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THE LETTER (William Wyler, 1940), with Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard, Herbert Marshall & Sen Yung.

Gale Sondergaard - Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen.


vintagegal: Gale Sondergaard in a makeup test for The Wizard of Oz (1939) Sondergaard was originally cast as the witch in “Oz” and was photographed for two wardrobe tests, both of which survive. One was as a glamorous wicked witch, and another as a conventionally ugly wicked witch. After the decision was made to have an ugly wicked witch, Sondergaard, reluctant to wear the disfiguring makeup and fearing it could damage her career, withdrew from the role, and it went to veteran character…