Barbara O'Neil
Autograph Cut and Photo

This rare autograph cut is of Barbara O'Neil who played Scarlett's mother, even though she was only three years older than Vivien Leigh. Ms. O'Neil got the most famous role of her career only after Lillian Gish turned down the offer to play Ellen O'Hara. Although Ms. O'Neil lived to be 70 years old, she only appeared in 20 movies, which may be the reason her autograph is so hard to find. This autograph cut is in good condition, and matted with an 8x10 Black and White photograph of Ms. O'Neil in character as Ellen O'Hara. *Autograph Cut is enlarged to show detail*

Born on July 17, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, Barbara began her acting career in July 1931 as a leading lady for a summer stock company in Baltimore while she was attending the Yale School of Drama. In early 1940, Barbara married one of the directors - Joshua Logan, but the marriage only lasted two years and she never remarried.

In 1937, Barbara made her screen debut in the film "Stella Dallas," and in 1938, she was in Love, Honor and Behave, Toy Wife, and I Am the Law. In 1939, she was in four movies; Gone With the Wind, The Sun Never Sets, When Tomorrow Comes and the Tower of London. The following year, she appeared in "All This and Heaven Too" and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the domineering and jealous Duchesse de Praslin. Her other films include Shining Victory (1941), Secret Beyond the Door, I Remember Mama and Miss Robey (1948), Otto Preminger's Whirlpool (1949) Angel Face(1952), Flame of the Islands (1956),The Nun's Story (1959), and the Lions of St. Petersburg (1970).
Barbara died September 3, 1980 at age 70 in Cos Cob, Connecticut from a heart attack.

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