Aline MacMahon

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Aline MacMahon
Aline MacMahon in The Search trailer.jpg
from the trailer for The Search (1948)
Born Aline Laveen MacMahon
or Aline Lareen MacMahon

(1899-05-03)May 3, 1899
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died October 12, 1991(1991-10-12) (aged 92)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1921–1975
Spouse(s) Clarence Stein (1928–1975; his death)

Aline Laveen MacMahon (or Aline Lareen MacMahon)[1](May 3, 1899 – October 12, 1991)[2] was an American actress. Her career began on stage in 1921. She worked extensively in film and television until her retirement in 1975. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dragon Seed (1944).[3]

Early life[edit]

MacMahon was born to William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie (née Simon) MacMahon in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.[4] Her father was an editor with Associated Press and the editor of Munsey's Magazine.[5]

Her parents married on July 14, 1898 in Columbus, Ohio. According to the 1910 United States Federal Census, her father was born in 1878 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (today the North Side of the city of Pittsburgh) to an Irish-born father, whose occupation was a telegraph operator. He died September 6, 1931.[5] Her mother, Jennie, was born in 1879 in Russia of Jewish descent; Jennie MacMahon died in 1984, aged 105.[6]

MacMahon was entertaining as early as 1908, when a newspaper article reported "a series of songs and dances by Aline MacMahon" at St. Jude's Church in Brooklyn.[7]

Education[edit]

MacMahon was raised in Brooklyn[1] in New York City and educated at Public School 103,[8] Erasmus Hall High School (Brooklyn) and Barnard College.[9]

Career[edit]

MacMahon made her professional debut in 1914.[10]

She began appearing on Broadway in 1921 in The Madras House.[11] (Another source says that her first Broadway performance was in The Mirage in 1921.)[2] Her Broadway credits include 24 shows.[11] Her first film role was in 1931 in Five Star Final;[12] she alternated between Broadway and Hollywood throughout her career.

The film reference Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors says of MacMahon (in part), "She proved to be a fine, sympathetic actress with a quick wit and tart tongue who then moved into character roles with ease as she became plumper and more motherly looking."[2]

Personal life[edit]

On March 28, 1928, MacMahon married Clarence Stein,[9] an architect and city planner, who founded the Regional Planning Association. He died in 1975. They had no children.

Death[edit]

MacMahon died in 1991, aged 92, of pneumonia in New York City,[12] seven years after the death of her mother.[13]

Papers[edit]

The New York Public Library has a collection of MacMahon's papers that document various aspects of her life. They are house in the library's Billy Rose Theatre Division.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Dorothy McGuire and Aline MacMahon in Reward Unlimited (1944)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Glad Mr. Pease Resigned". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. April 20, 1911. p. 3. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ a b c Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 454. ISBN 9781557835512. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "(Aline MacMahon search)". The Official Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Profile, findagrave.com; accessed August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Former Editor of Munsey's Expires". Montana Butte Standard. Montana, Butte. Associated Press. September 8, 1931. p. 1. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ University of Wisconsin Library, Women's Studies archives, library.wisc.edu; accessed August 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "For St. Jude's Church". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. July 31, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "These Schools Are to Follow". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. May 19, 1912. p. 61. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b "Weds Housing Chairman". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. March 29, 1928. p. 3. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Miss Aline MacMahon Makes Her Professional Debut". Brooklyn Life. New York, Brooklyn. April 25, 1914. p. 6. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ a b "(Aline MacMahon search)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Deaths Elsewhere: Aline MacMahon". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. October 15, 1991. p. 10. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  13. ^ IMDb profile
  14. ^ "Aline MacMahon papers 1899-1989". The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 

Census and other data[edit]

  • The 1910 United States Federal Census for Brooklyn, New York, April 16, 1910, Enumeration District 1409, Sheet 5.
  • The 1920 United States Federal Census for Manhattan Assembly District 13, January 25, 1920, Enumeration District 943, Sheet 9A.
  • U.S. Passport Applications 1795–1925, Roll 1533-6376-6749, 19 March 1921 – 21 March 1921, Ancestry.com.

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