mary astor biog.




American Actress
(1906-87)




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Date of Birth
3 May 1906, Quincy, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
25 September 1987, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart attack)


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    Out of the stars who have changed their names I think Mary Astor had the biggest justication. I mean, her birth name, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, just doesn't have the same ring, or any ring for that matter.

    Her parents should have been made templates for tennis parents. They pushed and pushed and pushed, shoving her into beauty contests in the hope Hollywood would notice and come calling. Sure enough it did and she was there in the silent era culminating with her big break in the 1924 Beau Brummel. The film also led her landing in the bed of big breaks, that of her co-star John Barrymore.

    When talkies came in the late 1920s she was one of the lucky actresses whose voice suited the medium. She became one of the top stars of her day. THoughout the 50s, she kept busy, though the quality of her films started to wane. But in 1941 she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Great Lie. The year she also appeared in Maltese Falcon.

    Her star had reached its zenith. Her private life was a roller coaster with three divorces, the death of her first husband in a plane crash, alcoholism, a suicide attempt, and a persistent heart condition, al of which impacted on her career and meant the roles got smaller. Her final role was in the 1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte where she only got seventh billing.

    Her last days were confined to the Motion Picture Country Home where she died of a heart attack in 1987 at the age of 81.

    Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke is now but a rumour; Mary Astor a star whose flame forever flickers across the silver screen,

    ~ Paul Page, Lenin

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    She was 5' 6"

    Married 4 times: Kenneth Hawks (24 February 1928 - 2 January 1930) (his death); Dr. Franklin Thorpe (1931 - 1936) (divorced) 1 daughter; Manuel del Campo (1936 - 1941) (divorced) 1 son; Thomas Gordon Wheelock (24 December 1945 - 1955) (divorced)

    Her autobiography, My Story caused a frenzy when it was released in 1969

    Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA. Specific Interment Location: N-L523-5

    She was also a stage actress. Noted for her delicate, classic beauty and a renowned profile that earned her the nickname The Cameo Girl. More a character actress than an out-and-out star, she worked in film from the silent era to the 1960s


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