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Sara Allgood
Irish actress

Sara Allgood

Sara Allgood
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Intro Irish actress
A.K.A. Sally Allgood
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From Ireland United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 15 October 1879, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death 13 September 1950, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California (aged 70 years)
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Sara Ellen Allgood (29 November 1880 – 13 September 1950) was an Irish–American actress.

Early life

Allgood was born at 45 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 29 November 1880, one of eight children of George, a compositor, and Margaret (née Harold) Allgood.

Her father was Protestant and her mother Catholic. Her sister was actress Maire O'Neill, from whom she was later estranged. A brother, Tom, became a Roman Catholic priest. After her father's death when she was a young girl, her mother returned to work as a furniture trader. Allgood began work as soon as she was able, apprenticed to a french polisher near her mother's work.

Early career

Allgood joined Inghinidhe na hÉireann ("Daughters of Ireland"), where she first began to study drama under the direction of Maud Gonne and William Fay. She began her acting career at the Abbey Theatre and was in the opening of the Irish National Theatre Society. Her first big role was in December 1904 at the opening of Lady Gregory's Spreading the News. By 1905 she was a full-time actress, touring England and North America.

In 1915 Allgood was cast as the lead in Peg o' My Heart which toured Australia and New Zealand in 1916. She married her leading man, Gerald Henson, in September 1916 in Melbourne. Her happiness was short lived. She gave birth to a daughter named Mary in January 1918, who died just a day later. Her husband died of the flu in the outbreak of 1918 in November of that same year. After her return to Ireland Allgood continued to perform at the Abbey Theatre. Her most memorable performance was in Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock in 1923. She won acclaim in London when she played Bessie Burgess in O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars in 1926.

Film career and later life

Allgood was frequently featured in early Hitchcock films, such as Blackmail (1929), Juno and the Paycock (1930), and Sabotage (1936). She also had a significant role in Storm in a Teacup (1937).

After many successful theatre tours of America she settled in Hollywood in 1940 to pursue an acting career. Allgood was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Beth Morgan in the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley. She also had memorable roles in the 1941 retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, It Happened in Flatbush (1942), Jane Eyre (1943), The Lodger (1944), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), The Fabulous Dorseys (1947), and the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950).

Later years

Allgood became a United States citizen in 1945 and died of a heart attack in 1950 in Woodland Hills, California.


  • Just Peggy (1919)
  • Blackmail (1929)
  • To What Red Hell (1929)
  • Juno and the Paycock (1930)
  • The World, the Flesh, the Devil (1932)
  • The Fortunate Fool (1933) as Rose
  • Lily of Killarney (1934)
  • Irish Hearts (1934)
  • Lazybones (1935)
  • Peg of Old Drury (1935)
  • The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)
  • Crime Unlimited (1935)
  • Pot Luck (1936)
  • It's Love Again (1936)
  • Southern Roses (1936)
  • Riders to the Sea (1936)
  • Sabotage (1936)
  • Kathleen Mavourneen (1937)
  • Storm In A Teacup (1937)
  • The Sky's the Limit (1938)
  • The Londonderry Air (1938)
  • On the Night of the Fire (1939)
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • Lydia (1941)
  • That Hamilton Woman (1941)
  • This Above All (1942)
  • It Happened in Flatbush (1942)
  • The Light of Heart (1942)
  • Roxie Hart (1942)
  • The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
  • Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942)
  • City Without Men (1943)
  • Jane Eyre (1943)
  • The Lodger (1944)
  • Between Two Worlds (1944)
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
  • The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
  • Kitty (1945)
  • The Spiral Staircase (1946)
  • Cluny Brown (1946)
  • The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
  • Ivy (1947)
  • Mother Wore Tights (1947)
  • Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
  • My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
  • Man from Texas (1948)
  • The Girl from Manhattan (1948)
  • One Touch of Venus (1948)
  • The Accused (1949)
  • Challenge to Lassie (1949)
  • Sierra (1950)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
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