Martha O'Driscoll-Appleton Films Presented Monthly at Appleton Museum
April 12, 2012
“Carnegie Hall,” “House of Dracula,” “The Secret of Dr. Kildare” and “Li’l Abner” are among the films scheduled to be shown through December in the Martha O’Driscoll-Appleton Film Series at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Martha O’Driscoll was a popular Hollywood actress in the ’30s and ’40s and the future wife of Arthur I. Appleton, founder of the Appleton Museum. The films are presented in celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary year and are shown at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium on the last Sunday of each month. Admission is free for members and included in regular admission for nonmembers. For a list of scheduled films, visit the Calendar page at www.AppletonMuseum.org.
Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.
Martha O’Driscoll starred in 40 Hollywood movies between 1935 and 1947. Born in Tulsa, Okla., she began dance lessons at age 3 and was modeling children’s clothes at age 4. After the family moved to Phoenix in 1931, she began appearing in local plays and a choreographer suggested that she would have a good chance in movies. The family moved to Hollywood in 1935 and O’Driscoll quickly landed a role in the musical “Collegiate.” Her movie roles were small at first but her face soon became familiar to film fans because of the many endorsements she did for such products as Charm-Kurl Supreme Cold Wave and Max Factor Hollywood Face Powder. By the late ’30s she was playing bigger parts and led several Universal B-musicals and RKO melodramas, including leading lady parts with comedy teams such as Abbott and Costello. Following the filming of “Carnegie Hall” in 1947, she retired from acting at age 25 and married Arthur I. Appleton, president of the Appleton Electric Company in Chicago. Thereafter, she became an important social leader in Chicago serving as an executive in 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. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 76.
The Appleton Museum offers temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.