Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an American actress. 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, but almost saw her career destroyed due to public scandal in the mid-1930s. She was sued for support by her parents and was later branded an adulterous wife by her ex-husband during a custody fight over her daughter.
Overcoming these stumbling blocks in her private life, Astor 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 an 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.
Astor was the author of 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: “…(W)hen 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.”
Birth Place: Quincy, Illinois, USA on 1906-05-03
Known For: Acting
TOP FIVE ROLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Those We Love
Director Robert Florey’s 1932 melodrama about a woman who suspects her husband of infidelity stars Mary Astor, Kenneth MacKenna, Tommy Conlon, Lilyan Tashman, Hale Hamilton, Cecil Cunningham and Virginia Sale.
Release Date: 1932-09-11
Role: May Ballard
Trapped by Television
An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.
Release Date: 1936-06-15
Role: Barbara ‘Bobby’ Blake
Behind Office Doors
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.
Release Date: 1931-03-15
Role: Mary Linden
Romance of the Underworld
When a gangster’s speakeasy is raided by the police, one of the people picked up is the gangster’s pretty young girlfriend. A kind-hearted cop takes pity on her and helps her get out of that life. While waitressing to earn money for college, she meets a wealthy and handsome young man and they fall in love–but he doesn’t know about her somewhat shady past and her relationship with the gangster.
Release Date: 1928-11-10
Role: Judith Andrews
I Am a Thief
A man dodges jewel thieves while carrying a fortune in diamonds on the Orient Express.
Release Date: 1934-11-24
Role: Odette Mauclair
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