Margaret Early

Margaret Early (December 25, 1919 – November 29, 2000) was an American film actress who was active in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. She is best remembered for her endearing Southern charm.[1]

Margaret Early
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Born(1919-12-25)December 25, 1919
DiedNovember 29, 2000(2000-11-29) (aged 80)
Resting placePacific View Memorial Park
Years active1937 - 1946

Life and career

Born on Christmas Day 1919[2] into a devout Baptist family, she grew up on a farm near Birmingham, Alabama.[3] During her youth, she often appeared in religious plays at her church, particularly in Christmas pageants. She came to Hollywood with her father on a business trip, and was asked to try out for a role in a Beverly Hills Little Theatre production where Gregory La Cava saw her perform.[4] Eventually, she was signed with RKO.[5] Her Southern accent was called "as sweet and thick as cream," in a column by Donald Kirkley for The Baltimore Sun.[6]

Her first screen role came in Stage Door (1937) opposite Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Adolphe Menjou. Her next role came at Warner Bros. Studios playing Spring Byington's daughter in Jezebel (1938) opposite the likes of George Brent, Bette Davis, and Fay Bainter. She later became a freelance actress and found herself working in various roles at such studios as RKO, Warner Bros., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her other screen roles include parts in Judge Hardy and Son (1939), Strike Up The Band (1940), Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941), and Stage Door Canteen (1943).[7] She made her last screen appearance in Cinderella Jones (1946).[8] She spent the remainder of her days living in Laguna Beach, California, being active in the Baptist church and the Republican party. She was good friends with Cheryl Walker, Mickey Rooney,[9] Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Laraine Day, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Joel McCrea, and Dennis Morgan.


On November 29, 2000, Margaret Early died at her home in Laguna Beach, California,[2] from congestive heart failure at age 80. She is interred at Pacific View Memorial Park, Bayview Terrace, Lot 9F, in Corona del Mar, California.[2]



  1. "Identical Pins Lend Variety to Costumes". Des Moines Tribune. 1943. p. 10. Retrieved 2017-12-13 via
  2. Wilson, Scott (2016-09-16). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 217. ISBN 9781476625997.
  3. "Cutting room scraps". The St. Louis Star and Times. 1937-06-21. p. 17. Retrieved 2017-12-12 via
  4. "Wicked Hollywood". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 1937-06-13. p. 36. Retrieved 2017-12-12 via
  5. "Young Players Get Roles in Radio's 'Stage Door'". The Tampa Tribune. 1937-06-13. p. 34. Retrieved 2017-12-12 via
  6. Kirkley, Donald (1937-08-11). "What it Takes to Be a Star". The Baltimore Sun. p. 8. Retrieved 2017-12-12 via
  8. "Movie Starts, and Stays, on Wrong Foot". Chicago Tribune. 1946-05-25. p. 13. Retrieved 2017-12-13 via
  9. "Good Reason For This Romance". The Los Angeles Times. 1937-08-01. p. 63. Retrieved 2017-12-12 via

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