The following information was released by Forgotten Hollywood.
Margaret O’Brien, MGM’s top child star of the 1940s, has agreed to appear for an on-camera interview. Her appearance in the Forgotten Hollywood Documentary Pilot will mark her eighth decade in cinema. She was the star of Meet Me in St. Louis, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Little Women, Jane Eyre, The Canterville Ghost, and The Secret Garden; and she appeared with every top actor on the lot, including Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward G. Robinson, Greer Garson, Charles Laughton, and June Allyson. O’Brien received an Academy Award in 1944.
A brainchild of Cypress resident, and television and radio personality Manny Pacheco, Forgotten Hollywood is in theatrical development through Vision4Media and Nervousa Films. The Documentary Pilot, which has garnered theatrical and international cable interest at the American Film Market and the Festival du Cannes, is part of a proposed Ken Burns-style series that shares America’s seldom-shared stories through the lives of character actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. The subject of the initial project will be Lionel Barrymore… and his pioneering fight to change how American audiences viewed disability and disease. His iconic career continued despite suffering from advanced degenerative arthritis, and a prognosis of being confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. His decision impacted the FDR Administration March of Dimes (infantile paralysis) polio campaign, and it became the most successful fight against disease in our nation’s history; culminating with a vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.
Margaret O’Brien appeared with Barrymore in Three Wise Fools (1946), and regarded the gifted actor as her studio grandfather. She also was an initial poster child for the March of Dimes. O’Brien’s effort complimented the concentrated Hollywood public fight against the childhood disease that was led by Eddie Cantor and Judy Garland, among others.
Other proposed segments will spotlight Chid Actors of the Depression, Hollywood’s Connection with the Manhattan Project, The Evolution of the Modern Horror Genre, and Whistle Blowers of the McCarthy Era. Character actors to be featured include Freddie Bartholomew, Leo Gorcey, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Lon Chaney Jr., Ward Bond, and Adolphe Menjou.
Manny Pacheco of Forgotten Hollywood.
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