O’Driscoll, Martha

Actress Martha O'Driscoll on bicycle in the Tail of the Cock restaurant parking lot in 1940, on La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Actress Martha O’Driscoll on bicycle in the Tail of the Cock restaurant parking lot in 1940, on La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Martha O’Driscoll

Married name: Martha Appleton

Born: 4 March 1922, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Died: 3 November 1998, Ocala, Florida

Martha O’Driscoll attended Mar-Ken School in Hollywood. She is the sister of Paul O’Driscoll.

The “Mar” in Mar-Ken comes from Martha’s first name — see Mar-Ken History for details.

She was a starlet, singer and dancer who appeared in movies from 1936 through 1947. She married a wealthy electronics manufacturer at age 25 and settled down in Chicago where according to Hal Erickson, of the All Movie Guide, “she was one of the Windy City’s most powerful and personable social leaders, serving as an executive in such organizations as the Sarah Siddons Society, the Ways and Means Committee of Chicago’s Junior League, and the Women’s Board of Boys Club; she was also treasurer of the World’s Adoption International Fund. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Martha O’Driscoll was a guest speaker at numerous movie-nostalgia conventions, continually putting to rest persistent rumors that she passed away in the early ’70s.”

In 1987, Arthur and Martha Appleton built the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. She had four children and two step children.

From the October 15, 1936 Lawlor Journal article, “Public Speaking Group to Present Plays:”
Martha O’Driscoll was in the drama class.

From the October 25,1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Martha O’Driscoll whose picture was on the front page of last week’s Sunday Drama section of the Times is appearing as Daisy Mae in the picture Li’l Abner.

Links to other resources about Martha O’Driscoll:

Biography on Yahoo! Movies:
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800051867&cf=biog&intl=us

Photos from Wildest Western Magazine:
http://www.wildestwesterns.com/martha_odriscoll.htm