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Sullavan in The Shop Around The Corner.

About Margaret Sullavan (1909 – 1960)
American stage and film actress Margaret Sullavan was born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan. She died from a barbiturate overdose in a hotel room in New Haven, Connecticut. No suicide note was found, and authorities never determined whether her death was intentional or not.

She performed with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello, Lola in 1926.  Margaret arrived in Hollywood on May 16, 1933, her 24th birthday and caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl. She had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday. She followed that role with one in Little Man, What Now? (1934), which tells the story of a couple struggling to survive in the poverty of post-World War I Germany.

In a bid to demonstrate her acting versatility, Margaret accepted a role in The Good Fairy (1935). Later that year she switched roles to play a childish Southern belle who matures into a responsible woman in the movie So Red the Rose.

In Next Time We Love (1936), she played opposite the then-unknown actor James Stewart. It was the beginning of one of Hollywood's most endearing partnerships. They would eventually make four movies together.

Her next role was in the comedy The Moon is Our Home (1936), where Sullavan played opposite ex-husband Henry Fonda. She gained an Oscar nomination for her role in Three Comrades (1938) and was named the year's best actress by the New York Film Critics Association.

Margaret reunited with James Stewart in The Shopworn Angel, (1938) then played the suicidal sister to Joan Crawford in The Shining Hour (1938). In The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Sullavan and Stewart worked together again, playing colleagues who do not get along at work, but have both responded to a lonely-hearts ad and are (without knowing it) exchanging letters with each other.

The Mortal Storm (1940) was the last movie Sullavan and Stewart did together. Her next role, as a long-suffering mistress to a banker (Charles Boyer) in Black Street (1941), turned out to be one of the best performances of her film career.

Sullavan preferred working on the stage and did only 16 movies. She retired from the screen in the early forties, but returned in 1950 to make her last movie, No Sad Songs For Me (1950), playing a woman dying of cancer. For the rest of her career she would only appear on the stage.

Margaret Sullavan's notable movie credits include...

Only Yesterday (1933)
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
The good Fairy (1935)
So Red the Rose (1935)
Next Time We Love (1936)
The Moon is Our Home (1936)
Three Comrades (1938)
The Shopworn Angel (1938)
The Shining Hour (1938)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Black Street (1941)
No Sad Songs For Me (1950)

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Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around The Corner (1940).