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Kathleen O'Malley

Mary Kathleen O'Malley (March 31, 1924 – February 25, 2019), credited as Kathleen O' Malley, was an American film and television actress, who was the daughter of vaudevillian and actor Pat O'Malley. her screen debut came during the silent film era as a thirteen month old baby in 1926, when she appeared alongside her father and her sister Sheila in western, My Old Dutch.[1]

Kathleen O'Malley
Mary Kathleen O'Malley

(1924-03-31)March 31, 1924
DiedFebruary 25, 2019(2019-02-25) (aged 94)
Years active1926–1998
Parent(s)Patrick H. O'Malley Jr.

O'Malley went on to appear in several films and television shows during a seven decade career, including Cover Girl, Lady on a Train, Two Tickets to Broadway, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Rawhide and General Hospital.[2] Her last acting credit came in 1998 when she appeared in the short-lived American crime drama Buddy Faro.

Personal lifeEdit

O'Malley was born as Mary Kathleen O'Malley in Worcester, Massachusetts, to vaudevillian, stage and film actor Pat O'Malley.[3] She made her screen debut at age 13 months in the film My Old Dutch, starring her father and including her older sister Sheila. It was released the following year in 1926.[4] All three sisters (Eileen, Sheila & Kathleen) worked in show business as children.[5] Kathleen was married to Jim Maloney who was also her agent.[6] She died in February 2019 at the age of 94.[7]



In 1943, she played the part of a college girl in the Vincent Sherman directed film Old Acquaintance which starred Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins and Gig Young.[8] The following year she was in the Charles Vidor directed Cover Girl, a film about a night club owner who was in love with a dancing girl who has other ambitions. In it she played the cigarette girl. The main stars of the film were Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly.[9] In November 1944, she appeared in the November 23 issue of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, pictured with a small caption "The Most Delightful Target for Our Bomb Sights." She was chosen by bombardiers of the US Army Air Forces.[10] In 1947 she played the part of Dolly in the Alexander Hall-directed musical fantasy Down to Earth, which again starred Hayworth and Roland Culver.[11] In 1949 she played the part of Nita in Ladies of the Chorus which starred Marilyn Monroe, Adele Jergens and Rand Brooks.[12]


She had a fairly prominent role in John Ford's 1950 film, Wagon Master. She played the part of pretty Mormon girl Prudence Perkins.[13][14] Her character Prudence creates an issue due to marrying young Mormon man Sandy instead of Jackson.[15][16] Prudence is also the cause of a fight between two men who are both pursuing her.[17] In 1952, she appeared as Mrs. Norton, a pilot's wife in the Tay Garnett Korean war film One Minute to Zero which starred Robert Mitchum and Ann Blyth.[18]

Selected filmographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1926 My Old Dutch Herbert Brown, infant
1943 Old Acquaintance College girl [19]
1944 Cover Girl Cigarette Girl [20]
1945 Salome Where She Danced Salome girl
1945 Sudan Handmaiden / Girl
1945 Lady on a Train Photographer
1945 This Love of Ours Chorus Girl
1946 Gallant Journey Mary
1946 Devotion Girl
1946 Night in Paradise Arthur Lubin


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Airport Mrs. Chuck Beale - Passenger Uncredited
1971 Dirty Harry Lady in Jaffe's cafe Uncredited
1971 Minnie and Moskowitz Uncredited
1973 Charley Varrick Jessie
1976 Amelia Earhart Mrs Gallagher 2 part television series
1976 The Shootist School Teacher [21]
1977 The Hunted Lady Nurse TV movie
1977 Telefon Mrs. Maloney [22]
1978 The Toolbox Murders Screamer Woman
1979 Marciano Supervisor TV movie
1981 Isabel's Choice Housekeeper TV movie
1982 Jinxed! Mother
1996 Black Sheep Mrs Oneacre [23]


  1. ^ "Western treasures". Western Clippings. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Footlight Club, America's oldest community theatre, presents applause". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "News Notes From Movieland". The Oshkosh Northwestern. May 15, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Youngest O'Malley Before the Camera". Quad-City Times. May 31, 1925. p. 16. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "You Must Plan Your Child's Future". The Nebraska State Journal. November 15, 1936. p. 46. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Page 6 Part 2 SNAPS, Milwaukee Sentinel March 6, 1958.
  7. ^ SAG-AFTRA-Spring Edition 2019, In Memoriam
  8. ^ Turner Classic Movies. Old Acquaintance, Overview, Cast & Crew
  9. ^ Hollywood's Miracles of Entertainment By John Howard Reid Pages 60 - 61 Cover Girl
  10. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune November 23, 1944 Page 2 Teasing Target
  11. ^ Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 Page 63 Down to Earth, Cast:
  12. ^ Turner Classic Movies. Ladies of the Chorus, Cast & Crew
  13. ^ Western Film Highlights: The Best of the West, 1914-2001 By Henryk Hoffmann Page 161 90. Wagon Master
  14. ^ Music in the Western: Notes From the Frontier - By Kathryn Kalinak Page 44
  15. ^ The great book of movie villains: a guide to the screen's meanies, tough guys, and bullies - Jan Stacy, Ryder Syvertsen Page 54
  16. ^ The Western Reader - Jim Kitses, Gregg Rickman Page 99
  17. ^ Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond By Scott Allen Nollen Page 206
  18. ^ Turner Classic Movies One Minute to Zero, Overview, Cast & Crew
  19. ^ Turner Classic Movies Kathleen O'Malley, Complete Filmography
  20. ^ Hollywood's Miracles of Entertainment - John Howard Reid Page 60 Cover Girl
  21. ^ Turner Classic Movies Kathleen O'Malley, Complete Filmography
  22. ^ TV Guide Telefon, 1977 | Movie, Cast
  23. ^ Turner Classic Movies Kathleen O'Malley, Complete Filmography

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