Martha O'Driscoll

Martha O'Driscoll

Actress + Dancer + Socialite
Born Mar 4, 1922

Martha O'Driscoll was an American film actress from 1937 until 1947. Her mother was a financial partner in the Hollywood Mar-Ken School. The school's director, Mrs. Bessire, had a son, William Kent Bessire. The two women decided to name the school after their children -- Mar came from Martha and KEN from Kent. The school remained open until the early 1960s.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on March 4, 1922.


1935 13 Years Old 1 More Event
Trained in singing and dancing, O'Driscoll was discovered by choreographer Hermes Pan in a local theater production in Phoenix, which led to unbilled bits in musical movies from 1935.
1936 14 Years Old She had other small dancing roles in Here Comes the Band, The Big Broadcast of 1936 and The Great Ziegfeld. … Read More


1943 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1943, she starred alongside William Holden and Susan Hayward, in Young and Willing. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old …  She retired from the screen in 1947, to have and raise children with her husband, Arthur I. Appleton, President of Appleton Electric Company in Chicago, the company his father, Albert I. Appleton founded.


1998 77 Years Old Martha O'Driscoll died on November 3, 1998, aged 76, in Miami, Florida. … Read More
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