Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan

Born May 16, 1909

Margaret Brooke Sullavan was an American stage and film actress. Sullavan started her career on the stage in 1929. In 1933 she caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl and had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday. Sullavan preferred working on the stage and made only 16 movies, four of which were opposite James Stewart in a popular partnership.… Read More

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1909 Birth Born on May 16, 1909.


1927 18 Years Old She attended boarding school at Chatham Episcopal Institute (now Chatham Hall), where she was president of the student body and delivered the salutary oration in 1927. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Sullavan succeeded in getting a chorus part in the Harvard Dramatic Society 1929 spring production Close Up, a musical written by Harvard senior Bernard Hanighen, who was later a composer for Broadway and Hollywood. … Read More
1930 21 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned for most of the University Players' 1930 season. … Read More
1931 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Sullavan made her debut on Broadway in A Modern Virgin (a comedy by Elmer Harris), on May 20, 1931. … Read More
…  In 1933 she caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl and had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old Sullavan's co-starring roles with James Stewart are among the highlights of their early careers. In 1935, Sullavan had decided on doing Next Time We Love. … Read More
1936 27 Years Old 1 More Event
When Sullavan divorced Wyler in 1936 and married Leland Hayward that same year, they moved to a colonial house just a block down from Stewart. … Read More


1943 34 Years Old From 1943-44 she played the sexually inexperienced but curious Sally Middleton in The Voice of the Turtle (by John Van Druten) on Broadway and later in London (1947).
1947 38 Years Old In 1947, Sullavan filed for divorce after discovering that Hayward was having an affair with socialite Slim Keith.


After her short return to the screen in 1950 with No Sad Songs for Me, she did not return to the stage until 1952. … Read More
1955 46 Years Old In 1955-56 Sullavan appeared in Janus, a comedy by playwright Carolyn Green. … Read More


1959 50 Years Old However, in 1959 she agreed to do Sweet Love Remembered by playwright Ruth Goetz. … Read More
She died of an overdose of barbiturates, which was ruled accidental, on January 1, 1960 at the age of 50. … Read More
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