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from the trailer for The Search (1948)
|Born||Aline Laveen MacMahon
or Aline Lareen MacMahon
May 3, 1899
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||October 12, 1991
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Clarence Stein (1928–1975; his death)|
Aline Laveen MacMahon (or Aline Lareen 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).
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. Her mother, Jennie, was born in 1879 in Russia of Jewish descent; Jennie MacMahon died in 1984, aged 105.
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.
MacMahon made her professional debut in 1914.
She began appearing on Broadway in 1921 in The Madras House. (Another source says that her first Broadway performance was in The Mirage in 1921.) Her Broadway credits include 24 shows. Her first film role was in 1931 in Five Star Final; 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."
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.
- Five Star Final (1931)
- The Heart of New York (1932)
- The Mouthpiece (1932)
- Week-End Marriage (1932)
- Life Begins (1932)
- Once in a Lifetime (1932)
- One Way Passage (1932)
- Silver Dollar (1932)
- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
- The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
- Heroes for Sale (1933)
- The World Changes (1933)
- Heat Lightning (1934)
- The Merry Frinks (1934)
- Side Streets (1934)
- Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
- Babbitt (1934)
- While the Patient Slept (1935)
- Mary Jane's Pa (1935)
- I Live My Life (1935)
- Kind Lady (1935)
- Ah, Wilderness! (1935)
- When You're in Love (1937)
- Back Door to Heaven (1939)
- Out of the Fog (1941)
- The Lady is Willing (1942)
- Tish (1942)
- Stage Door Canteen (1943)
- Seeds of Freedom (1943)
- Reward Unlimited (1944 short)
- Dragon Seed (1944)
- Guest in the House (1944)
- The Mighty McGurk (1947)
- The Search (1948)
- Roseanna McCoy (1949)
- The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
- The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)
- The Man from Laramie (1955)
- Cimarron (1960)
- The Young Doctors (1961)
- Diamond Head (1963)
- I Could Go On Singing (1963)
- All the Way Home (1963)
- "Glad Mr. Pease Resigned". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. April 20, 1911. p. 3. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- 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.
- "(Aline MacMahon search)". The Official Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- Profile, findagrave.com; accessed August 12, 2015.
- "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.
- University of Wisconsin Library, Women's Studies archives, library.wisc.edu; accessed August 12, 2015.
- "For St. Jude's Church". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. July 31, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "These Schools Are to Follow". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. May 19, 1912. p. 61. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Weds Housing Chairman". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. March 29, 1928. p. 3. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Miss Aline MacMahon Makes Her Professional Debut". Brooklyn Life. New York, Brooklyn. April 25, 1914. p. 6. Retrieved August 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(Aline MacMahon search)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- "Deaths Elsewhere: Aline MacMahon". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. October 15, 1991. p. 10. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- IMDb profile
- "Aline MacMahon papers 1899-1989". The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
Census and other data
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aline MacMahon.|
- Aline MacMahon at the Internet Movie Database
- Aline MacMahon at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Aline MacMahon". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
- Literature on Aline MacMahon
- Aline MacMahon papers, 1899-1989, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts