Gale Sondergaard

Birth Name: Edith Holm Sondergaard

Date of Birth: February 15, 1899

Place of Birth: Litchfield, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: August 14, 1985

Place of Death: Woodland Hills, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Danish

Gale Sondergaard was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Anthony Adverse (1936).

Her father, Hans Tjellesen Smidt Søndergaard/Sondergaard, was from Rødding, Denmark. Her mother, Anne Kirstine (Holm), was from Vonsild, Nørre Tyrstrup, Vejle, Denmark. She was married to screenwriter and film director Herbert Biberman, until his death. The couple had two children, who were adopted.

Gale’s paternal grandfather was Hans Pedersen Søndergaard (the son of Peder Jespersen and Magrete Pedersen Søndergaard/Hansdatter). Hans was born in Søndergård, Nustrup, Bæk, Denmark. Peder was the son of Jesper Hansen and Anne Christine Christensdatter. Margrete was the daughter of Hans Pedersen Søndergaard and Anne Marie Jensdatter.

Gale’s paternal grandmother was Christiane Madsdatter/Madsdatters (the daughter of Mads Pedersen and Else Kathrine Pedersdatter). Christiane was born in Odense amt, Fraugde, Denmark. Mads was the son of Peder Nielsen and Berte Madsdatter. Else was the daughter of Peter Corneliussen/Cornelius and Karen Rasmusdatter.

Gale’s maternal grandfather was Hans Peter Rasmussen Holm/Hansen Griis (the son of Rasmus Hansen Griis and Johanne Marie Christiansdatter Kock). Hans was born in Vonsild, Nørre Tyrstrup, Vejle, Denmark. Rasmus was the son of Hans Pedersen Griis/Pedersen and Karen Iversen. Johanne was the daughter of Christian Hansen and Karen Hansdatter.

Gale’s maternal grandmother was Eline Marie Dorthea Krog (the daughter of Jens Christian Hansen/Krog and Anne Kjerstine Roos). Eline was born in Stubbum, Aller, Haderslev, Denmark. Jens was the son of Hans Hansen Ravn and Christiane Charlotte Lovise Krog. Anne was the daughter of Andreas Andreasen Roos and Ellen Nisdatter.

Source: Genealogy of Gale Sondergaard –


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