Sara Allgood

Sara Allgood ( born October 31, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland, † September 13, 1950 in Woodland Hills, California ) was an American film and theater actress of Irish origin.


Sara Allgood was the older of two sisters and grew up in a middle- Irish family. Her sister Mary Allgood (1885-1952) was the pen name Máire O'Neill later also an actress.

After leaving school, Sara 1898, at the age of 19 years, a member of the Dublin Abbey Theatre, the Irish National Theatre. After a few extras roles without text she gave her 1903 debut starring role in The King's Threshold of William Butler Yeats.

Allgood soon became one of Ireland 's best-known theater actress. During one of their many tours to Australia in 1918 she made her film debut in the silent film Just Peggy.

The shooting for Just Peggy were overshadowed by two blows of fate. After their marriage in 1916 with the Australian Gerald Henson both their 1917 almost one year old daughter and her husband in 1918 the Spanish flu were killed.

These experiences contributed well to the fact that it took eleven years until they were concerned with extortion in 1929, directed by Alfred Hitchcock successfully extending comeback as a film actress. Extortion was not only goods will first sound film; He was also the first sound film ever, which was produced in England.

It was probably due to Hitchcock that Allgood a breakthrough, since the director encouraged the talent of the actress and she undertook in 1930 as the leading lady of his film Juno and the Paycock.

After a decade, which Allgood spent on Irish and British stage and thereby convinced in neglected British productions, she moved to Hollywood in 1940, where she discovered director John Ford and in 1941 they undertook Beating for his film weather. Only a year later, in 1942, Allgood received an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.

It began a long association with 20th Century Fox, though the studio responsible with the time lost interest in the actress. Last we saw Allgood usually in the stereotypical role of an Irish mother and an Irish maid. For her last film role in Cheaper by the Dozen she had to learn only four lines of dialogue.

Sara Allgood, 1945 took the U.S. citizenship, died a few weeks before her 71st birthday of a heart attack.

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