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Gale Sondergaard is a Actor American born on 15 february 1899 at Litchfield (USA)

Gale Sondergaard

Gale Sondergaard
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Birth name Edith Holm Sondergaard
Nationality USA
Birth 15 february 1899 at Litchfield (USA)
Death 14 august 1985 (at 86 years) at Woodland Hills (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Gale Sondergaard (February 15, 1899 – August 14, 1985) was an American actress.

Sondergaard began her acting career in theater, and progressed to films in 1936. She was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut in Anthony Adverse (1936). She played supporting roles in various films during the late 1930s and early 1940s, including The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940) and The Letter (1940). She was nominated for a second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Anna and the King of Siam (1946) but by the end of the decade her film appearances were fewer.

Married to the director Herbert Biberman, Sondergaard supported him when he was accused of communism and named as one of the Hollywood Ten in the early 1950s, which effectively ended her film career. She moved with Biberman to New York City and worked in theatre, and acted in film and television occasionally from the late 1960s. She moved back to Los Angeles where she died from cerebrovascular thrombosis.


Her younger sister Hester Sondergaard was also an actress who starred in the following films: Jigsaw, The Naked City, and Seeds of Freedom.

Sondergaard was first married in 1922 to actor Neill O'Malley; they divorced in 1930. On 15 May 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she married her second husband, Herbert Biberman, a theater director then associated with the Theatre Guild Acting Company; he became a film director and died in 1971. They had two children, Daniel Hans Biberman and Mrs. Joan Campos.

Sondergaard made a few more film and television appearances, before retiring. She died from cerebrovascular thrombosis in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 86.

Best films

The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Usually with

Vera West
Vera West
(6 films)
Hans Dreier
Hans Dreier
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gale Sondergaard (41 films)

