Image of Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell (July 6, 1923 – April 11, 1970) was an American actress, best known for her many roles in film-noir movies. While under contract with Samuel Goldwyn, O'Donnell made her debut in an uncredited role as a nightclub extra in Wonder Man (1945). Her first major role in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), playing Wilma Cameron, the high-school sweetheart of double amputatee Homer Parrish, played by real-life World War II veteran/amputee Harold Russell. She was loaned out to RKO for one of her most memorable films, They Live by Night (1949) starring with Farley Granger, widely considered a classic of the noir genre and on the Guardian's list of the top ten noir films. The film was directed by Nicholas Ray. The two actors later re-teamed for another movie, 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 the title character's sister Tirzah in William Wyler's 1959 Academy Award winning Best Picture Ben-Hur (1959). In the 1960s, she appeared in TV shows, playing mostly bit parts 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Cathy O'Donnell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Read bio at tmdb | Read bio at Wikipedia
Born:
Jul 6, 1923 In Siluria, Alabama, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
25
First Appeared:
In the movie The Best Years of Our Lives 1946-12-25
Latest Project:
Series Tate 1960-06-08
Known For
Poster of Ben-Hur
Poster of My World Dies Screaming
Poster of Never Trust a Gambler
Poster of Lights Out
Filmography

Tate (1960)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Rebel (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Ben-Hur (1959)

Action Adventure Drama History
Movie
as Tirzah
7.4 592 votes

My World Dies Screaming (1958)

Horror
Movie
as Sheila Wayne Tierney (as Kathy O'Donnell)
6 3 votes

The Deerslayer (1957)

Adventure Western War
Movie
as Judith Hutter
6.0 1 votes

Sugarfoot (1957)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Story of Mankind (1957)

Drama Fantasy
Movie
as Early Christian Woman
5.4 5 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 28 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

The Man from Laramie (1955)

Western
Movie
as Barbara Waggoman
6.6 38 votes

Mad at the World (1955)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Anne Bennett
6 2 votes

Matinee Theater (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Eight O'Clock Walk (1954)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Jill Manning
6.8 5 votes

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Woman's Angle (1952)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Nina van Rhyne

Detective Story (1951)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Susan Carmichael
6.5 20 votes

Never Trust a Gambler (1951)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Virginia Merrill

Side Street (1950)

Crime
Movie
as Ellen Norson
5.5 10 votes

The Miniver Story (1950)

Drama
Movie
as Judy Miniver
5 3 votes

Lights Out (1949)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Crime Thriller
Series
as Unknown

The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Thriller
Movie
as Janet Burke
6.9 10 votes

They Live by Night (1948)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Catherine "Keechie" Mobley
6.4 23 votes

Bury Me Dead (1947)

Mystery Crime
Movie
as Rusty
4 2 votes

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Drama History Romance
Movie
as Wilma Cameron
7.4 122 votes