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Hollywood Director John Farrow Is Dead

Jan. 28, 1963 - John Farrow (pictured in 1946), motion picture director and producer, was found dead of an apparent heart attack today at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 56 years old. Mr. Farrow’s wife, Maureen O’Sullivan, was in New York, appearing in the play “Never Too Late,” when she was notified. She is expected in California tomorrow, accompanied by her daughter Mia. Since 1937, John Farrow had directed and produced scores of motion pictures. He interrupted his career in World War II to serve as a lieutenant commander in the British and Canadian Navies. Invalided out of the service when he was stricken with typhus, he returned to Hollywood in 1942. While recuperating, he directed “Wake Island,” which won the New York Film Critics Award in 1943 for best direction. Among other notables were “Five Came Back,” “Submarine Command,” “Sea Chase,” “Hondo,” and “California.” Mr. Farrow, who was born in Australia, married Maureen O’Sullivan in 1936 after his first marriage had ended in divorce. His six children with Miss O’Sullivan are Katherine, 19; Mia, 17; John, 16; Prudence, 15; Stephanie, 13; and Theresa, 11. Their eldest son, Michael (left), was killed in 1958 in a plane accident.

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