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Gale Sondergaard (1899–1985)

Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman. Her husband went to ... See full bio »

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 1982 Echoes
Mrs. Edmunds
 1981 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Mrs. Jackson
- The Human Torch (1981) ... Mrs. Jackson
 1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
Aunt Agusta
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Aunt Agusta
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Ora Drummond
- Pleasantville (1977) ... Ora Drummond
 1976 Pleasantville
 1976 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Marguerite Beaulac
- Episode #1.183 (1976) ... Marguerite Beaulac
- Episode #1.174 (1976) ... Marguerite Beaulac
- Episode #1.167 (1976) ... Marguerite Beaulac
- Episode #1.166 (1976) ... Marguerite Beaulac
- Episode #1.161 (1976) ... Marguerite Beaulac
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Marge White
- World Full of Hurt (1974) ... Marge White
 1974 Nakia (TV Series)
- The Quarry (1974)
 1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
- Adults Only (1974) ... Myra
 1973 The Cat Creature (TV Movie)
Hester Black
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Mrs. Marley
- The Letter of the Law (1971) ... Mrs. Marley
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Abigail Moore (segment "The Dark Boy")
- The Dark Boy/Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something (1971) ... Abigail Moore (segment "The Dark Boy")
 1970 Tango (TV Movie)
 1970 The Best of Everything (TV Series)
Amanda Key (1970)
 1970 Get Smart (TV Series)
Hester Van Hooten
- Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm (1970) ... Hester Van Hooten
 1970 Savage Intruder
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Madame Olga Millard
- The Scorpio Drop (1969) ... Madame Olga Millard
 1969 Slaves
New Orleans lady
 1949 East Side, West Side
Nora Kernan
 1947 Pirates of Monterey
Señorita de Sola
 1946 Night in Paradise
 1944 Enter Arsene Lupin
Bessie Seagrave
 1944 The Climax
 1944 Christmas Holiday
Mrs. Manette
 1944 The Invisible Man's Revenge
Irene - Lady Herrick
 1944 Follow the Boys
Gale Sondergaard (uncredited)
 1943 Crazy House
Gale Sondergaard (uncredited)
 1943 Isle of Forgotten Sins
Marge Willison
 1943 Appointment in Berlin
Greta Van Leyden
 1942 A Night to Remember
Mrs. Devoe
 1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen
Mrs. Van Dorn
 1942 My Favorite Blonde
Madame Stephanie Runick
 1941 Paris Calling
 1941 The Black Cat
Abigail Doone
 1939 The Llano Kid
Lora Travers
 1939 The Cat and the Canary
Miss Lu
 1939 Sons of Liberty (Short)
Rachel Salomon
 1939 Never Say Die
Juno Marko
 1938 Dramatic School
Madame Charlot
 1938 Lord Jeff
Doris Clandon
 1937 Seventh Heaven
Nana, Diane's Sister
 1937 Maid of Salem
Martha - His Wife
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Other Works:

Stage: Starred in one-woman show, "Woman", off-Broadway, 1966. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

My parents were both progressive people learning much from Henrik Ibsen. My mother believed that a woman should not be tied down to family with nothing else in her life. They were also progressive politically. My father, we thought, voted the Democratic ticket, but actually he voted the Socialist ticket; my mother was a suffragette and I marched in parades with her.


Was going to play the Wicked Witch of The West in the The Wizard of Oz (1939), but instead of making the witch similar to Snow White's beautiful but wicked queen, as was originally planned, they decided the witch should be ugly. Gale then refused the role. See more »

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