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Also Known As: Died: July 17, 2005
Born: November 24, 1913 Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: actor, director, playwright

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A dark-haired classic beauty from the Dublin stage, Fitzgerald had appeared in several British films before making her Broadway debut in the 1938 Mercury Theater production of George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" and her Hollywood debut in "Dark Victory" (1939). She is perhaps best remembered for her splendid, Oscar-nominated supporting performance as Isabella, poignantly suffering the pangs of unrequited love, in William Wyler's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (1939). Off to a fine start in Hollywood, Fitzgerald played strong-willed women throughout the 1940s. Among her notable performances was as one of the eponymous characters in the highly intriguing "Three Strangers" (1946), in which she more than held her own opposite Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. After being put on suspension for protesting too many dull studio-chosen roles, though, Fitzgerald found that by the end of the decade her screen career had virtually petered out. Fitzgerald's career slowed down somewhat during the 1950s and 60s, but she did TV and stage work, and made intermittent film appearances. She did fine work, for example, as the wife of a straying man (Gary Cooper) in "Ten North Frederick" (1958). In the 1970s,...

A dark-haired classic beauty from the Dublin stage, Fitzgerald had appeared in several British films before making her Broadway debut in the 1938 Mercury Theater production of George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" and her Hollywood debut in "Dark Victory" (1939). She is perhaps best remembered for her splendid, Oscar-nominated supporting performance as Isabella, poignantly suffering the pangs of unrequited love, in William Wyler's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (1939). Off to a fine start in Hollywood, Fitzgerald played strong-willed women throughout the 1940s. Among her notable performances was as one of the eponymous characters in the highly intriguing "Three Strangers" (1946), in which she more than held her own opposite Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. After being put on suspension for protesting too many dull studio-chosen roles, though, Fitzgerald found that by the end of the decade her screen career had virtually petered out.

Fitzgerald's career slowed down somewhat during the 1950s and 60s, but she did TV and stage work, and made intermittent film appearances. She did fine work, for example, as the wife of a straying man (Gary Cooper) in "Ten North Frederick" (1958). In the 1970s, Fitzgerald made a triumphant return to the stage as an actress (in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" 1971), director ("Mass Appeal" 1980, for which she received a Tony nomination) and street performer (with her Everyman Street Theatre). She was memorable in a brief turn as Dudley Moore's wise grandmother in "Arthur" (1981) and also appeared in its inevitable, though inferior sequel, "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988). In 1988, she received an Emmy nomination for a guest spot as an elderly woman contemplating suicide on the long-running sitcom, "The Golden Girls". Her son is director Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Could Read the Sky (1999) Eileen
2.
 Bump in the Night (1991) Mrs Beauchamps
4.
 Arthur 2: On The Rocks (1988) Martha Bach
5.
 Night of Courage (1987) Abby Abelsen
6.
 Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) Gramma Jess
7.
 Circle Of Violence (1985) Charlotte Kessling
8.
 Link, The (1985) Mrs Thomason
9.
 Do You Remember Love (1985) Lorraine Wyatt
10.
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1932:
Stage debut at the Gate Theatre, Dublin
1934:
British film acting debut, "Blind Justice"
1938:
Moved to USA; made New York stage debut in "Heartbreak House" with the Mercury Theater
1939:
First American film as actress, "Dark Victory", starring Bette Davis
1950:
US TV debut "The Marble Faun"
1968:
Founded Everyman Street Theatre with Brother Jonathan Ringkamp
1972:
Co-produced Lincoln Center Community Street Festival
1976:
Created and starred in one-woman show, "Songs of the "Streets"
1980:
Directed New York stage production of "Mass Appeal"
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Education

Queen's University: -
Dublin Art School: -

Notes

Received the Handel Medallion from the city of New York (1974) for Everyman Street Theatre.

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husband:
Edward Lindsay-Hogg. Songwriter, (some sources say horse-breeder). Married in 1936; divorced in 1946.
husband:
Stuart Scheftel. Businessman. Married on September 10, 1946; president, Museum of Famous People; co-founder Pan-Am Building; grandson of the founder of Macy's department store.

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father:
Edward Fitzgerald. Attorney. Lawfirm, E & T Fitzgerald is mentioned in James Joyce's "Ulysses".
mother:
Edith Fitzgerald.
son:
Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Director. Born May 5, 1940.
daughter:
Susan Scheftel. Father, Stuart Scheftel.
great-niece:
Tara Fitzgerald. Actor.
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