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Mary Astor

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Biography

In Convention City, 1933

Source: allstarpics.net

Mary Astor was an American actress who is most remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart. Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s. She eventually made a successful transition to talkies and went on to even greater success on the screen, eventually winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Sandra Kovak in The Great Lie (1941). She was a MGM contract player through most of the 1940s and continued to act in movies, on television and on stage until her retirement from the screen in 1964. In addition to her acting career, Astor has written five novels. Her autobiography became a bestseller, as did her later book, A Life on Film, which was specifically about her career.

Director Lindsay Anderson wrote of her in 1990: "...that when two or three who love the cinema are gathered together, the name of Mary Astor always comes up, and everybody agrees that she was an actress of special attraction, whose qualities of depth and reality always seemed to illuminate the parts she played."

Fact file

  • Born: Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke May 3, 1906 Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: September 25, 1987 (aged 81) Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Respiratory failure
  • Resting place: Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1920–64
  • Spouse(s): Kenneth Hawks (m. 1928–30; widowed) Franklin Thorpe (m. 1931–35; divorced) Manuel del Campo (m. 1936–41; divorced) Thomas Gordon Wheelock (m. 1945–55; divorced)
  • Children: Marylyn Hauoli Thorpe (b. 1932) Anthony del Campo (b. 1939)

Read more about Mary Astor at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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