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      Cathy O'Donnell

      Cathy O'Donnell

      Highest Rated: 100% The Man From Laramie (1955)

      Lowest Rated: 72% Detective Story (1951)

      Birthday: Jul 6, 1923

      Birthplace: Siluria, Alabama, USA

      Though she performed in numerous films that featured top talent both behind and in front of the camera, actress Cathy O'Donnell is best remembered for her first major part, in the Academy Award-winning post-World War II drama, "The Best Years of Our Lives." O'Donnell studied at Oklahoma City University before heading to Hollywood to pursue acting. A chance meeting with an agent led to an introduction to film icon Samuel Goldwyn, who saw something in O'Donnell but felt she needed further training. He sent her to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, urging her to lose her Southern accent. After gaining a bit of stage experience, she appeared in the Goldwyn-produced all-star ensemble picture "The Best Years of Our Lives" as the fiancée of double-amputee WWII veteran Harold Russell. Though the film was enormously successful, O'Donnell's subsequent roles didn't make her a star, despite a number of quality pictures. She played opposite Farley Granger in two classic noirs, "They Live by Night" and "Side Street." She supported Kirk Douglas in "Detective Story" and was Jimmy Stewart's love interest in "The Man from Laramie." At the tail end of the '50s, she played her last major film role, as Charlton Heston's sister in the epic "Ben-Hur."

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Man From Laramie
      97% The Best Years of Our Lives
      96% They Live by Night
      86% Side Street
      85% Ben-Hur
      72% Detective Story

      Photos

      THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949, fireplace THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949 MAN FROM LARAMIE, THE, James Stewart, Cathy O'Donnell, 1955 MAN FROM LARAMIE, THE, Cathy O'Donnell, James Stewart, 1955 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, Cathy O'Donnell, 1946 THE AMAZING MR. X, (aka The Spiritualist), Turhan Bey, Cathy O'Donnell, 1948 THE MINIVER STORY, Walter Pidgeon, Cathy O'Donnell, 1950 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949 BEN-HUR, Charlton Heston, Cathy O'Donnell, Martha Scott, Haya Harareet, 1959 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Jay C. Flippen, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, Howard Da Silva, 1949 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, 1949 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, Harold Russell, Cathy O'Donnell, 1946 BEN-HUR, Cathy O'Donnell, Martha Scott, Charlton Heston, Haya Harareet, 1959 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, 1949 THE AMAZING MR. X, (aka THE SPIRITUALIST), from left, Lynn Bari, Turhan Bey, Cathy O'Donnell, 1948 BEN-HUR, Cathy O'Donnell, Haya Harareet, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Charlton Heston, 1959. SIDE STREET, center from top: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, 1950 EIGHT O'CLOCK WALK, from left, Cheryl Molineaux, Cathy O'Donnell, Richard Attenborough, 1954

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      85% 89% Ben-Hur Tirzah (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 38% Terror in the Haunted House Sheila Wayne Tierney (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 10% The Story of Mankind Early Christian Woman (Character) - 1957
      100% 79% The Man From Laramie Barbara Waggoman (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad at the World Anne Bennett (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight O'Clock Walk Jill Manning (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Three Queens Enone (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman's Angle Nina Van Rhyne (Character) - 1952
      72% 71% Detective Story Susan Carmichael (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Trust a Gambler Virginia Merrill (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 45% The Miniver Story Judy Miniver (Character) - 1950
      86% 69% Side Street Ellen Norson (Character) - 1950
      96% 80% They Live by Night Keechie (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% The Amazing Mr. X Janet Burke (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 40% Bury Me Dead "Rusty" Carlin (Character) - 1947
      97% 93% The Best Years of Our Lives Wilma Cameron (Character) - 1946

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Norma Brooks (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955