Gale Sondergaard

Actor
Gifted, successful NY stage actress in Hollywood from 1934, primarily as Hollywood's premiere scene-stealing exotic villainess. A tall, dark-haired performer capable of displaying the haughty disdain of a New England ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1899 in Litchfield, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Echoes 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Edmonds (Actor)

The Return of a Man Called Horse 1976 (Movie)

Elk Woman (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Pleasantville 1975 (Movie)

Ora (Actor)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Everything 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Slaves 1969 (Movie)

New Orleans Lady (Actor)

Road to Rio 1947 (Movie)

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Anna and the King of Siam 1946 (Movie)

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The Time of Their Lives 1946 (Movie)

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The Climax 1944 (Movie)

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The Spider Woman 1944 (Movie)

Spider Woman (Actor)

My Favorite Blonde 1941 (Movie)

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The Black Cat 1940 (Movie)

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Juarez 1939 (Movie)

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Never Say Die 1938 (Movie)

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The Cat and the Canary 1938 (Movie)

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The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

Lucie Dreyfus (Actor)

Anthony Adverse 1935 (Movie)

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A Night in Paradise (Movie)

Attossa (Actor)

Appointment in Berlin (Movie)

Gretta Van Leyden (Actor)

Centennial (TV Show)

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Christmas Holiday (Movie)

Mrs. Manette (Actor)

Dramatic School (Movie)

Mme. Charlot (Actor)

Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (Movie)

Mrs. Van Dorn (Actor)

Gypsy Wildcat (Movie)

Rhoda (Actor)

Isle of Forgotten Sins (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

Doris Clandon (Actor)

Maid of Salem (Movie)

Martha Harding (Actor)

Pirates of Monterey (Movie)

Senorita de Sola (Actor)

The Blue Bird (Movie)

Tylette (Actor)

The Cat Creature (TV Show)

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The Invisible Man's Revenge (Movie)

Lady Irene Herrick (Actor)

The Letter (Movie)

Mrs. Hammond (Actor)

The Spider Woman Strikes Back (Movie)

Zenobia Dollard (Actor)

The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (Movie)

Anna Huber (Actor)

The Time of Their Lives (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Biography

Gifted, successful NY stage actress in Hollywood from 1934, primarily as Hollywood's premiere scene-stealing exotic villainess. A tall, dark-haired performer capable of displaying the haughty disdain of a New England Puritan ("Maid of Salem" 1937), the suspicious sneer of a haunted mansion's housekeeper ("The Cat and the Canary" 1939) or the feline deception of a cat-turned-human ("The Bluebird" 1940) with equal ease, Sondergaard also performed very well in such occasional sympathetic parts as Mrs. Dreyfus in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937). She was memorable as one of Sherlock Holmes's most cunning nemeses in "Spider Woman" (1944). Politically active, and married to "Hollywood Ten" member Herbert Biberman, Sondergaard was blacklisted in the late 1940s but returned to act in several films of the late 60s and 70s as well as star in a one-woman off-Broadway show, "Woman". Her 1936 best supporting actress Academy Award (for "Anthony Adverse", her first film) was the first to be given in that category.

Relationships

Herbert Biberman

Husband
married 1930 until his death in 1971 second husband one of the Hollywood Ten summoned by HUAC to be questioned about possible past membership in the American Communist Party perhaps best known for the banned film, "Salt of the Earth" (1954), about poor Mexican workers

Daniel Biberman

Son
served as mother's agent in the 1970s

Campos

Daughter

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

developed interest in drama

Milestones

1980

Last film, "Echoes"

1976

Appeared as herself in the documentary film, "Hollywood on Trial"

1969

Played Amanda Key on the ABC serial drama, "The Best of Everything"

1968

Returned to screen after blacklisting in "Slaves" (written and directed by husband)

1949

Last film before being blacklisted, "East Side, West Side"

1936

Made screen debut in "Anthony Adverse"

Enjoyed success onstage in such dramas as the Broadway play, "Dr. Monica" (1933)

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