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Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell (c1943)



Cathy O’Donnell was born Ann Steely in Siluria, Alabama, in 1923. Her parents split when she was young.    She attended Oklahoma City University and studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

She began her career as a stenographer, saving money to move to Hollywood.

She signed with Samuel Goldwyn and made her film debut in 1945, at the age of 22.    She appeared in more than 15 feature films through 1959.

O’Donnell married the screenwriter Robert Wyler, the older brother of director William Wyler.

She died of a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by cancer in Los Angeles, in 1970.    O’Donnell was 46 years old.

Other Pictures

Cathy O'Donnell (1946)


The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1946
  • Three WWII veterans must face the postwar world as they try to re-adjust to civilian life. William Wyler directs Myrna Loy, Fredric March and Dana Andrews.


  • Ben-Hur
  • 1959
  • A young man from a rich merchant house is convicted of attacking the government and sentenced to slavery where he languishes until he is adopted by a military officer. William Wyler directs Charlton Heston.
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