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Margaret Brooke SULLAVAN

Female 1909 - 1960  (50 years)


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  • Name Margaret Brooke SULLAVAN 
    Born 16 May 1909  Norfolk, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Jan 1960  New Haven, New Haven County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Overdose of sleeping pills. Suicide suspected. 
    Buried St. Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Churchyard, Lancaster, Lancaster County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Albert Mark Fonda .

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Margaret Sullavan
      Birth: May 16, 1909
      Death: Jan. 1, 1960

      Actress. Remembered as the first wife of actor Henry Fonda, she was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the daughter of wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, She attended numerous private schools while growing up, studying drama. She performed with the Harvard University Players and began her acting career with the Broadway play "A Modern Virgin" (1931). After meeting aspiring actor Henry Fonda in the Harvard University Players, she married him on Christmas Day, 1931, but their marriage only lasted a few months, ending in divorce. Her later marriages to director William Wyler (1934 to 1936) and to movie agent Leland Hayward (1936 to 1947) were also stormy, although she appeared to have found love with Kenneth Wagg, who she married in 1950. She became making films in 1933, with "Only Yesterday" and played opposite her ex-husband Henry Fonda in the 1936 film, "The Moon's Our Home." She earned an Oscar nomination in "Three Comrades" (1938), playing the role of Patricia Hollmann against screen star Robert Taylor, her only Oscar nomination. She would make several movies with Jimmy Stewart, with whom she had some chemistry, including "Next Time We Love" (1936), "The Shopworn Angel" (1938), "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940), and "The Mortal Storm" (1940). Considered the epitome of grace and charm on screen, she was angry and self-destructive off screen. After the film "Cry Havoc" (1943), she was unable to find work and she turned to alcohol to sooth[e] herself. Her only film after 1943 was the role of Mary Scott in "No Sad Songs for Me" (1950). She was able to appear in a number of television roles in the early 1950s, but most producers wanted no part of her. She also discovered that she was becoming deaf in her later years, and committed suicide with an overdose of pills (barbiturates), although the county coroner ruled the death was accidental. Her daughter, Brooke Hayward, would later write a harrowing memoir of the family's life together, "Haywire," which became a television movie in 1980. (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

      Family links: Spouse: William Leland Hayward (1902 - 1971); Children: Bridget Hayward (1939 - 1960), William Leland Hayward (1941 - 2008)*

      Cause of death: Suicide

      Burial: Saint Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Churchyard, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, USA

      Maintained by: Find A Grave
      Record added: Jan 01, 2001
      Find A Grave Memorial# 1000
    Person ID I3537  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Family 1 Henry Jaynes FONDA,   b. 16 May 1905, Grand Island, Hall County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1982, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1931  Kernan Hotel, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Divorced 1932 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2182  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William WYLER,   b. 1 Jul 1902, Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1981, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1934  Yuma, Yuma County, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 William Leland HAYWARD, II,   b. 13 Sep 1902, Nebraska City, Otoe County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1971, "Haywire," Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1936 
    Divorced 1947 
    Children 
     1. William Leland HAYWARD, III,   b. 27 Mar 1941, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 2008, Castaic, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     2. Bridget HAYWARD,   b. 10 Feb 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1960, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)  [natural]
     3. Living
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Kenneth WAGG 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) The followingtranscription was made by Marianna Frost of the Samuel Miles Frost Family Bible, dated 1831, which is in the possession of Vernon Frost, Houston, TX: (Spelling and punctuation as recorded in Bible) Belton O'Neal Frost died July 21st 4 A.M. Footnote: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) The followingtranscription was made by Marianna Frost of the Samuel Miles Frost Family Bible, dated 1831, which is in the possession of Vernon Frost, Houston, TX: (Spelling and punctuation as recorded in Bible) Belton O'Neal Frost died July 21st 4 A.M. Footnote: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957: Name: Chaffin Frost Birth Date: Birthplace: Age: Spouse's Name: Angeline Dodsen Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Birthplace: Spouse's Age: Event Date: 16 Nov 1841 Event Place: , Sumter, Alabama Father's Name: Mother's Name: Spouse's Father's Name: Elisha Dodsen Spouse's Mother's Name: Race: Marital Status: Previous Wife's Name: Spouse's Race: Spouse's Marital Status: Spouse's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59344-1 System Origin: Alabama-EASy GS Film number: 1293884 Reference ID:. Footnote: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957: Name: Chaffin Frost Birth Date: Birthplace: Age: Spouse's Name: Angeline Dodsen Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Birthplace: Spouse's Age: Event Date: 16 Nov 1841 Event Place: , Sumter, Alabama Father's Name: Mother's Name: Spouse's Father's Name: Elisha Dodsen Spouse's Mother's Name: Race: Marital Status: Previous Wife's Name: Spouse's Race: Spouse's Marital Status: Spouse's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59344-1 System Origin: Alabama-EASy GS Film number: 1293884 Reference ID:. Footnote: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957: Name: Chaffin Frost Birth Date: Birthplace: Age: Spouse's Name: Angeline Dodsen Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Birthplace: Spouse's Age: Event Date: 16 Nov 1841 Event Place: , Sumter, Alabama Father's Name: Mother's Name: Spouse's Father's Name: Elisha Dodsen Spouse's Mother's Name: Race: Marital Status: Previous Wife's Name: Spouse's Race: Spouse's Marital Status: Spouse's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59344-1 System Origin: Alabama-EASy GS Film number: 1293884 Reference ID:.

    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Fonda — My Life, by Henry Fonda, as Told to Howard Teichmann (1981), p. 62.