Maureen O’Sullivan

Birth Name: Maureen Paula O’Sullivan

Date of Birth: 17 May, 1911

Place of Birth: Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland

Date of Death: June 23, 1998

Place of Death: Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, English

Maureen O’Sullivan was an Irish actress.

Maureen was the daughter of Evangeline Lovatt “Mary Eva” (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O’Sullivan. Her father was Irish, from Cork, County Cork. Her mother was born in Tientsin, China, to a father born in County Sligo, Ireland, with Scottish ancestry, and to a mother born in St. Marylebone, England.

Maureen was married to James Cushing, until her death. She was previously married to Australian director John Farrow (John Villiers Farrow), until his death. The couple had seven children, including actress and activist Mia Farrow, sculptor Patrick Villiers Farrow, and actresses Stephanie Farrow and Tisa Farrow. She was the grandmother of activist, journalist, and lawyer Ronan Farrow.

Maureen’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Vincent O’Sullivan (the son of Cornelius John O’Sullivan and Ellen O’Brien). Daniel was born in Cork, County Cork.

Maureen’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Teresa “Minnie” Scannell.

Maureen’s maternal grandfather was John Lovat Frazer (the son of Edward Fitzgerald Frazer and Mary Kirkwood). Edward was the son of Archibald Frazer and Catherine Peyton.

Maureen’s maternal grandmother was Mary Eva Kennett (the daughter of Henry Kennett and Mary Devereux).

A DNA test of Maureen’s daughter Mia whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019) stated that Mia’s genetic ancestry is:

*99.8% European
*0.1% North African
*0.1% East Asian

Sources: Genealogy of Maureen O’Sullivan –

Genealogy of Maureen O’Sullivan (through her daughter, Mia Farrow) –


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