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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 October 1879Dublin, Ireland
Date of Death 13 September 1950Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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, although she is best remembered for playing Mrs. Morgan, the mother of a family of Welsh miners, in How Green Was My Valley (1941), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her sister Maire O'Neill was an actress in Ireland, and famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats was a family friend.

Sara Allgood died of a heart attack shortly after making her last film, Sierra (1950).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Gerald Henson (September 1916 - 1918) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Played housekeepers and warm hearted motherly roles

Trivia (9)

She became a U.S. citizen in 1945.
Older sister of Irish actress Maire O'Neill.
Daughter died of influenza in 1917.
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.
While performing in Australia, she had a highly unsatisfactory experience in her debut film, Just Peggy (1918). It was 11 years before she attempted another, with Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929).
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 one hour, a victim of the influenza epidemic that raged through Melbourne. Her husband also died of the illness shortly afterward.
Was first enrolled in the National Theatre Society and within a few years became one of Ireland's top theatre actresses.
After the death of her father she was raised in a Dublin orphanage. She later apprenticed as an upholsterer, which was her father's profession.
Profiled in "Actresses of a Certain Character" by Nils Axel Nissen.

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