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Gale Sondergaard
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    (February 15, 1899-August 14, 1985)
    Woodland Hills, California
    Birth Name Edith Holm Sondergaard
    Acted in 'Maid of Salem (1937),' 'The Black Cat (1941),' 'The Climax (1944),' 'Road to Rio (1947),' 'Pleasantville (1976)' and 'Echoes (1983)'
    Died from cerebral vascular thrombosis
    Lost a daughter to death (1965)
    She was on a soap opera.
    She was usually typecast as a villainess, due to her 'sloe eyes & icy persona.'
    She was on Joseph McCarthy's blacklist.
    She married more than once.
    She lived in Hollywood for awhile.
    She was the inspiration of the look of some of Walt Disney's evil characters.
    Her husband, director Herbert Biberman, was sentenced to prison during the 'Red Scare' witch hunts.
    She is of Danish descent.
    She won the 1936 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 'Anthony Adverse.'
    She performed on Broadway.
    She has been described as having 'exotic, darkly attractive looks and voluptuous physique.'
    She became a successful actress although her first major role wasn't until age thirty-six.
    She was almost chosen for the Wicked Witch of the West role in the classic film 'Wizard of Oz.'

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