Martha O'Driscoll

American actress, dancer, socialite Martha O'Driscoll

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.
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Ocala, Florida
Actor, Dancer

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  • 1998
    Age 75
    Martha O'Driscoll died on November 3, 1998, aged 76, in Miami, Florida.
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  • 1947
    Age 24
    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.
  • 1943
    Age 20
    In 1943, she married Lieutenant Commander Richard D. Adams (U.S. Navy) on September 18, 1943, but they separated ten months later.
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    In 1943, she starred alongside William Holden and Susan Hayward, in Young and Willing.
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  • 1936
    Age 13
    She had other small dancing roles in Here Comes the Band, The Big Broadcast of 1936 and The Great Ziegfeld.
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  • 1935
    Age 12
    They moved to Hollywood in 1935, but Pan was out of town, so they answered an advertisement for dancers and O'Driscoll was given a role in Collegiate (1935), a musical.
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    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.
  • 1922
    Born on March 4, 1922.
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