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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 04:25 GMT 05:25 UK
Actress Fitzgerald dies aged 91
Geraldine Fitzgerald in 1950
Geraldine Fitzgerald pictured arriving in New York in 1950
Irish-born actress Geraldine Fitzgerald has died at her New York home, aged 91, a spokesman has confirmed.

Fitzgerald, who had a long career in film and on stage, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

She received an Oscar nomination for her performance alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1939 Wuthering Heights.

In the same year, she starred alongside Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and George Brent in the popular Hollywood tearjerker Dark Victory.

Fitzgerald had a tumultuous career at Warner Bros in the 1940s, refusing roles and being placed on suspension by the studio.


Yet during that decade she managed to appear in such films as Shining Victory (1942), The Gay Sisters (1943), Watch on the Rhine (1944) and Nobody Lives Forever (1946).

In later years, she appeared as a character actress in films including Ten North Frederick (1958), The Pawnbroker (1965), Rachel, Rachel (1968), Harry and Tonto (1974), Arthur (1981) and Easy Money (1983).

Shirley Jones, who starred with her in 1970s made-for-TV film Yesterday's Child, said: "I was a great fan. She was a consummate actress and I just loved everything she did.

"It was a great joy for me to work with her."

Geraldine Fitzgerald in 1987
Geraldine Fitzgerald had a long film and stage career

Among her New York stage appearances were roles in several Eugene O'Neill revivals, including as Mary Tyrone in a 1971 production of Long Day's Journey into Night, starring Robert Ryan.

In 1977, she starred with Jason Robards in a revival of O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet.

In 1982, she received a Tony nomination for directing Mass Appeal - Bill C Davies' play about the conflicts between an older and a younger priest.

Fitzgerald also developed a nightclub act, in which she would talk and sing about her life, including reminiscences from her childhood.

Born in Dublin, Fitzgerald made her stage debut in 1932 and later appeared in several British films.

She came to New York to act with Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater but was quickly signed by Hollywood.

Her first marriage, to Edward Lindsay-Hogg, ended in divorce. She later married businessman Stuart Scheftel, who died in 1994.

Fitzgerald is survived by a son, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, of Los Angeles, and a daughter, Susan Scheftel, who lives in New York.


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