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Aline MacMahon

Hollywood, the Blacklist, and the Birth of Method Acting

American actress Aline MacMahon's youth was spent honing her talents while performing at local events in New York City. After popular stage success on Broadway, she headlined a touring company in Los Angeles, where she was discovered by legendary Hollywood director Mervyn LeRoy and put under contract to Warner Brothers.

During the 1930s and 1940s, MacMahon starred in countless films and was among the most influential actors of the era, her talent revered as highly as peers Katherine Hepburn, Paul Muni, and Bette Davis. Her pioneering use of a new acting style brought to America from Russia by Konstantin Stanlisavsky—now widely known as the Method—began a revolution on the screen and made her an industry darling.
 
Although popular with audiences and widely lauded for her versatile, naturalistic style, MacMahon's despair at the lack of challenging roles and fallout from her political activism would soon dim her star in the most tragic of ways. Blacklisted during the Communist Red Scare of the 1950's she became the subject of covert FBI surveillance and was denied work for many years.

John Stangeland's biography of this unique actress, Aline MacMahon, offers an insightful look into the life and oeuvre of this largely overlooked talent and how the atmosphere of Hollywood's golden age created an inescapable blueprint for a career nearly destroyed by politics and fear.

About the Author

John Stangeland is the author of Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood.

Reviews

"There have been many impressive but unjustly neglected performers . . . and one such overlooked actress was Aline MacMahon (1899-1991), whose film career (in addition to her stage work) encompassed forty-three movies from 1931 to 1963, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dragon Seed (1944). Aline MacMahon was a unique and memorable talent, a restrained and subdued actress in an era of tinny voices and bulging eyes, and author John Stangeland has given MacMahon her due in this concise, very entertaining, and well-researched biography."—Roy Kinnard, author of The Films of Fay Wray

"John Stangeland's Aline MacMahon: Hollywood, the Blacklist, and the Birth of Method Acting succeeds in showcasing the career and legacy of MacMahon through engaging prose and exceptional research, thoroughly celebrating and chronicling her story. Stangeland draws from periodicals, personal correspondence, archives, interviews, and more, to effectively portray MacMahon's life and persona, both on and off the screen."—Annette Bochenek, PhD, Hometowns to Hollywood

"Stangeland shines a much needed spotlight on one of the great actresses of stage and screen whose talent and versatility was admired by many. Aline MacMahon is given her due in this well-researched and thoughtful biography which offers an intimate look at her devotion to her craft, her enduring marriage, and her political beliefs. Absorbing and highly readable, this biography will rescue MacMahon from obscurity and give her the recognition she so greatly deserves."—Raquel Stecher, film historian and critic

"Solidly researched, psychologically insightful, and gracefully written."—The New York Review of Books

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