|Legendary child star Margaret OBrien, is considered by most film critics and historians as the greatest little actress of all times. OBrien, a gifted dramatic actress, was one of the most popular movie stars of the 1940s. At age three she expressed a serious desire to pursue acting while posing for
magazine covers for photographer Paul Hesse.
Her film debut came with a one-minute shot in MGMs Babes on Broadway (1941). It was producer Dorey Schary who then cast her in Journey for Margaret (1942) as the little orphaned girl during the war. Overnight, Margaret OBrien soared to stardom! She was heralded as a sensation, a child marvel and MGM wisely signed her to a long-term contract.
Margaret was the major child star throughout the 1940s, being a number one box office attraction . Her unforgettable performance as Tootie in Vincente Minnellis Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) with Judy Garland as her costar, won her an Academy Award and learned her the position of Americas Favorite Sweetheart.
She turned out amazing performances in such classics as The Canterville Ghost (1944), with Judy Garland as her costar, won her an Academy Award and earned her the position of Americas Favorite Sweetheart.
Her brilliant work in The Secret Garden (1948) and Little Women (1949) immortalized her in the tear-filled eyes of audiences world wide. Additional movie successes (more than thirty in all) included Three Wise Fools, Jane Eyre, Bad Bascomb, Tenth Avenue Angel and Music for Millions.
Margaret OBrien brilliantly and masterfully performed in roles requiring talent and acting experience far beyond her years to the admiration of her acting colleagues and to her loyal audiences as well.
Margaret was a beloved treasure of the movies and the adoring public. Millions of fans collected Margaret OBrien dolls, hats, paper dolls, coloring books and dozens of other Margaret OBrien products. In fact, film star product endorsements reached an all time high in the mid-forties due largely to Margaret OBrien.
Her enormous public popularity and star-status make her a much sought after actress even today. Her acting ability strong, she continues to receive film and television offers and has guest starred in such shows as Lassie, Murder She Wrote, and Tales From The Darkside, and most recently completed a new film, Sunset After Dark.
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