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Sara Allgood (1879–1950)

Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers, landladies, neighborhood gossips and the like,... See full bio »

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 1950 Sierra
Mrs. Jonas
 1949 Challenge to Lassie
Mrs. MacFarland
 1949 The Accused
Mrs. Conner
 1948 The Girl from Manhattan
Mrs. Beeler
 1948 Man from Texas
Aunt Belle (as Sarah Allgood)
 1947 My Wild Irish Rose
Mrs. Brennan
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
Grandmother McKinley
 1947 Ivy
Martha Huntley
 1947 The Fabulous Dorseys
Mrs. Dorsey
 1946 Cluny Brown
Mrs. Maile
 1945 The Spiral Staircase
Nurse Barker
 1945 Kitty
Old Meg
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Sister Martha
 1943 Jane Eyre
 1943 Forever and a Day
Cook (1917) (scenes deleted)
 1943 City Without Men
Mrs. Maria Barton
 1942 Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Alma Lothian, Robert's Aunt
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
 1942 It Happened in Flatbush
Mrs. 'Mac' McAvoy
 1942 This Above All
 1941 Lydia
 1939 The Fugitive
 1938 The Londonderry Air
Widow Rafferty
 1938 The Sky's the Limit
Mrs. O'Reilly
 1938 Kathleen
Mary Ellen O'Dwyer
 1937 The Coiner (TV Movie)
Mrs. Cannatt
 1937 Storm in a Teacup
Honoria Hegarty
 1936 The Workhouse Ward (TV Movie)
Mrs. Donohoe
 1936 Southern Roses
Miss Florence
 1936 It's Love Again
Mrs. Hopkins
 1936 Pot Luck
Mrs. Kelly
 1935 Crime Unlimited
Jewel Thief (uncredited)
 1935 The Passing of the Third Floor Back
Mrs. de Hooley
 1935 Peg of Old Drury
Irish Woman on Boat
 1935 Lazybones
 1935 Riders to the Sea (Short)
 1934 Norah O'Neale
Mrs. Gogarthy
 1934 The Bride of the Lake
Mrs. O'Connor
 1933 The Fortunate Fool
Rose (as Sarah Allgood)
 1932 The World, the Flesh, the Devil
Emme Stanger
 1929 Blackmail
Mrs. White
 1918 Just Peggy

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Stage Play: Juno and the Paycock. Drama (revival). Written by Sean O'Casey. Scenic Design by Robert Edmond Jones. Directed by Arthur Shields. Mansfield Theatre: 16 Jan 1940- 13 Apr 1940 (105 performances). Cast: Sara Allgood (as "Juno Boyle"), Thomas Dillon (as "Jerry Devine"), Barry Fitzgerald (as "Captain Jack Boyle"), Jack Graham (as "... See more »

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5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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Her sister Molly Allgood, stage name Maire O'Neill, was also a famous actress. A brother, Frank Allgood, died fighting with the British Army during World War I on the Western Front. See more »


Played housekeepers and warm hearted motherly roles

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