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.
Cause of death Brain cancer
Other names Margo Albert
Margarita Alonso y Castilla
Margo Bolado
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1965
Children 2, including Edward Albert

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".


Born María Marguerita Guadalupe Teresa Estela Bolado Castilla y O'Donnell in Mexico City, she was related by marriage to band leader Xavier Cugat, as niece of his first marriage to Carmen Castillo.[citation needed]

She became a naturalized United States citizen, on November 9, 1942.[2][3]

Margo was married twice. Her first husband was the actor Francis Lederer, from 1937 until their divorce in 1940.

She married, secondly, to actor Eddie Albert on December 5, 1945, and they remained together for 40 years until her death from brain cancer in 1985. Their son Edward Albert became an actor, and their adopted daughter Maria was her father's business manager.[citation needed]


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.[6] She was reportedly acquainted with several members of the American Communist Party, although not a member of the party herself.[7] In 1950, her name and that of her husband were published in Red Channels, an anti-Communist pamphlet that sought to expose purported Communist influence within the entertainment industry.[8][9]

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.[10]

Eddie Albert's career survived the blacklist but Margo had difficulty finding work.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary Variety, July 24, 1985.
  2. ^ Source Information: New York, Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in New York City, 1792-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
    Original data: Soundex Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts located in New York City, 1792-1989. New York, NY, USA: The National Archives at New York City.
  3. ^ Copy of approved naturalization certificate,; accessed June 14, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Margo". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Diary of a Mad Housewife". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  6. ^ Colacello, Bob. Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House--1911 to 1980, Grand Central Publishing, 2004.
  7. ^ Lawrence, Greg. Dance with Demons: The Life Jerome Robbins Penguin, 2001
  8. ^ Walker, William T. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: A Reference Guide pp. 24-25, ABC-CLIO, 2011[ISBN missing]
  9. ^ DiMare, Philip C. Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1 p. 973, ABC-CLIO, 2011[ISBN missing]
  10. ^ Brown, Gene. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film: 1972-1974, Time Books, 1984.
  11. ^ Price, Victoria. Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography, Open Road Media, 2014. [1]

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