McKeesport, Pennsylvania USA
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New York City, New York, USA
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Aline MacMahon was an American actress.
MacMahon`s career began in theatre during the 1920s, and she worked extensively in film and television, until her retirement in the mid 1970s.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dragon Seed (1944).
MacMahon was born Aline Laveen MacMahon to William M. and Jennie C. Simon MacMahon (1879-1984) of Irish and Russian descent in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. According to the 1910 United States Federal Census for Brooklyn, New York, her father, William, was born in 1878 in Allegheny City,Pennsylvania to an Irish born father, whose occupation was a telegraph operator, and her mother, Jennie, was born in 1879 in Russia of Jewish origin. Her parents were married on July 14, 1898 in Columbus, Ohio. She was raised in New York City and educated at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York and at Barnard College in New York City.
MacMahon began appearing on Broadway in the early 1920s. Her first film role was in 1931 in Five Star Final, but she alternated between Broadway and Hollywood throughout her career.
In 1944 MacMahon appeared in the film Dragon Seed, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other films include the film version of Sinclair Lewis`s novel Babbitt (1934), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), The Life of Jimmy Dolan, Ah, Wilderness! (1935), When You`re in Love (1937), Roseanna McCoy (1949), The Flame and the Arrow (1950), All the Way Home (1961), The Young Doctors (1963), and I Could Go On Singing (1963).
MacMahon was married to Clarence Stein, the planner and architect, and founder of the Regional Planning Association, from 1928 until his death in 1975. They had no children.
MacMahon died at the age of 92 of pneumonia in New York City.
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Aline Laveen 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).
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==Aline MacMahon== Performer - ===Born=== May 3, 1899 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
===Died=== October 12, 1991 in New York City, New York, USA (pneumonia)
===Birth Name=== Aline Laveen MacMahon
===Height=== 5' 8" (1.73 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Aline MacMahon was born of Irish/Russian 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 in New York and graduated from Barnard College in 1920. She first appeared on stage in 'The Madras House' at the Neighbourhood Playhouse and subsequently made her bow on Broadway in 'The Mirage' in 1921. During the 1920's, Aline 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). Aline's 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.
===Aline'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 on stage 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). Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) afforded her a well-received co-starring role as the hard-boiled Trixie Lorraine. Aline managed to escape typecasting with several strong dramatic performances: Edward G. Robinson's sad, cast-off wife in Silver Dollar (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 Ah Wilderness! (1935).
===In the 1940's===, Aline 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 Dragon Seed (1944). After that, Aline 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 The Flame and the Arrow (1950), to westerns, such as her ranch owner in The Man from Laramie (1955). More exotically cast, she portrayed James Darren's Hawaiian mother, Kapiolani Kahana, in Diamond Head (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.
===Except for a handful of guest appearances=== on television, Aline pretty much retired from the screen after 1964 and died of pneumonia at her Manhattan home at the age of 92 in October 1991.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis
===Spouse (1)=== [[Clarence S. Stein]] (1928 - 1975) ( his death)
===Trivia (6)=== 1. Educated at Erasmus Hall and Barnard College and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. 2. Best remembered for her sweet but weary-looking moms and matrons on stage and in 30's and 40's films. 3. Married for 47 Years to Clarence S. Stein, an architect and major proponent of the "garden city" using greenbelts. Stein assisted in the planning of the 1915 World's Fair in San Diego and was known as the Architect of the Planned Community. 4. Although best remembered in her later years for her warm-hearted and wise maternal roles, she is also memorable as one of the wisecracking, cynical chorus girls in Warner Brothers' Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). 5. Cousin of [[S. Sylvan Simon]]. 6. Upon her death, her remains were interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York. Her location plot is Section 6, plot 124.
Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, NY
Barnard College, Neighborhood Playhouse in New York
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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
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