Geraldine Fitzgerald Biography

Actress, Television Actress, Theater Actress, Film Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress (1913–2005)
Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald became adept at playing nearly every kind of supporting role in her fifty year acting career.


Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, born 1913 in Ireland, became adept at playing nearly every kind of supporting role in her fifty year acting career. Her roles started in the 1930's British theater all the way into 1990's American television movies. Fitzgerald received nominations for an Academy and Emmy Award. She lost her battle with Alzheimer's Disease at age 91.


Actress. Born November 24, 1913 in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland. Inspired by her aunt, actress/director Shelah Richards, Geraldine Fitzgerald performed in local Dublin theater as a teen. After working in films in England, she appeared on Broadway in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House. Her Hollywood debut as Isabella in Wuthering Heights garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other classic films include Dark Victory (1939), The Gay Sisters (1942) and Watch on the Rhine (1943).

Geraldine Fitzgerald??s frequent clashes with studio management funneled her career into that of a character actress. She gave strong supporting performances in several films, including Ten North Frederick (1958), The Pawnbroker (1964) and Rachel, Rachel (1968). In the 1980s, she segued easily into comedy with such fare as Arthur (1981) and Easy Money (1983).

Geraldine Fitzgerald also continued to nurture her stage career, with acclaimed reviews in a 1971 off-Broadway production of Long Day's Journey into Night and the 1977 Broadway revival of A Touch of the Poet. She also appeared in the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play The Shadow Box. In the early 1990s, she enjoyed a successful run as a cabaret singer with the show Streetsongs.

Geraldine Fitzgerald died at age 91 from complications from Alzheimer??s disease. She is survived by her son, film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and a daughter.

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