Margo (actress)

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Born María Marguerita Guadalupe Teresa Estela Bolado Castilla y O'Donnell
(1917-05-10)May 10, 1917
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died July 17, 1985(1985-07-17) (aged 68)
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1965

Margo (May 10, 1917 – July 17, 1985), sometimes known as Margo Albert, was a Mexican film actress and dancer.[1]

She appeared in many American motion pictures and television productions, mostly in minor roles. Her more substantial roles include Lost Horizon (1937), The Leopard Man (1943), Viva Zapata! (1952), and I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955). Her final role was as murderess Serafina in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Sad Sicilian."


Margo was born María Marguerita Guadalupe Teresa Estela Bolado Castilla y O'Donnell in Mexico City, Mexico, the niece by marriage of the band leader and musician, Xavier Cugat, through his first marriage to Carmen Castillo. She was married to the actor Francis Lederer from 1937 until their divorce in 1940.

Margo married the actor Eddie Albert on December 5, 1945, and they remained together until her death from brain cancer in 1985. They lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Her interment was at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Their son Edward Albert became an actor, and their adopted daughter Maria became her father's business manager.


This filmography of theatrical features is believed to be complete.

Hollywood blacklist[edit]

Margo was well-known in Hollywood for her far-left political leanings.[4] Though not herself a Communist, Margo was well-acquainted with several members of the American Communist Party.[5] As a result, in 1950, Albert's name was published in Red Channels, an anti-Communist pamphlet that sought to expose purported Communist influence within the entertainment industry.[6][7]

Albert's son spoke of his parents' blacklisting in an interview published in December 1972, crediting Albert's service during World War II with ultimately saving his career.

My mom was blacklisted for appearing at an anti-Franco rally; she was branded a Communist, was spat upon in the streets, and had to have a bodyguard. And my dad found himself unemployable at several major studios, just when his career was gathering momentum. During the second World War, dad joined the Navy and saw action at Tarawa, and because he came back something of a hero, he was able to get work again. But he never got as far as he should have gotten.[8]

While Albert's career survived the blacklist, his wife, Margo, had extreme difficulty finding work.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary Variety, July 24, 1985.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Margo". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Diary of a Mad Housewife". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  4. ^ Colacello, Bob. Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House--1911 to 1980 Grand Central Publishing, 2004
  5. ^ Lawrence, Greg. Dance with Demons: The Life Jerome Robbins Penguin, 2001
  6. ^ Walker, William T. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: A Reference Guide pp. 24-25 ABC-CLIO, 2011
  7. ^ DiMare, Philip C. Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1 p. 973 ABC-CLIO, 2011
  8. ^ Brown, Gene. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film: 1972-1974 Time Books, 1984
  9. ^ Price, Victoria. Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography Open Road Media, 2014 [1]

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