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Mary Astor



Pressured into an acting career by her ambitious parents, Mary Astor was a silent film star before she was 17 -- a tribute more to her dazzling good looks than anything else. Debuting in The Beggar Maid (1921), Astor appeared opposite John Barrymore in 1923's Beau Brummell with whom she had a romantic relationship and later starred with in Don Juan (1926), Anxious not to be a victim of the talking-picture revolution, the actress perfected her vocal technique in several stage productions for Edward Everett Horton's Los Angeles-based Majestic Theatre, and the result was a most successful talkie career. Things nearly fell to pieces in 1936 when, in the midst of a divorce suit, Astor's ex-husband tried to gain custody of the couple's daughter by making public a diary she had kept. In this volume, Astor detailed her affair with playwright George S. Kaufman; portions of the diary made it to the newspapers, causing despair for Astor and no end of embarrassment for Kaufman. But Astor's then-current employer, producer Sam Goldwyn, stood by his star and permitted her to complete her role in his production of Dodsworth (1936). Goldwyn was touched by Astor's fight for the custody of her child, and was willing to overlook her past mistakes. Some of Astor's best films were made after the scandal subsided, including The Maltese Falcon (1941), in which she played the gloriously untrustworthy Brigid O'Shaughnessy opposite Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade, and The Great Lie (1941), in which she played a supremely truculent concert pianist (and won an Academy Award in the bargain). Seemingly getting better as she got older, Astor spent the final phase of her career playing spiteful or snobbish mothers, with one atypical role as murderer Robert Wagner's slow-on-the-uptake mom in A Kiss Before Dying (1956). A lifelong aspiring writer, Astor wrote two entertaining and insightful books on her career, My Story and A Life on Film. Retiring after the film Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1966), Astor fell victim to health complications and financial tangles, compelling her to spend her last years in a small but comfortable bungalow on the grounds of the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Convention City
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt
  • Actor
2012
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • Jewel Mayhew
1964
No Score Yet Return to Peyton Place
  • Mrs. Roberta Carter
1961
No Score Yet This Happy Feeling
  • Mrs. Tremaine
1958
100% A Kiss Before Dying
  • Mrs. Corliss
1956
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize
  • Mrs. George Salt
1956
No Score Yet Yesterday And Today
  • Actor
1953
83% Little Women
  • Marmee March
1949
No Score Yet Any Number Can Play
  • Ada
1949
90% Act of Violence
  • Pat
1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Queenie Havock
1947
No Score Yet Cynthia
  • Louise Bishop
1947
60% Desert Fury (Desert Town)
  • Fritzi Haller
1947
No Score Yet Fiesta
  • Senora Morales
1947
No Score Yet Blonde Fever
  • Delilah Donay
1944
100% Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Mrs. Smith
1944
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer
  • Hyllary Jones
1943
No Score Yet Young Ideas
  • Actor
1943
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Princess Centimillia
1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific
  • Alberta Marlow
1942
100% The Maltese Falcon
  • Brigid O'Shaughnessy
1941
No Score Yet The Great Lie
  • Sandra Kovac
1941
No Score Yet Turnabout
  • Marion Manning
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Mary Ann Young
1940
92% Midnight
  • Helene Flammarion
1939
No Score Yet Listen, Darling
  • Mrs. Dorothy 'Dottie' Wingate
1938
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman
  • Lola Fraser
1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Antoinette de Mauban
1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane
  • Madame Germaine De Laage
1937
88% Dodsworth
  • Edith Cortright
1936
No Score Yet Trapped by Television
  • Barbara Blake
1936
No Score Yet And So They Were Married
  • Edith Farnham
1936
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Gladys Russell
1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Howling Dog
  • Bessie Foley
1934
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces
  • Jessica Wells
1934
No Score Yet Upper World
  • Mrs. Hettie Stream
1934
No Score Yet The World Changes
  • Virginia
1933
80% The Kennel Murder Case
  • Hilda Lake
1933
No Score Yet The Little Giant
  • Ruth Wayburn
1933
No Score Yet Lady from Nowhere
  • Polly Dunlap
1933
No Score Yet Men of Chance
  • Marthe Preston Silk
1932
100% Red Dust
  • Barbara Willis
1932
100% The Lost Squadron
  • Follette Marsh
1932
No Score Yet Smart Woman
  • Nancy Gibson
1931
No Score Yet The Sin Ship
  • Kitty Marsden
1931
No Score Yet Behind Office Doors
  • Mary Linden
1931
No Score Yet Other Men's Women
  • Lily Kulper
1931
No Score Yet The Royal Bed
  • Princess Anne
1931
No Score Yet Holiday
  • Julia Seton
1930
No Score Yet The Runaway Bride
  • Mary Gray/Sally Fairchild
1930
No Score Yet The Rough Riders
  • Dolly
1927
No Score Yet Two Arabian Knights
  • Anis bin Adham
1927
No Score Yet Don Juan
  • Adriona Della Varnese
1926
No Score Yet Don Q Son of Zorro
  • Dolores de Muro
1925
No Score Yet Beau Brummel
  • Lady Margery Alvanley
1924
No Score Yet The Fighting Coward
  • Lucy
1924
No Score Yet The Fighting American
  • Mary O'Mallory
1924
No Score Yet Bright Shawl
  • Narcissa Escobar
1923
No Score Yet The Scarecrow
  • Actor
1920
No Score Yet WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926
  • Actor

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