Geraldine Fitzgerald Overview:

Legendary actress, Geraldine Fitzgerald, was born on Nov 24, 1913 in Dublin, Ireland. Fitzgerald appeared in over 85 film and TV roles. Her best known films include Wuthering Heights, Dark Victory, and Watch on the Rhine. Fitzgerald died at the age of 91 on Jul 17, 2005 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetary Cemetery in Bronx, NY.

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Fitzgerald went to Hollywood after a start in British films, but her ideals were too high for Warner Brothers, who suspended her a number of times for refusing roles, and her film career stuttered to a halt in the late forties. Later, Fitzgerald became a barnstorming character actress and nightclub singer.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Fitzgerald was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best Supporting ActressWuthering Heights (1939)IsabellaNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Fitzgerald was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame .

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Geraldine Fitzgerald Quotes:

Heathcliff: Why are your eyes always empty? Like Linton's eyes.
Isabella: They're not empty, if you'd only look deeper. Look at me. I'm pretty. I'm a woman and I love you. You're all of life to me. Let me be a single breath of it for you.


Isabella: If Cathy died... I might begin to live.


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First husband Edward Lindsay-Hogg was an aristocrat who aspired to be a songwriter. The couple moved to New York from England in 1938 to further his ambitions. Second husband Stuart Scheftel was the grandson of Isador Straus, the co-owner of the R.H. Macy Co. who went down on the Titanic in 1912 along with Scheftel's grandmother. Scheftel, a baby at the time, was scheduled to sail with them, but caught a cold and was left behind in England with his nurse. He grew to become a prosperous businessman whose accomplishments include co-founding New York's Pan-Am Building. He first got a crush on Fitzgerald when he saw her on screen in Wilson (1944) and persuaded a mutual friend, actor / director Martin Gabel, to arrange an introduction.

She was not shown in the so-called Memorial Tribute during the telecast of the 78th Annual Academy Awards, in which the Academy pays tribute to artist who passed away since the last Award's show, although she has been nominated for an Academy Award in 1940 and played roles in memorable movies.

Her Broadway debut in 1938 was in the Mercury Theatre production "Heartbreak House" with fellow ex-Gate Theatre performer, Orson Welles who had been impressed by her talent back in Dublin.

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