Cathy O'Donnell

About Cathy O'Donnell

Who is it?: Actress, Soundtrack
Birth Day: July 06, 1923
Birth Place:  Siluria, Alabama, United States
Died On: April 11, 1970(1970-04-11) (aged 46)\nLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Birth Sign: Leo
Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Alma mater: Oklahoma City University
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1945–1964
Spouse(s): Robert Wyler (m. 1948)

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Cathy O'Donnell was born on July 06, 1923 in  Siluria, Alabama, United States, is Actress, Soundtrack. She was in Alabama until age 12, Ann Steely attended high school and college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, then worked as a stenographer to finance a trip to Hollywood, where fortune favored her with a contract at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer under Samuel Goldwyn. Recognizing her talent and appeal through a thick Southern accent, Goldwyn arranged rigorous voice & theatrical training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and elsewhere, gave her an Irish-sounding stage name & cast her in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). This film's success boded well for Cathy's career, and soon she was starred in the now-classic They Live by Night (1948). However, her rise in films was checked when, on Sunday, April 11th, 1948, at age 23, she married 48-year-old Robert Wyler, older brother of famous M-G-M director, William Wyler, with whom Goldwyn was feuding. The irate Goldwyn abruptly canceled her contract; thereafter she had no lasting association with any studio or producer. Her most memorable roles of the 1950s were in classic film-noir such as Detective Story (1951), which typifies her sincere, believable performances as a sweet girl-next-door whose radiant inner beauty shone through an exterior not quite fitting the Hollywood glamor mold. Her last film and most famous, was Ben-Hur (1959), and then she worked in TV until 1961. Belying Goldwyn's opinion, her marriage to Wyler proved happy though childless. Her death on their 22nd wedding anniversary, on Saturday, April 11th, 1970 followed a long struggle with cancer.
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💰Cathy O'Donnell Net worth: $250,000

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Under contract with Samuel Goldwyn, O'Donnell made her film début in an uncredited role as an extra in Wonder Man (1945).


O'Donnell's first major film role was in 1946's highly acclaimed The Best Years of Our Lives, playing Wilma Cameron, the high-school sweetheart of Navy veteran Homer Parrish. Homer was played by real-life World War II veteran and double amputee Harold Russell.


Then 24-year-old O'Donnell married 47-year-old Robert Wyler, the elder brother of film Director william Wyler, on April 11, 1948. She had met her husband two years earlier, while being directed by his brother in The Best Years of Our Lives (he would also direct her in Detective Story [co-written by Robert Wyler] and Ben-Hur). She died on her 22nd wedding anniversary, April 11, 1970, of a cancer-related cerebral hemorrhage following a long illness. Her husband died nine months later. The couple had no children. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.


O'Donnell was loaned out to RKO for They Live by Night (1949), one of her most memorable films. Farley Granger played her love interest. The film is widely considered a classic of the noir genre, and is on the Guardian's list of the top ten noir films. It was directed by Nicholas Ray. The two actors were later re-teamed for Side Street (1950).


Later O'Donnell starred in The Miniver Story (also 1950), as Judy Miniver and also had a supporting role in Detective Story (1951). She appeared as Barbara Waggoman, the love interest of James Stewart's character in the western The Man from Laramie (1955). Her final film role was in Ben-Hur (1959). She played the part of Tirzah, the sister to Judah Ben-Hur. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959.


In the 1960s, she appeared in TV shows, appearing on shows such as Perry Mason, The Rebel and Man Without a Gun. Her last screen appearance was in 1964, in an episode of Bonanza.