October 23, 1908|
Bayonne, New Jersey
|Died||June 18, 1968
|Other names||Virginia Louise Noonan|
|Years active||1925 - 1937|
|Spouse(s)||Stewart S. Battles|
O'Neil was born Virginia Louise Noonan, one of 9 children born to Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Noonan in Bayonne, New Jersey. Her father was a lawyer and a judge. One of her sisters was actress Suzanne Dobson Noonan, an actress known professionally as Molly O'Day. Another sister, Isabelle, also acted in films.
Convent-educated, she started her career in vaudeville, billed as "Chotsie Noonan" and known for her petite but curvaceous frame and curly brown hair. She was teamed with Constance Bennett and Joan Crawford in the MGM film Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), directed by Edmund Goulding, which was "her big break."
Her pictures include The Brat, a 1931 Pre-Code film directed by John Ford and screened at New York City's Museum of Modern Art in November 2016. A showcase for O'Neil, the movie involves a brash chorus girl's effect upon a snobbish family when their son brings her home in order to research a novel.
By the late 1930s, her film career was over, but she continued on stage and toured with the USO until the 1950s.
In October 1953, O'Neil married businessman S.S. Battles. They divorced in 1957, but they soon remarried.:13
- Don't (1925)
- Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)
- Mike (1926)
- The Auction Block (1926)
- Battling Butler (1926)
- Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927)
- The Callahans and the Murphys (1927)
- Frisco Sally Levy (1927)
- Becky (1927)
- The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
- Mad Hour (1928)
- Girl on the Barge (1929)
- Broadway Scandals (1929)
- Jazz Heaven (1929)
- A Real Girl (1929)
- On with the Show (1929)
- The Show of Shows (1929)
- Hold Everything (1930)
- Kathleen Mavourneen (1930)
- Murder by the Clock (1931)
- Salvation Nell (1931)
- The Brat (1931)
- By Appointment Only (1933)
- The Moth (1934)
- Convention Girl (1935)
- Too Tough to Kill (1935)
- Kathleen Mavourneen (1937)
- O'Dell, Cary (October 2016). "The Movie Star Next Door: Sally O'Neil". Classic Images (496): 6–13.
- "Easy Come, Easy Go in Movies; Sisters Now Are Bankrupt". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. United Press. November 10, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved October 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Villecco, Tony (2001). Silent Stars Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers. McFarland. p. 122. ISBN 9780786482092. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Thomas, Dan (July 11, 1934). "The Tough Job of Being a Prophet in Hollywood". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Illinois, Edwardsville. p. 5.
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