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The Return of a Man Called Horse, 2h9
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Richard Harris, Gale Sondergaard, Irvin Kershner, Geoffrey Lewis, Jorge Luke, William Lucking
Roles Elk Woman
Rating60% 3.047923.047923.047923.047923.04792
Trappers with government support force the Yellow Hands Sioux off their sacred land. The Indians retreat, but await supernatural punishment to descend on their usurpers. Harris reprises his role as John Morgan, 8th Earl of Kildare, who had lived with the tribe for years and is known as Horse, leaves his English fiancée and estate and returns to America, where he discovers the Yellow Hand people have been largely massacred or put into slavery by the unscrupulous white traders and their Indian cohorts. The few survivors, including wise old Running Bull and stubborn old Elk Woman (Gale Sondergaard) have gone into the Badlands and been forced to eat their dogs. "Why did you return?" asks Elk Woman. "I had to come back," says Morgan. "I had to prove something to myself... there was an empty place in my soul. I could not forget." He finds the tribe dispirited, because of the actions of the trappers, and he begins to devise a strategy to overpower the trappers' stronghold, convincing the Indians to take direct action. Soon even the Indian women and boys are assigned tasks to aid the assault to regain their ancestral land.
Slaves (1969)
, 1h50
Directed by Herbert J. Biberman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Dionne Warwick, Ossie Davis, Stephen Boyd, Nancy Coleman, Julius Harris, David Huddleston
Roles New Orleans lady
Rating48% 2.411122.411122.411122.411122.41112
Set in the 1850s South, the film follows Cassy and Luke, two black slaves who are sold to the sadistic plantation owner MacKay. He wants labor from the men and sex from the women. On this, he is determined to exploit both Cassy and Luke.
East Side, West Side, 1h48
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin, Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse, Gale Sondergaard
Roles Nora Kernan
Rating68% 3.4470053.4470053.4470053.4470053.447005
Just after World War II, socialite Jessie Bourne (Barbara Stanwyck) is home alone one night in her Gramercy Park apartment on New York’s East Side when she receives a mysterious hang-up phone call. Her wealthy playboy husband Brandon (James Mason) is out enjoying himself at the Del Rio night club where young model Rosa Senta (Cyd Charisse)–-who has seen and admired Jessie, who has been a customer at the dress salon where she works-–admonishes Brandon for going out alone. Brandon tries to mollify Rosa but is cut short when Brandon’s former mistress, gold-digging Isabel Lorrison (Ava Gardner), walks in. She has returned from Paris intent on rekindling the romance; but he rebuffs her, professing faithfulness to his wife. An argument ensues in which Isabel's date, wealthy Alec Dawning (Douglas Kennedy), who knows Brandon's reputation, knocks him unconscious. Brandon is rescued by Rosa, who takes him to her home to recover.
Road to Rio, 1h40
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, Oscar Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen, Frank Puglia
Roles Catherine Vail
Rating69% 3.497053.497053.497053.497053.49705
Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton, two out-of-work musicians, travel the United States trying to find work and stay away from girls. After running from state to state, each time running because of a girl, they try their luck in Louisiana.
Pirates of Monterey, 1h19
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Romance, Western
Actors María Montez, Rod Cameron, Gilbert Roland, Mikhail Rasumny, Gale Sondergaard, Phillip Reed
Roles Señorita de Sola
Rating62% 3.1034153.1034153.1034153.1034153.103415
Wealthy aristocrat Marguerita Novarro and her maid are rescued by Phillip Kent when their carriage breaks loose. It is 1840 and Kent is transporting rifles from Mexico City to California to be used by soldiers there.
Anna and the King of Siam, 2h8
Directed by John Cromwell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb, Gale Sondergaard, Laurette Luez
Roles Lady Thiang
Rating69% 3.494383.494383.494383.494383.49438
Anna Owens (Irene Dunne) and her son Louis (Richard Lyon) arrive in Bangkok in 1862 to tutor the King's (Rex Harrison) children. She believes she is sufficiently acquainted with Asian customs to know what is proper in Siam, having read a book summarizing the same. However, when the Kralahome or Prime Minister (Lee J. Cobb) comes out to welcome her, he asks her a number of personal questions, and she does not know that this is common courtesy in Siam. Her letter from the King asking her to come to Siam includes a promise that she will have a house of her own away from the Palace, but the Kralahome says she will have to stay in the harem for now (although she'll have a private room there).
Night in Paradise, 1h24
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Origin USA
Actors Merle Oberon, Turhan Bey, Thomas Gomez, Gale Sondergaard, Ray Collins, Ernest Truex
Roles Attosa
Rating56% 2.825972.825972.825972.825972.82597
In 560 BC King Croesus of Lydia incurs the wrath of the sorceress Queen Attossa he had promised to marry, when he chooses the beautiful Delarai of Persia instead. Attossa, in disembodied form, mocks Croesus nearly to the point of madness, so he seeks a solution from the fortune-teller Aesop, who is very young and handsome, but believes that people only receive wisdom with age, arrived from the Isle of Samos in disguise of an old man with a hunch, a limp, and a cane. But Aesop also has eyes for Delarai. One day, Delarai invites Aesop to interpret a charm. As he does, he goes as his young self but with a different name, Jason. Delarai doesn't know at first, but as she sees the same scar on Jason's hand as Aesop's hand, she knows, and reveals that a hunch and a limp may be faked, but a scar remains a scar, and they fall in love with each other, but Atossa and the people in the palace suspect something is going on with Aesop and Delarai. Croesus wanted the Oracle to tell him the truth and sends Aesop to retrieve it. As Aesop is packing, Delarai talks him out of it but fails. Aesop goes anyway, and Delarai cries herself to sleep. Aesop does go fetch it from a priest, but the priest refuses, saying his life is valuable. Aesop claims that if a priest's words do not mean anything, then his life means less and strangles him. He takes the priest's clothes and hides his face in the hood. Delarai comes to the temple, wanting to seek for Aesop, but before she could say anything, Aesop reveals his young face slightly, and Delarai breaks out a smile. As the security guards see her smile, they unmask Aesop, and Aesop and Delarai run hand in hand. They are forced to jump off a cliff. They jump in each other arms, and Attosa reveals her image at sea, saying that Aesop and Delarai actually survived because of their faith, their love, and a little help from Attosa. They live in a small cottage with a lake and a garden. Delarai is mending and Aesop's hand around on her shoulder, 12 boys come out saying "daddy!" which reveals that they got married and have children.
The Time of Their Lives, 1h22
Directed by Charles Barton
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Ghost films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Gale Sondergaard, Binnie Barnes, Ann Gillis
Roles Emily
Rating76% 3.8437053.8437053.8437053.8437053.843705
The time is 1780, and Horatio Prim (Lou Costello) is a master tinker. He travels to the estate of Tom Danbury (Jess Barker) with a letter of commendation from General George Washington. He plans to present this letter to Danbury, hoping it will persuade the wealthy man to let Horatio marry Nora O'Leary (Anne Gillis), Danbury's housemaid. Unfortunately, Horatio has a romantic rival in Cuthbert Greenway (Bud Abbott), Danbury's butler, who is very fond of Nora and intends to prevent Horatio from presenting his letter, which Nora has taken for safekeeping.
The Spider Woman Strikes Back, 59minutes
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Gale Sondergaard, Brenda Joyce, Kirby Grant, Rondo Hatton, Milburn Stone, Hobart Cavanaugh
Roles Miss Zenobia Dollard
Rating63% 3.156133.156133.156133.156133.15613
Christmas Holiday, 1h33
Directed by Robert Siodmak, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Felix Jackson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Themes Christmas films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf, Gale Sondergaard, Gladys George, Eddie Acuff
Roles Mrs. Manette
Rating65% 3.2940753.2940753.2940753.2940753.294075
Army officer Charlie Mason meets beautiful Maison Lafitte hostess Jackie (her real name is Abigail Manette). She tells him the story of the decline of her marriage with the charming but unbalanced Robert Manette. When her husband kills a bookie his controlling mother tries to cover it up. When he is caught she and her son blame Abigail. Abigail, feeling guilty when her husband receives a life sentence, becomes a bar hostess. Meanwhile, Robert escapes from jail and comes to see Abigail, but he is shot by police and dies in her arms, leaving her to start again with Charlie Mason.
The Invisible Man's Revenge, 1h18
Directed by Ford Beebe
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films based on science fiction novels, Invisibilité
Actors Jon Hall, John Carradine, Leon Errol, Evelyn Ankers, Gale Sondergaard, Alan Curtis
Roles Lady Irene Herrick
Rating59% 2.951022.951022.951022.951022.95102
An eager scientist (John Carradine) tests his new formula for invisibility on an escaped fugitive (Jon Hall). When the formula works the criminal runs off to terrorize a family he believes cheated him out of a fortune years earlier.