Maureen Paula O'Sullivan (17 May 1911-23 June 1998) was an Irish-born American-based actress. She was known as the 'first Irish movie star'. O'Sullivan was born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland in 1911, the daughter of Mary Lovatt (nee Fraser) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers who served in World War I. She attended a convent school in Dublin, then the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton (now Woldingham School). One of her classmates there was Vivian Mary Hartley, future Academy Award-winning actress Vivien Leigh. After attending finishing school in France, O'Sullivan returned to Dublin to work with the poor.
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