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Gale Sondergaard

Highest Rated:   100% Road to Rio (1947)
Lowest Rated:   13% Anthony Adverse (1936)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Climax
  • Actor
2013
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
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Aunt Agatha
1978
63% 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
No Score Yet 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
100% Christmas Holiday
  • Mrs. Manette
1944
No Score Yet The Invisible Man's Revenge
  • Lady Irene Herrick
1944
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman
  • Andrea Spedding
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
100% 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
75% The Life of Emile Zola
  • Lucie Dreyfus
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Nana
1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem
  • Martha Harding
1937
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Faith Paleologus
1936

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