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Mary Astor

Mary Astor

  • Red Dust (1932) September 12 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Little Giant, The (1933) September 19 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Other Men's Women (1931) September 26 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Little Women (1949) October 01 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Thousands Cheer (1943) October 03 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: September 25, 1987
Born: May 3, 1906 Cause of Death: complications resulting from emphysema
Birth Place: Quincy, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Illinois
1919:
Submitted photograph to contest sponsored by <i>Motion Picture</i> magazine; moved to Chicago when placed among finalists but was deemed too young
1920:
Family moved to NYC
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Posed for a series of photographs titled "The Madonna Child" for Charles Albin; caught attention of talent scout who put her under six-month contract with Paramount; name changed to Mary Astor
1921:
Film debut in a dream sequence of the film "Sentimental Journey"; cut from final print
1921:
First screen appearance in title role of the short "The Beggar Maid"
1922:
Feature acting debut in "John Smith"
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Re-signed by Paramount to a $500 a week contract
1923:
Moved to Hollywood
1924:
Career boosted when she was reportedly requested by John Barrymore to play opposite him in "Beau Brummel" (produced at Warner Bros.) and "Don Juan"; they supposedly fell in love on the set
1925:
Signed by Warner Bros.
1926:
Named a Wampas Baby Star
1928:
Loaned to Fox for "Dressed to Kill"; later signed contract with Fox
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Released by Fox when she failed a sound test; the equipment distorted her voice and made her sound more masculine
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Co-starred in the L.A. stage production "Among the Married" alongside Florence Eldridge and Edward Everett Horton
1930:
First sound feature "Ladies Love Brutes"
1930:
Co-starred as Julia Seton in the first screen version of Philip Barry's play "Holiday"
1932:
Cast as an unfaithful wife in "Red Dust"
1933:
Played a murder suspect in "The Kennel Murder Case", a Philo Vance mystery starring William Powell as the detective
1936:
Made headlines when her 1929-1934 diary was introduced in divorce proceedings; the journal reportedly contained passages of her lovers in explicit detail; Astor always maintained that the pages introduced in court were forgeries
1936:
Delivered a memorable supporting turn as an American expatriate in "Dodsworth"
1937:
Co-starred in "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "The Hurricane"
1937:
Returned to the stage as star of three one-acts by Noel Coward, "Tonight at 8:30", "The Astonished Heart" and "Still Life"
1938:
Played Judy Garland's widowed mother in "Listen Darling"
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Began appearing on radio programs such as "Lux Theatre", "Screen Actors Guild" and "Suspense"
1939:
Reunited onscreen with John Barrymore in "Midnight"; was pregnant during filming
1941:
Won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a concert pianist in "The Great Lie"; film starred Bette Davis
1941:
Cast in what is arguably her best-known role, the shady Brigid O'Shaughnessy in "The Maltese Falcon" opposite Humphrey Bogart
1942:
Reteamed with Bogart in "Across the Pacific"
1942:
Donned an ill-advised blonde wig as a much-married socialite in the comedy "The Palm Beach Story"
1943:
Signed seven-year contract with MGM in part for the financial security; later came to regret decision as studio only seemed to cast her in matronly parts which she dubbed "The Metro Mothers"
1944:
Played the matriarch of the Smith family in the charming slice of Americana "Meet Me in St. Louis"
1944:
Broadway debut in the ill-fated "Many Happy Returns"
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Had to turn down and opportunity to star in film version of "Blithe Spirit" as MGM would not loan her
1946:
Loaned to Fox to co-star in "Claudia and David"
1948:
Portrayed a woman of questionable virtue in the noirish "Act of Violence"
1949:
Cast as Marmee in remake of "Little Women"; Astor was so disillusioned with studio she asked to be released from her contract
1951:
Struggling with alcoholism, attempted suicide; later joined Alcoholics Anonymous and converted to Catholicism
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Moved to NYC
1952:
Toured the USA in the stage play "The Time of the Cuckoo"
1954:
TV acting debut in "The Missing Years" on "Kraft Television Theater" (ABC)
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Made frequent appearances on TV programs
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Returned to Broadway opposite Eve LeGallienne in "The Starcross Story"
1956:
Moved back to Los Angeles
1956:
Toured in Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell", directed by Agnes Moorehead
1956:
Returned to films after seven years to play Robert Wagner's mother in "A Kiss Before Dying"
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Played Norma Desmond in TV version of "Sunset Boulevard"; also acted in "The Women" and two separate versions of "The Philadelphia Story"
1959:
Published "My Story, An Autobiography"
1961:
Portrayed the overpossessive mother of Brett Halsey in the sequel "Return to Peyton Place"
1964:
Final film, "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte"; made cameo appearance as a blackmailed murderer; co-starred with Bette Davis
1971:
Wrote second memoir "A Life on Film"
1976:
Moved to Motion Picture Country Home
1980:
Profiled in cover story of <i>Life</i> magazine, "Whatever Became of Mary Astor and Other Lost Stars?"

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