Margaret O’Brien (born January 15 1937 in San Diego, California) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, and although his career was brief, was one of the greatest actors of the Child seen in the history of cinema.
She was born Angela Maxine O’Brien. His father, a circus artist, died months after his birth, Margaret’s mother, Gladys Flores, was a famous flamenco dancer who often performed with his sister, Marissa, also a dancer. Margaret is half Irish and half-Spanish descent.
It made its first appearance in the movie Babes on Broadway (1941) at the age of four years, but it was the year following his first major role earned him widespread attention. In five years, traveling for Margaret (1942), O’Brien has won wide praise for his convincing style. In 1943, she was considered a big enough star to have a cameo appearance in the All-Star final show of military Thousands Cheer.
She plays a young girl, and speaks and sings all his dialogue with a French accent, in Jane Eyre (1944). Perhaps his most memorable role was the “Tootie” in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), opposite Judy Garland. O’Brien said at the time of singing and dancing to his achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Award for minors the following year as “outstanding child actress of 1944.” His other successes include Canterville Ghost (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), and the first sound version of The Secret Garden (1949), but has been unable to make the transition to roles adults.
A 1946 Looney Tunes short, Book Review, placed a caricature of O’Brien in the role of Little Red Riding Hood.