Mary Astor

Mary Astor

Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Lowest Rated: 14% Any Number Can Play (1949)

Birthday: May 3, 1906

Birthplace: Not Available

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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt Actor 2012
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Jewel Mayhew 1964
No Score Yet Youngblood Hawke Irene Perry 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
71% Little Women Marmee March 1949
14% 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
57% 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
97% 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
60% 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 Woman Against Woman Cynthia Holland 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
89% 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
83% 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 Convention City Arlene Dale 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
100% 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 Second Fiddle Polly Crawford 1923
No Score Yet The Scarecrow Actor 1920
No Score Yet WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 Actor


No Score Yet Rawhide
Emma Cardwell 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Grace Dolan Mrs. Fenimore 1959


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