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|Credit||The Letter trailer|
|Desc||Cropped screenshot of Gale Sondergaard from the trailer for the film The Letter.|
Gale Sondergaard is ...
|Born||15 February 1899 in Litchfield|
|Died||14 August 1985 in Woodland Hills|
|Age||86 years, 6 months|
|Sex or gender||female|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America|
|Manner of death||natural causes|
|Occupation||actor, stage actor, television actor and film actor|
|Nominated for||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
About Gale Sondergaard
Gale Sondergaard was a trailblazing actress who defied Hollywood conventions and left an indelible mark on the industry. Born in Litchfield, Minnesota in 1899, Sondergaard initially pursued a career in opera before transitioning to acting in the 1930s.
Sondergaard quickly made a name for herself with her striking looks and commanding presence on screen. She was one of the first actresses to specialize in playing villainous roles, earning critical acclaim for her performances in films like "Anthony Adverse" (1936) and "The Letter" (1940).
Despite her success, Sondergaard was often at odds with the Hollywood establishment. She famously turned down the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) because she didn't want to be typecast as a villain. She also refused to sign a contract with Warner Bros. that would have required her to play only supporting roles.
Sondergaard's refusal to conform to Hollywood's expectations may have limited her opportunities, but it also cemented her status as a trailblazer. She was the first actress to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in "Anthony Adverse." She also received critical acclaim for her work on stage, earning a Tony nomination for her performance in "The Time of the Cuckoo" in 1953.
Sondergaard's career slowed down in the 1950s, but she continued to work in film and television until her death in 1985. She was a true original, a woman who refused to be boxed in by Hollywood's narrow definitions of what a leading lady should be.
- "Gale Sondergaard, 86, Dies; Won Oscar for 'Anthony Adverse'" - The New York Times
- "Gale Sondergaard: Hollywood's First Female Villain" - Biography.com
- "Gale Sondergaard" - Turner Classic Movies
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Isle of Forgotten Sins
1943 film by Edgar George Ulmer
Anna and the King of Siam
1946 drama film
1936 film by Mervyn LeRoy, Michael Curtiz
The Life of Emile Zola
1937 film by William Dieterle
1939 film by William Dieterle
American film of William Wyler, 1940
The Blue Bird
1940 film by Walter Lang
Road to Rio
1947 film by Norman Z. McLeod, Jack Rose
The Mark of Zorro
1940 American adventure film
The Invisible Man's Revenge
1944 film by Ford Beebe
East Side, West Side
1950 film by Mervyn LeRoy
The Time of Their Lives
1946 film by Charles Barton
The Spider Woman
1944 film by Roy William Neill
The Cat and the Canary
1939 film by Elliott Nugent
My Favorite Blonde
1937 film by Henry King
1938 film by Robert B. Sinclair
Never Say Die
1939 film by Elliott Nugent
1944 film by George Waggner
1938 film by Sam Wood
A Night to Remember
1942 film by Richard Wallace
Maid of Salem
1937 film by Frank Lloyd
Sons of Liberty
The Black Cat
1941 film by Albert S. Rogell
The Spider Woman Strikes Back
1946 film by Arthur Lubin
1941 film by Edwin L. Marin
The Llano Kid
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