|Barbara O' Neil|
in All This, and Heaven Too trailer (1940)
July 17, 1910|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||September 3, 1980
Cos Cob, Connecticut, U.S.
|Years active||1937-59; 1970|
|Spouse(s)||Joshua Logan (1940–1942; divorced)|
Barbara O'Neil (July 17, 1910 – September 3, 1980) was an American actress. She appeared in the popular film Gone with the Wind (1939) and received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in All This, and Heaven Too (1940).
Life and career
Barbara O'Neil was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her acting career in summer stock. In July 1931 Bretaigne Windust, Charles Leatherbee (the grandson of Charles Richard Crane), and Joshua Logan, the three directors of the University Players, a three-year-old summer stock company at West Falmouth on Cape Cod, were looking for a leading lady for their repertory season that winter in Baltimore. At the suggestion of George Pierce Baker, they auditioned and hired O'Neil, one of his talented students at the Yale School of Drama. Romances born of the University Players led to three significant marriages: actress Margaret Sullavan to Henry Fonda for a few months in 1932, director/actor Joshua Logan's younger sister Mary Lee Logan to Charles Leatherbee, and Joshua Logan himself to Barbara O'Neil, which lasted only a brief period in the early 1940s. O'Neil never remarried.
In 1937 O'Neil debuted in the film Stella Dallas, and in 1939 she was cast in the role of Ellen O'Hara, Scarlett O'Hara's mother, in Gone with the Wind (though she was only three years older than her onscreen "daughter," Vivien Leigh), after the role was turned down by Lillian Gish. The following year, she appeared in All This and Heaven Too; she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of the domineering and jealous Duchesse de Praslin.
Her later films include Shining Victory (1941), I Remember Mama (1948), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948) and two of director Otto Preminger's films, Whirlpool (1949) and Angel Face (1952). She also appeared in The Nun's Story (1959), starring Audrey Hepburn.
|1937||Stella Dallas||Helen Morrison Dallas|
|1938||Love, Honor and Behave||Sally Painter|
|The Toy Wife||Louise Brigard|
|I Am the Law||Jerry Lindsay|
|1939||The Sun Never Sets||Helen Randolph|
|When Tomorrow Comes||Madeleine Chagal|
|Tower of London||Queen Elyzabeth|
|Gone with the Wind||Ellen O'Hara|
|1940||All This, and Heaven Too||Duchesse de Praslin||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1941||Shining Victory||Miss Leeming|
|1948||Secret Beyond the Door...||Miss Robey|
|I Remember Mama||Jessie Brown|
|1952||Angel Face||Mrs. Catherine Tremayne|
|1956||Flame of the Islands||Mrs. Duryea|
|1959||The Nun's Story||Mother Didyma|
|1970||Lions of St. Petersburg||Tamila||aka Leoni di Petersburgo|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barbara O'Neil.|
- Barbara O'Neil at the Internet Movie Database
- Barbara O'Neil at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Barbara O'Neil". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
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