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Gale Sondergaard Overview:

Legendary character actress, Gale Sondergaard, was born Edith Holm Sondergaard on Feb 15, 1899 in Litchfield, MN. Sondergaard died at the age of 86 on Aug 14, 1985 in Woodland Hills, CA and was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.

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Stern-looking Gale Sondergaard was an American actress who, after winning an Academy Award in her first feature, "Anthony Adverse" (she was nominated again for Anna and the King of Siam), went on to corner the market, with Dame Judith Anderson, in sinister housekeepers, domineering mothers and femmes very fatale. Her career was wrecked by the McCarthy witch-hunts, her second husband being writer-director Herbert Biberman who was one of the "Hollywood 10.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Gale Sondergaard was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Anthony Adverse (as Faith Paleologue) in 1936.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best Supporting ActressAnthony Adverse (1936)Faith PaleologueWon
1946Best Supporting ActressAnna and the King of Siam (1946)Lady ThiangNominated
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Gale Sondergaard Quotes:

Nora Kernan: Jessie looks wonderful tonight.
Brandon Bourne: She has you to thank for her looks, darling.
Nora Kernan: And you! When a woman gets more beautiful after she's married, it means her man is making her very happy or verry unhappy.


Marge Willison: Cut it! I said cut it or I'll throw you both out! If you want to maul each other, do it when there's no boat in port. Understand?


Marge Willison: Now remember, I want a lot of costumers around those roulette tables tonight. You girls didn't do so well last time. So keep the wheel spinning and the ivories rolling and remember - all rough stuff is taboo.


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Gale Sondergaard Facts
First actress to win an Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" (Anthony Adverse (1936))

In 1936 she became the first actress, tied with Maria Ouspenskaya, of currently 53 actresses to receive an Oscar nomination for their film debut. She was nominated (and won) Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Anthony Adverse (1936).

Was going to play the Wicked Witch of The West in the The Wizard of Oz (1939), but instead of making the witch similar to Snow White's beautiful but wicked queen, as was originally planned, they decided the witch should be ugly. Gale then refused the role.

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