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
(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 (May 3, 1899 – October 12, 1991) 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).

Early life[edit]

MacMahon was born to William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie (née Simon) MacMahon in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.[1]

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. Her mother, Jennie, was born in 1879 in Russia of Jewish descent; Jennie MacMahon died in 1984, aged 105.[2]


Aline MacMahon was raised in New York City and educated at Erasmus Hall High School (Brooklyn) and Barnard College.


MacMahon began appearing on Broadway in 1921. Her first film role was in 1931 in Five Star Final; she alternated between Broadway and Hollywood throughout her career.

Personal life[edit]

MacMahon was married to Clarence Stein, an architect and city planner, who founded the Regional Planning Association in 1928. He died in 1975. They had no children. Aline MacMahon died in 1991, aged 92, of pneumonia in New York City, seven years after the death of her mother.[3]


Dorothy McGuire and Aline MacMahon in Reward Unlimited (1944)


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed August 12, 2015.
  2. ^ University of Wisconsin Library, Women's Studies archives,; accessed August 12, 2015.
  3. ^ IMDb profile

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,

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