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mary astor? what an actress !
- kenneth g thomas
ever since i was 11 years old (im 62-today) i'm still 'discovering' mary astor. her wit, charm and professionalism are yet to be surpasses. i espeacially loved her in little women, as marme ! did i say she is supurb !
Mary Astor...What a Star!!
- John J.
Mary Astor is a star who I've grown to love more with each movie I see her in. The Maltese Falcon was always a great movie to me, even as a child and before I realized I would eventually become a real classic movie fan. Astor's role in Falcon is one of the key attractions of that film. She also did comedy extremely well. Her performances in Midnight and The Palm Beach Story are priceless. Perfect wit and timimg. She exuded class as only the greats from that era could. In reading her biography here on this site, I see that she a long, busy and productive career in silents throughout the twenties. That just adds to her appeal for me since the silent movies are endlessly fascinating to me.
Mary Astor: Class Act
Mary Astor is great in Dodsworth as the title character's love interest among a first rate cast of players in a compelling story. I highly recommend it the next time it is on TCM. Astor was a lovely, graceful actress who was able to weather Hollywood's ups and downs in many memorable roles.
Silent Movie made me cry.
- Terry Wright
I have just seen the movie Beau Brimmel with Mary Astor and John Barrymore and I place Mary's name first on purpose. Where Barrymore definately overacted at times Mary was perfect in every scene. This is the very first silent picture I ever watched on purpose. Mary's beauty, innocence, sexiness and charm made me love her and wish I'd had the chance to romance her in the 1920's too, as Barrymore did after this film. Wow is all I can say. I am now a true fan of Mary's and can't wait to find her other films. Somehow I seem to feel that I knew her, if there is such a thing as a past life then I think I did. I feel sorry for her in the way her life played out. She deserved so much more than she was given by Hollywood and the men in her life. The greatest line of the movie also fits Mary Astor's life, "Death kills but one time, life kills many times." I'm so sorry Mary.
Mary Astor: The Legacy
Mary Astor was featured in almost two hundred movies in a career that spans the history of cinema. She managed to bitch, mother, shout, and shine from the days of the early silents to the gorey sixties. Ms. Astor was gamine, gangster's moll, blue blooded, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor's mothers (twice each!), concert pianist, callgirl, aristocrat, and murderous old biddy. She wrote two fascinating autobiographies, won an oscar playing a woman against Bette Davis, and was a tabloid queen during the infamous scandal of the Purple Diary during the 1930s. Watch her, respect her, and be enthralled.
An Underrated Talent
Mary Astor was a beautiful and talented actress that sholud have been a star. It's a travesty that MGM put her in motherly roles, because her ability was so much broader. Just look at films like "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Great Lie." She played flashy, unsympathetic characters. In both films, she caused the problem. Most people, including Astor believe she should've been Oscar nomiated for "The Maltese Falcon," but I think she still deserved the Oscar for "The Great Lie." I have seen two performances of the other nominated actresses in Astor's category and Astor had the stronger and more memorable performance. She was also a stellar comidienne like in "The Palm Beach Story." She always brings life to her character and I hope to write a biography on her to revive intrest on her.