Aline MacMahon

Aline MacMahon

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Aline MacMahon was born on May 03, 1899 in USA. Aline MacMahon's big-screen debut came with Five Star Final directed by Mervyn LeRoy in 1931. Aline MacMahon is known for All the Way Home directed by Alex Segal, Jean Simmons stars as Mary Follet and Robert Preston as Jay Follett. The upcoming new movie Aline MacMahon plays is For the Use of the Hall which will be released on Jan 02, 1975.

Aline MacMahon was born of Scottish-Irish and Russian-Jewish ancestry on May 3,1899, the daughter of William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie Simon MacMahon. Her father went on to become editor-in-chief of Munsey's Magazine, while her mother pursued a theatrical acting career from middle-age and lived to the ripe old age of 107. After the family moved to Brooklyn, Aline was educated at then-prestigious Erasmus Hall High School. She later attended Barnard College where she was graduated in 1920.MacMahon first appeared onstage in 'The Madras House' at the Neighbourhood Playhouse Theater and subsequently made her bow on Broadway in 'The Mirage' in 1921. During the 1920s, she had a prolific career on Broadway, first, as a comedienne adept at impersonations (notably, in 'The Grand Street Follies' and 'Artists and Models'). By 1926, she proved to be equally adept at dramatic roles, making an impact in Eugene O'Neill's 'Beyond the Horizon'. Noël Coward described her as "astonishing, moving and beautiful", while critic Alexander Woollcott commented on her 'extraordinary beauty, vitality and truth' (New York Times, October 14, 1991). Her distinguished career on the stage went on for five and a half decades, highlighted by many critically acclaimed performances in plays like 'The Eve of St. Mark' (1942-43), 'The Confidential Clerk' (1954), 'Pictures in the Hallway' (1956) and 'All the Way Home' (1960-61). Her somewhat melancholic, heavy-lidded and thickly eye-browed features inspired sculptor Isamu Noguchi and photographer Cecil Beaton.MacMahon's film career began on the strength of her wisecracking voice-culture teacher, May Daniels, in the Kaufman and Hart comedy 'Once in a Lifetime', which she had created onstage in Los Angeles in 1931. She reprised her role on screen the following year and was, prior to that, cast in similar roles as feisty secretaries in Five Star Final (1931), (her debut) and The Mouthpiece (1932). Chercheuses d'or de 1933 (1933) afforded her a well-received co-starring role as the hard-boiled "Trixie Lorraine". McMahon managed to escape typecasting with several strong dramatic performances: Edward G. Robinson's sad, cast-off wife in Valet d'argent (1932); the sympathetic self-sacrificing Mrs. Moore of The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933); her co-starring role as Guy Kibbee's long-suffering wife Myra in Babbitt (1934); and kindly spinster aunt Lily Davis in Impétueuse jeunesse (1935). She effortlessly made the transition from Pre-Code films to Post-Code.In the 1940s, she began playing lower-billed character parts, but was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as the Chinese mother of Katharine Hepburn's character, Ling Tan, in Les Fils du dragon (1944). After that, she played a succession of gentle mothers and grandmothers, as, for example, in The Eddie Cantor Story (1953). She was also occasionally employed in meatier outdoor roles in anything from swashbucklers, like La flèche et le flambeau (1950), to westerns, such as her ranch owner in L'homme de la plaine (1955). More exotically cast, she portrayed James Darren's Hawaiian mother, Kapiolani Kahana, in Le seigneur d'Hawaï (1962). In her last motion picture performance, she recreated her stage role as Aunt Hannah for the Paramount film version of All the Way Home (1963). Based on the novel 'A Death in the Family' by James Agee, the picture was a huge success with the critics but performed less well at the box office.Aside from a handful of guest appearances on television, she retired from the screen after 1964 and died of pneumonia at her Manhattan home at the age of 92 in 1991. She was married to Clarence S. Stern who predeceased her in 1975.

  • Birthday

    May 03, 1899
  • Place of Birth

    McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA

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