Sara Allgood Overview:

Character actress, Sara Allgood, was born on Oct 31, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland. Allgood appeared in over 50 film roles. Her best known films include Sabotage, How Green Was My Valley, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Jane Eyre (1943), The Keys of the Kingdom, The Spiral Staircase, Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), One Touch of Venus and That Hamilton Woman. Allgood died at the age of 70 on Sep 13, 1950 in Woodland Hills, CA .


Sara Allgood's memorable sprinkling of mother roles -- most of them involved in tragedy of some kind or other -- was topped by the one in How Green Was My Valley, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She made her first film appearance in Australia, and later worked for Alfred Hitchcock, whom she considered a 'cheap, second-rate director'!,

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



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1941Best Supporting ActressHow Green Was My Valley (1941)Mrs. MorganNominated

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Sara Allgood Quotes:

Mrs. Dorsey: There is only one thing worse than being Irish, and that's not being Irish.

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Kitty Langley: He said deep water was restful and full of peace. The river drew him even in the end.
Inspector John Warwick: A river sweeps a city clean.
Kitty Langley: Carries things out to sea. And they sink in deep water.
Ellen Bonting: If it was him, I'm glad.

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Sara Allgood Facts
Older sister of Irish actress Maire O'Neill.

While touring Australia and New Zealand in the acclaimed stage play "Peg o' My Heart", she married her leading man, Gerald Henson, in Melbourne in September of 1916. She gave birth to a daughter who lived only 1 hour, a victim of the 1917 influenza epidemic that raged through Melbourne. Her husband became a victim as well, shortly after.

Her sister Molly Allgood, stage name Maire O'Neill, was also a famous actress. A brother, Frank Allgood, died on the Western Front.

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