Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Margaret Sullavan (1909-1960) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Norfolk, VA born Sullavan preferred stage to screen, so only ever appeared in sixteen films, most worth mention. After having studied drama and dance in Boston, twenty-year-old Sullavan made her professional debut with Harvard’s University Players in The Devil in the Cheese in 1929. Her co-star was Henry Fonda, who became the first of Sullavan’s four husbands in 1931. She made her Broadway debut in 1931, and soon came to the attention of Hollywood director John M. Stahl for her work in the original Broadway production of Dinner at Eight. Sullavan was lured to Hollywood on a short-term contract and made her debut for Stahl in Only Yesterday (1933). Sullavan received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her work in Three Comrades (1938). Young James Stewart was leading man in one-quarter of Sullavan's film output beginning with Next Time We Love (1936), and then to more acclaim in The Shopworn Angel (1938), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and The Mortal Storm (1940). Other popular Margaret Sullavan releases include Little Man, What Now? (1934), The Good Fairy (1935), The Moon's Our Home (1936) with ex-husband Fonda, The Shining Hour (1938), Back Street (1941), and Cry Havoc (1943). She only appeared in one additional movie, No Sad Songs for Me (1950), but kept busy on stage throughout the 1950s. Sullavan's second husband was director William Wyler; Leland Hayward, her agent, was her third. Eldest daughter Brooke Hayward wrote bestselling family tell-all Haywire, also adapted for television with Lee Remick playing Margaret Sullavan.
Birthday: May 16