ray Smith
 1941 So Ends Our Night
Ruth Holland
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Freya Roth
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner
Klara Novak
 1938 The Shining Hour
Judy Linden
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Daisy Heath
 1938 Three Comrades
Patricia Hollmann
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
Cherry Chester / Sarah Brown
 1936 Next Time We Love
Cicely Hunt Tyler
 1935 So Red the Rose
Valette Bedford
 1935 The Good Fairy
Luisa 'Lu' Ginglebuscher
 1934 Little Man, What Now?
Emma 'Lammchen' Pinneberg
 1933 Only Yesterday
Mary Lane
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Stage: Appeared (as "Ella") in "A Modern Virgin" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Elmer Harris. Directed by Stanley Logan. Booth Theatre: 20 May 1931-5 Jul 1931 (53 performances). Cast: Mildred Baker, Andree Corday, George Houston, Nicholas Joy (as "Richard Chiltern"), Alfred Kappeler, Fred Irving Harris, Claudia Morgan (as "Mina ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 2" (1.57 m)

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Perhaps I'll get used to this bizarre place called Hollywood, but I doubt it.


In a letter to his sister, Henry Fonda also described Sullavan as "cream and sugar on a dish of hot ashes." (From the 2017 dual biography of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, Hank & Jim, by film historian Scott Eyman). See more »


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