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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Do you remember watching Tarzan? On this day in 1911, Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born. Often considered Ireland’s first film star, O’Sullivan is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal of Jane in six Tarzan films.

Image: Maureen O’Sullivan / Wikimedia Commons

O’Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland to Mary Eva Frazer and Charles Joseph O’Sullivan, who was an officer in the Connaught Rangers and served in World War I. Growing up, she went to school in Dublin where she was classmates with future Academy Award winning actress Vivien Leigh.

In 1930, O’Sullivan caught the eye of filmmaker Frank Borzage at an international horse show in Dublin. After coming to Hollywood, she landed the role of Jane in Tarzan the Ape Man opposite star Johnny Weissmuller. Between 1932 and 1942, O’Sullivan appeared in six Tarzan films. She would make over 60 films over the course of her career.

Did you know O’Sullivan is the mother of actress Mia Farrow? O’Sullivan and her husband, John Villiers Farrow, would have a total of seven children together.

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