Aline MacMahon

Aline MacMahon was an Academy Award-nominated actress who appeared on stage, film, and television. She also studied the craft of Method Acting very seriously, becoming the first method actress in films.

John Strangeland’s Aline MacMahon: The Golden Age of Hollywood, Red Channels and the Birth of Method Acting in America succeeds in showcasing the career and legacy of MacMahon through engaging prose and exceptional research, thoroughly celebrating and chronicling her story. Strangeland draws from periodicals, personal correspondence, archives, interviews, and more, to effectively portray MacMahon’s life and persona, both on and off the screen.  

Thanks to Strangeland’s fine research, this fabulous new biography about MacMahon offers interesting context to the life and professional achievements of MacMahon and makes for excellent reading when working through her filmography.


Aline MacMahon: The Golden Age of Hollywood, Red Channels and the Birth of Method Acting in America succeeds is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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