Sara Allgood

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Sara Allgood
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Sara Allgood, circa 1912
Born (1879-10-15)October 15, 1879
Dublin, Ireland
Died September 13, 1950(1950-09-13) (aged 70)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1918–50
Spouse(s) Gerald Henson (m. 1916–18)

Sara Allgood (October 15, 1879 – September 13, 1950; also known as Sally Allgood) was an Irish actress.


Allgood was born in Dublin, Ireland to George Allgood and Margaret (née Harold).[1] Her sister was actress Maire O'Neill.[2]

Allgood began her acting career at the Abbey Theatre and was in the opening of the Irish National Theatre Society, appearing in many of their plays all over Britain. She was frequently featured in early Hitchcock films, such as Blackmail (1929), Juno and the Paycock (1930) and Sabotage (1936).[3][4]

Allgood was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1942 for her role as Beth Morgan in the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, but lost to Mary Astor. She also had memorable roles in the 1941 retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, It Happened in Flatbush (1942), Jane Eyre (1943), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) and the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950).

She was married for a short time to British stage actor Gerald Henson. Both Henson and their newborn daughter died of influenza in the outbreak of 1918.

After becoming a United States citizen in 1945, Allgood died of a heart attack in 1950 at the age of 70, in Woodland Hills, California.



  1. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre:1912-1976 volume 1 A-C page 36; compiled from editions originally published annually by John Parker, this 1976 version by Gale Research Company
  2. ^ Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4. 
  3. ^ E H Mikhail, ed. (1988). The Abbey Theater: interviews and recollections. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0-389-20616-4. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Hugh (1979). The Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre, 1904-1978. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231049061. 

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