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Also Known As: Edith Holm Sondergaard Died: August 14, 1985
Born: February 15, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Litchfield, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor

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Gifted, successful NY stage actress in Hollywood from 1934, primarily as Hollywood's premiere scene-stealing exotic villainess. A tall, dark-haired performer capable of displaying the haughty disdain of a New England Puritan ("Maid of Salem" 1937), the suspicious sneer of a haunted mansion's housekeeper ("The Cat and the Canary" 1939) or the feline deception of a cat-turned-human ("The Bluebird" 1940) with equal ease, Sondergaard also performed very well in such occasional sympathetic parts as Mrs. Dreyfus in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937). She was memorable as one of Sherlock Holmes's most cunning nemeses in "Spider Woman" (1944). Politically active, and married to "Hollywood Ten" member Herbert Biberman, Sondergaard was blacklisted in the late 1940s but returned to act in several films of the late 60s and 70s as well as star in a one-woman off-Broadway show, "Woman." Her 1936 best supporting actress Academy Award (for "Anthony Adverse," her first film) was the first to be given in that category.

Gifted, successful NY stage actress in Hollywood from 1934, primarily as Hollywood's premiere scene-stealing exotic villainess. A tall, dark-haired performer capable of displaying the haughty disdain of a New England Puritan ("Maid of Salem" 1937), the suspicious sneer of a haunted mansion's housekeeper ("The Cat and the Canary" 1939) or the feline deception of a cat-turned-human ("The Bluebird" 1940) with equal ease, Sondergaard also performed very well in such occasional sympathetic parts as Mrs. Dreyfus in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937). She was memorable as one of Sherlock Holmes's most cunning nemeses in "Spider Woman" (1944). Politically active, and married to "Hollywood Ten" member Herbert Biberman, Sondergaard was blacklisted in the late 1940s but returned to act in several films of the late 60s and 70s as well as star in a one-woman off-Broadway show, "Woman." Her 1936 best supporting actress Academy Award (for "Anthony Adverse," her first film) was the first to be given in that category.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Echoes (1983) Mrs Edmonds
2.
3.
 Pleasantville (1976) Ora
4.
 Hollywood On Trial (1976) Herself
5.
 Cat Creature, The (1973) Hester Black
6.
 Slaves (1969) New Orleans lady
7.
 East Side, West Side (1950) Nora Kernan
8.
 Pirates of Monterey (1947) SeƱorita de Sola
9.
 Road to Rio (1947) Catherine Vail
10.
 Anna and the King of Siam (1946) Lady Thiang
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Enjoyed success onstage in such dramas as the Broadway play, "Dr. Monica" (1933)
1936:
Made screen debut in "Anthony Adverse"
1949:
Last film before being blacklisted, "East Side, West Side"
1969:
Returned to screen after blacklisting in "Slaves" (written and directed by husband)
1970:
Played Amanda Key on the ABC serial drama, "The Best of Everything"
1976:
Appeared as herself in the documentary film, "Hollywood on Trial"
1980:
Last film, "Echoes"
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Education

University of Minnesota: -

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husband:
Herbert Biberman. Director. Married 1930 until his death in 1971; second husband; one of the Hollywood Ten summoned by HUAC to be questioned about possible past membership in the American Communist Party; perhaps best known for the banned film, "Salt of the Earth" (1954), about poor Mexican workers.

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daughter:
Mrs John Campos.
son:
Daniel Hans Biberman. Talent agent. Served as mother's agent in the 1970s.

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