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Aline MacMahon (May 3, 1899 – October 12, 1991) 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).

Early life

MacMahon was born Aline Laveen MacMahon to William M. and Jennie C. Simon MacMahon (1879-1984) of Irish and Russian descent in the Pittsburghmarker suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvaniamarker. 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 [755770]. Her parents were married on July 14, 1898 in Columbus, Ohio. She was raised in New York Citymarker and educated at Erasmus Hall High Schoolmarker in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker and at Barnard Collegemarker in New York Citymarker.


MacMahon began appearing on Broadwaymarker in the early 1920s. Her first film role was in 1931 in Five Star Final, but she alternated between Broadway and Hollywoodmarker 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).

Personal life

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 Citymarker.

Partial filmography


The 1910 United States Federal Census for Brooklyn, New York, April 16, 1910, Enumeration District 1409, Sheet 5.

The 1920 United States Federal Census for Manhattan Assembly District 13, January 25, 1920, Enumeration District 943, Sheet 9A.

U.S. Passport Applications 1795-1925, Roll 1533-6376-6749, 19 March 1921-21 March 1921,

Social Security Index, (Jennie C. MacMahon)

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