Gale Sondergaard

Gale Sondergaard

Highest Rated: 100% Road to Rio (1947)

Lowest Rated: 20% Anthony Adverse (1936)

Birthday: Feb 15, 1899

Birthplace: Not Available

Sloe-eyed character actress whose icy persona lent itself to the portrayal of villainous women, Sondergaard took up acting after college, paying her dues with several years in stock and then reaching Broadway in the late '20s. In 1930 she married director Herbert Biberman, whom she followed to Hollywood in the mid 1930s. Reluctantly, she accepted a role in Anthony Adverse (1936), her screen debut; for her work she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (the first ever awarded). For the next decade-plus she specialized in playing evil women, though occasionally her characters were warm-hearted. In the late '40s she became yet another victim of the Red Scare witch hunts -- her husband was one of the "Hollywood Ten" sentenced to prison terms following appearances before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and neither he nor she could get any more work. Sondergaard returned to acting in 1965 with Woman, an off-Broadway one-woman show. Her first film appearance in 20 years was in Slaves (1969) -- the last film her husband ever directed. After Slaves she appeared in two more movies throughout the next fifteen years.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Strange Death Of Adolf Hitler Actor 2012
No Score Yet Echoes Actor 1983
No Score Yet Living Nightmare Mrs. Edmunds 1983
60% The Return of a Man Called Horse Elk Woman 1976
No Score Yet Slaves New Orleans lady 1969
No Score Yet Savage Intruder Actor 1968
33% East Side, West Side Nora Kernan 1949
100% Road to Rio Catherine Vail 1947
88% Anna and the King of Siam Lady Thiang 1946
No Score Yet The Time of Their Lives (The Ghost Steps Out) Emily 1946
No Score Yet The Climax Luise 1944
86% Christmas Holiday Mrs. Manette 1944
40% The Invisible Man's Revenge Lady Irene Herrick 1944
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman Andrea Spedding 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Herself 1944
No Score Yet Monsoon Marge 1943
No Score Yet Appointment in Berlin Gretta Van Leyden 1943
No Score Yet A Night to Remember Mrs. Devoe 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Mme. Stephanie Runick 1942
No Score Yet The Black Cat Abigail Doone 1941
100% The Letter Mrs. Hammond 1940
91% The Mark of Zorro Inez Quintero 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Tylette 1940
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary Miss Lu 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Empress Eugenie 1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die Juno Marko 1939
No Score Yet Lord Jeff Doris Clandon 1938
78% The Life of Emile Zola Lucie Dreyfus 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Nana 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Martha Harding 1937
20% Anthony Adverse Faith Paleologus 1936


No Score Yet Night Gallery
Miss Abigail 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
Mrs. Van Hooten 1970
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Mme. Olga 1969


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